Patriots fall to Beaufort Academy September 1

Patrick Henry Academy fell to Beaufort Academy at Cone Field September 1 after a strong comeback attempt.

Although the Patriots made a strong comeback drive late in the first half of a September 1 home matchup against Beaufort Academy, their effort was too little, too late as the Pats fell to the Eagles by a final score of 28-22.

The Eagles strapped on their pads and came ready to play, putting 16 points on the board by the middle of the second quarter. The Pats answered back in the second quarter, however, with a touchdown by Garrett Griner and the extra two points tacked on by Kyle Jarrell. The Pats followed their first TD of the night up with a much-needed defensive stop during the next Eagle drive, which later lead to a Batten Bostick touchdown run and a subsequent two-point conversion by way of a Jackson-Wiggins-to-Daniel-Hauptmann pass to put the game at 16-14 with minutes to play in the first half.

The Eagles felt the pressure of the clock and answered right back with a long pass, which was aided by a pass-interference penalty on PHA. After the penalty, the Eagles capitalized on their field position and ran a one-yard touchdown, putting the score at 22-16 entering halftime.

The Eagles added another touchdown in the third quarter and PHA’s Batten Bostick answered with his own rushing touchdown to put the score at 28-22. Both teams defenses entered a war of attrition, and no further scoring occurred before the final buzzer.

Offensively, the Patriots were missing starting quarterback Kennedy Fairey. Jackson Wiggins moved from his right tight end position to quarterback and Hunter Spielman flipped from left to right tight end; Daniel Hauptmann was asked to play a bigger role on offense by playing Spielman's tight end position, said PHA head Coach Mike McCoy.

"I'm not sure we were totally ready to play with Kennedy out of the lineup, and I have to blame myself for that. If he is out this coming week we will be more prepared," McCoy said. "It’s not like we didn't move the ball, we just had a drive or two stall out, and had a couple of penalties that pushed us back making it harder to overcome.”

On offense, Batten Bostick led the Pats with 207 rushing yards and two touchdowns; Garrett Griner added 39 yards and a score of his own. From the fullback position, Kyle Jarrell racked up 39 yards and a two-point conversion, as well.

Defensively the Patriots were led in tackles by Garrett Griner, Kyle Jarrell and Batten Bostick with five each, and Daniel Hauptmann, Hunter Spielman and Harley Beach with three tackles each; Spielman and Beach each earned a QB sack. Many other Patriot defense and special teams members added tackles of their own, as well.

"Defensively, it wasn't like we played bad, maybe our technique was sloppy at times, but Beaufort had an exceptional running back,” McCoy said. “We did play hard and with enthusiasm, but could have done better by wrapping up on him. We did do a good job putting pressure on their passing game, and aside from one drive shut it down.”

This is Patrick Henry's first football loss to Beaufort Academy and PHA's first loss of the season.

"I know we lost the game, but this is a good Beaufort squad. Our team is young and still showing improvements. It's early in the season and we still have a lot more of football to play," McCoy said. "All we can do now is try to learn from our mistakes and go back to work and try to be ready for Faith Christian next week.”

Photos by Lynn Manuel.