PHA football wins in 500th game

The Patrick Henry Patriots beat Clarendon Hall Sept. 15 by a final score of 30-28 in PHA’s 500th football game.

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots football team faced off against the Saints of Clarendon Hall Sept.  15, in Estill. In the first region game of the season for the Pats, the team played hard and added a 30-28 victory to their season total, now at 3-1.  Last season, Clarendon Hall fell to the Pats by a final score of 38-14.

In Friday night’s game, the Patriots were forced to substitute some players due to illness and one player in particular, Jackson Wiggins, did an excellent job filling in. 

"Jackson Wiggins is unusual,” Head Coach Mike McCoy said. “I have never had a guy on the team like him that could fill in on so many different positions on both offense and defense. He is a valuable asset to our team he would be the hard one to replace."

Batten Bostick rushed for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Kennedy Fairey rushed for 38 yards, with one touchdown and three two-point conversions; two running and one by pass to Daniel Hauptmann. Fairey also completed a 24-yard pass to Kyle Jarrell, who rushed for 37 yards from the fullback position.

"I know the stats offensively weren’t outstanding, but our team did do a great job at controlling the tempo of the game and getting the hard yards when needed, it was truly a true team effort."

Defensively, the Patriots rose to the challenge of the high-ranking Saint offense.

"We had our guys running all over the field on defense, many of them would miss tackles on a play and continue to hustle on the same play and make a tackle on the second attempt," said McCoy.

Leading tacklers were linebackers Jarrell and Garrett Griner with seven each. Fellow linebacker Hauptmann and safety Fairey both had six tackles with Fairey adding a batted pass.

Hunter Spielman had four tackles with Wiggins and Chassereau both tallying three tackles each. Chassereau in this game was used like Jackson on offense; he played safety, nose tackle, linebacker, and defensive end.

"The defense really stepped it up against the most balanced offense we have seen yet, and just played with that never give up attitude the entire game," the head coach said.

Freshman Tison Gohagan only had one tackle, but it was a big effective one that had him tackling the jet back for a loss while sweeping.

“That tackle by Tison was big because he seemed to break the will of the jet back while running him down from nose guard,” stated McCoy.

"This was a great team win, a great team effort, one of the most rewarding wins for me while at PHA," McCoy stated.

Photographs by Lynn Manuel.