Pigskin Preview: Pleasant Plains Cardinals


School: Pleasant Plains

Mascot: Cardinals

Head Coach: John Hambelton

Years at School: 1 year as head coach (7-4), 1 year as assistant

Overall Record: 16-31

Assistant Coaches: David Bergschneider, Trent Quarton, Jason Boesdorfer, Gage Thompson, Cotey Thompson

Last Year’s Conference Record: 6-3 

Last Year’s Overall Record: 7-4

Postseason: Lost 2ndround

2018 Team Scoring Average: 29.3

2018 Team Yards per Game Average:  313

2018 Team Yards per Game Passing: 166

2018 Team Yards per Game Rushing: 150

2018 Team Points Allowed Per Game: 21.8

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game:276

2018 Team Yards Allowed per Game Passing:174

2018 Team Yards Allowed Per Game Rushing:102

School State Championships: 0

School Conference Championships: 0

Biggest Rival Game Every Year:

Number of Players out this season: 45

Number of returning letterman: 8

Number of returning starters: 8

Offense: 5

Defense: 3

Top Returnees from 2018


QB      Brenden Flanigan       SR       5’ 11”  145      (Passing stats- 136-247; 1,825 yards; 19 TD)

OL       Luke Ozenkoski          SR       6’ 3”    260

OL       Jeremiah Carter           JR        6’ 1”    225


CB       Nick Sunley                6’         165      (2 INT)

CB       Dakota Sunley            6’         186      (2 INT)

LB       Jeremiah Carter           6’ 1”    225      (59 tackles; 1 INT)

Who are the newcomers we should know about and why?

Devin Tom and Dakota Sunley. Both players have been waiting their turn at the JV level and have produced nicely there. We need them to step up this year and we expect them to do that on both sides of the ball.

AJ Pankey is going to switch from offensive line to tight end and he has made a very natural transition. AJ is an athletic kid that moved to offensive line for us last year very unselfishly out of need, but now we feel like he is in a more natural position.  He is a big piece of our puzzle on the offensive line and defensive line.

What are the questions marks for this team heading into the 2019 season?

We have guys who are ready to play on Friday nights, they just haven’t had a major role yet.  We believe we have guys that can step in and play.  Last year we were very young on both offensive and defensive lines so that was an area that hurt us.  We believe we are better on both lines right now, and we will spread the ball around enough to be effective on offense.  I think you will see a variety of guys contributing on the offensive side of the ball.

What’s something unique about this team that’s worth noting? 

I think it will just be interesting to see how we reload.  We truly have guys that can play that just haven’t been asked to do much on Friday nights yet.  Now it’s their turn and we really feel like we will be successful with scheme, and everyone doing their job.

Head Coach John Hambelton says: