There are several reasons why the Pleasantville football team is on the doorstep of the NJSIAA state playoffs. Perhaps the biggest reason has been the play of junior running back/linebacker Mohamed Toure.
Last Friday night, the Greyhound were in a must-win situation when they hosted Gloucester Catholic. Toure showed the Rams why he is one of the top players in the West Jersey Football League, and why he is worthy of being our Bunting Family Pharmacy Athlete of the Week for the week ending Oct. 28.
Toure rushed the ball 13 times for 167 yards and scored four touchdowns, as the Greyhounds beat the Rams, 66-40, in a topsy-turvy game that saw 99 combined points scored after the first quarter. Toure scored in each of the final three quarters, and also was all over the field on defense as he pulls double duty as Pleasantville’s inside linebacker. He finished with 12 tackles to lead the team.
He also showed his versatility as a running back, scoring from as few as four yards out while also breaking big touchdown runs of 27 and 57 yards to showcase his speed. Oh, and he also kicked two extra points and ran in a two-point conversion for good measure.
“Offensively, we looked good, we just have to tighten a few things up. I have faith in my boys. We kept our heads up and kept our cool,” Toure said after the game. “We couldn’t let up defensively. We have a lot to work on defensively before play Middle Township.”
Senior Le’Quai Athill said that every time Gloucester Catholic scored touchdowns to seemingly get back in the game, the Greyhounds knew who to turn to in order to finally put the Rams away.
“I just kept saying, every time we were down, ‘feed the beast. Feed the best.’ He’s a heck of a football player,” Athill said of Toure. “Our offense just has to make plays, and just make less mistakes. We’ve worked so hard (to be in this position) but we can’t think we’re going to get in (to the playoffs). We have to play (against Middle) like it’s a playoff game, do our best and take care of business.”
— Dave O’Sullivan, Staff Writer