Patriots win big during Homecoming

  • Photo by Lynn Manuel, Guardian contributing photographer.
  • Photo provided by Mary Beth Poston

The Patrick Henry Academy Patriots football team was in fine form Sept. 22 at Cone Field for the school’s annual homecoming game. After the dust settled, the Pats came away with a 32-12 win over Jefferson Davis Academy.

Jefferson Davis is a solid team that you hate to have scheduled as a homecoming opponent, but due to the makeup of our schedule there was nowhere (else) to make homecoming,” said PHA Head Coach Mike McCoy. “We caught them at a good time for us. They are a different team when they are healthy, but still a solid football team either way. They were a very physical team and strong on their line.”

JD came out swinging and scored the first touchdown of the night when they returned a punt by Daniel Hauptmann to put six points on the board. The Pats took back the lead in the second quarter by way of a Batten Bostick touchdown run, which he then added to after a successful two-point conversion run.

With the lead 8-6, the Pats never looked back and held their lead for the duration of the matchup. A Kennedy Fairey touchdown pass late in the second quarter advanced the team’s lead to 10 at the half.

The third quarter was a defensive stalemate for both sides and the score remained at 16-6 going into the fourth. Late in the fourth quarter, PHA scored again on a quarterback run by Fairey; a pass to Wiggins for an extra two made the score 24-6. 

With time quickly dwindling in the final quarter, the Pats made a successful onside kick. On the very next play, Fairey connected with Garrett Griner for a 50-yard touchdown pass, with Neil Chassereau putting two extra on the board.

JDA would not be silenced, however, and proceeded to march the ball right back down the field for a touchdown of their own with time running out in regulation to make the score 32-12. The Pats took a knee to finish the game upon receiving the ball. 

“Other than the 4th quarter scoring, the game was really close. It really felt like we were in a tight ball game the entire way, and we were excited to gain a homecoming victory. The team always holds the homecoming game as a special game, so it felt good to come out of there with a win,” said the head coach.

Offensively, Bostick rushed for 151 yards and scored two touchdowns. Chassereau rushed for 31 yards off of only four carries; fullback Kyle Jarrell provided blocking for all of PHA's tailbacks, and rushed for 12 hard yards and had a reception for 22 yards;  Hauptmann caught a 27-yard pass for a touchdown; Griner caught a 50-yard pass for a touchdown and Fairey completed four passes for 102 yards off of nine pass attempts.

“Offensively, our line did a good job controlling the pace of the game and allowing us to move the ball against a solid defense," McCoy stated.

Defensively, Griner led the Patriots in tackles with six; he also had an interception. Bostick, Hauptmann, and Harley Beach each had five tackles. Jarrell had three tackles, Chassereau also had three and a batted pass and Jackson Wiggins had two tackles and a fumble recovery. Several other Pats came away with a tackle, as well.

"Defensively we did well adjusting to the multiple looks Jefferson Davis threw at us offensively. We played together as a team and a defensive unit on the field, making it difficult for them to score. I really think the team and coaching staff did a good job of shifting players around as the injuries came throughout the game. We finished the game with several key players on defense out… so the entire victory was a team effort,” said a proud McCoy.

Patrick Henry improved its record to 4-1 on the season. The Patriots have not played an away game yet due to Beaufort Academy having field problems and the game at Faith Christian getting canceled due to Hurricane Irma, and now the backside of the schedule will just about be reversed, with only one game at home out of the last five.

"We have truly had an unusual season by playing five games in a row at home. This will be a new kind of challenge to our team to not see but one game at home," stated McCoy.

The Patriots will travel to Coastal Christian Academy, of Mount Pleasant, this Friday. Coastal Christian is having a good season in their own right with a few big wins on the season and may be a tough road opponent for the Patriots.