Portola’s Michael Martinez bolts with the ball while one of Pershing County’s players runs in hot pursuit Sept. 13. Portola lost 36-0 to Pershing County to drop its record to 1-1 for the season. Photo by James Wilson
It was a bad day for the majority of Plumas County’s football teams Sept. 13, as Portola, Quincy and Greenville all lost their games. Portola was trampled by Pershing County, last year’s Nevada state champions.
Quincy was up the majority of its game, but lost in the final minutes of the game to Fall River. Greenville suffered a brutal defeat by Dunsmuir.
Pershing County 36, Portola 0
The Pershing County Mustangs proved their dominance right off the bat. The Mustangs made a long drive that took up the majority of the first quarter to score a touchdown and two-point conversion and take an 8-0 lead.
“We played hard, but made a few too many mistakes to a better team,” commented Portola’s coach Steve Heskett.
Portola’s defense was hard pressed to keep Pershing County from successful rushes. Toward the end of the half, the Mustangs scored another touchdown.
Pershing County scored two more touchdowns in the third quarter to put the game out of reach for the Tigers.
“Do anything but quit,” Heskett was heard telling his team. “Let’s play this thing to the end.”
Portola fumbled twice in final quarter. Pershing County scored one more TD to ice the game.
Fall River 42, Quincy 37
Quincy’s loss to Fall River was hard fought. The Trojans struck first when Matt Beeson completed a 32-yard touchdown pass to Keston Pilgrim in the first quarter. The duo repeated the play later in the quarter to take a 14-6 lead over Fall River.
For every touchdown the Trojans made, Fall River responded with one of its own. The Trojans rushed for one more touchdown in the half, but Fall River took a 28-21 lead with seconds remaining in the half.
Early in the second half, Beeson injured his shoulder and had to sit out the rest of the game. Erik Schwartz took over as quarterback for the remainder of the game.
“That affected us,” commented Quincy’s coach Tom Goss. “Schwartz did an amazing job replacing (Beeson), but it still affected our playbook.”
Quincy regained the lead with a TD run by David Hanna and a two-point conversion keeper by Schwartz. Within a minute, however, Fall River was back in the end zone and regained the lead.
Schwartz once again snuck into the end zone early in the final quarter to give Quincy its final lead. Fall River responded within a couple minutes to score its final touchdown for the victory.
Dunsmuir 45, Greenville 6
Greenville fell behind early and never recovered against Dunsmuir. Dunsmuir was last year’s Division VI champion, and proved to be as strong this year as last.
Dunsmuir scored four touchdowns in the first half, compared to Greenville’s single touchdown. Darian Potts scored Greenville’s touchdown with a run up the middle to take the Indians into the half behind 31-6.
“We did a lot better than last year, though,” said Greenville’s coach Justin Allan. “We gave up some big plays, but just kept going. I think our defense picked it up a bit in the second half.”
In the third quarter, Dunsmuir scored two more touchdowns to end the scoring.