Watch the game at: PORTA vs Pittsfield
The Bluejays began their 2015 Homecoming games with an 0-4 record and had high hopes for a victory against the 0-4 Pittsfield Saukies.
PORTA received the opening kickoff but couldn’t get the ball moving. After a punt, Pittsfield’s offense quickly scored on a 54 yard rushing play with 9:19 remaining in the first quarter and went up 8-0.
PORTA fumbled on their first play of their next possession and the Saukies recovered on PORTA’s 35 yard line. The Saukies again quickly scored on a 1 yard pass to make the score 14-0 after a missed extra point attempt.
PORTA was able to move the ball a bit on their next possession but was forced to punt. Pittsfield scored again on a 55 yard touchdown pass bringing the score to 21-0 with 2:03 remaining in the first.
PORTA stepped up in the 2nd quarter with big plays. Morgan Gum made a sack on Pittsfield’s quarterback for a huge loss, forcing Pittsfield to punt. The Jays then marched downfield on several rushes from Brandon Allison and a 24 yard reception by Trevor Watson. The Jays scored on 2 yard pass from Sam Wenda to Trevor Watson. The 2 point conversion pass to Wade Tittle was good, bringing the score to 21-8 with 4:44 remaining in the 2nd quarter.
Pittsfield quickly scored on their next possession on a long touchdown pass bringing the score to 27-8 with 2:36 remaining in the first half.
On PORTA’s next possession they moved the ball down into Saukie’s territory. Sam Wenda attempted to pass, but the ball was stripped and the Pittsfield defender ran the ball downfield for a score. The score was 34-8 at the half in favor of the Saukies.
The second half opened with PORTA kicking off. The Saukies moved the ball down field for a quick score, bringing it to 41-8 with 9:32 in the 3rd quarter.
PORTA scored on their next possession on a 13 yard TD pass to Wade Tittle bringing the score to 41-15 with 8:44 left in the 3rd.
PORTA’s defense held strong thanks to a big sack by Colton Craine. After the punt, PORTA took over on their 21 yard line. Several rushing plays by Allison and a 38 yard pass from Sam Wenda to Wade Tittle moved the ball to the 3 yard line. Unfortunately, the Jays could not punch into the end zone.
Pittsfield fumbled on their next possession and Turner Jorns recovered for PORTA on the 14 yard line. Devin Lasanska scored on a 2 yard run in the 4th quarter to bring the score to 41-22 with 11:55 left in the game.
Pittsfield again fumbled on their possession and the Jays recover with 10:29 remaining. Jays moved the ball on passes from Wenda to Watson and Tittle. Wenda tossed a TD pass to Tittle with 7:42 remaining to bring the score to 41-29.
Pittsfield held on to the ball during their next possession and scored on a 2 yard run with 3:57 remaining in the game to bring the score to 48-29.
PORTA moved the ball downfield. With 2:09 left in the game Sam Wenda’s pass was intercepted and returned 80 yards for another Saukie touchdown, bringing the score to 55-29.
PORTA’s hurry-up offense moved the ball to the 4 yard line in a final attempt to score, but the Jays fell short as time ran out.
The final score of 55-29 doesn’t reflect how hard the Jays played throughout the game. Big hits, sacks and exciting catches by PORTA showed that they were fired up for the game. Unfortunately, 3 turnovers and missed coverage on the defensive backfield was the difference in the game.
PORTA faces the surging Auburn Trojans next week.