PHA wins over Providence Athletic Club
Patrick Henry Academy played Providence Athletic Club (PAC) Oct. 13 for the second week in a row, this time at home, during the school’s Senior Night. The game was also the Patriots’ last regular season home game, which ended in an 18-0 victory for the Pats.
"Just as last week was a struggle for us offensively, this week was no different. They still are a tough squad on defense and they made us get out of our element a bit,” said PHA Head Coach Mike McCoy
The Patriots moved senior tight end Jackson Wiggins back to quarterback, a position which he has played in the past. Jackson Wiggins and Garrett Griner switched positions on offense.
"The main problem with moving Jackson to quarterback is that he is one of our best blockers,” the head coach said. "It was a good thing we made the move because the only way we scored was in the air.”
No one scored in the first quarter even though the Patriots were able to move the ball better than the week before. In the second quarter, Jackson Wiggins hit Daniel Hauptmann first on a 20-yard pass for a touchdown and later in the quarter for a 45-yard touchdown pass with both conversions failing, taking a 12-0 lead going into halftime.
The Patriots added another touchdown in the third quarter with a Wiggins 17-yard pass to Griner, again without converting the two-point conversion. The score would remain 18-0 and be the final score of the game.
“Again, we have got to give credit to the defense; we held them to a score of zero. We controlled the tempo with the much improved play of the offensive line from last week’s game," McCoy said.
The Patriots just ran the ball in the fourth quarter allowing the clock to run and played another stingy defensive game.
Offensively, Batten Bostick ran for 145 yards and reached the 1,000-yard mark on the season.
"I know we have had backs in the past to have more rushing yards for us, but that doesn't mean they worked any harder than Batten. All of his yards have been hard-earned yards and he has been our work horse for the season," stated McCoy.
Defensively, the Patriots were led in tackles by Hunter Spielman with 10. He had been sidelined the last two games. Bostick had nine tackles and an interception. Harley Beach had seven tackles, Griner had six tackles and a fumble recovery, and Kyle Jarrell had five tackles with a fumble recovery, and several other Patriots had a single tackle.
"It is unusual to play the same team two weeks in a row, and I think both teams made adjustments and improved play for the second game. It was a good win for our seniors on Senior Night," the head coach said.
The Patriots still have two games left to play on the road. This week they will travel to Calhoun Academy, a team that has moved down to 8-man football this season for the first time.
"Calhoun is a very good team with a very outstanding running back/quarterback, depending on where they play him. He looks like possibly the hardest runner we will have faced up to this point," McCoy said.