PHA vs. Calhoun Oct. 20

  • Photos by Lynn Manuel

Patrick Henry traveled to Calhoun Academy on Friday, Oct 20, and left victorious by a score of 32-22, but PHA’s opponents put up a heck of a fight. 

“Calhoun is a good football team with an explosive big play runner who was very hard to contain,” PHA Head Coach Mike McCoy said. “We rose up to the challenge and did what we had to do to come out ahead of them. Our team made some strides to play with this bunch.”

Calhoun received the ball first and proceeded to drive the ball down to the one-yard line. A fumbled football sent the Patriot offense onto the field. After gaining possession, the Pats drove the ball down the field ending in a score on a Kyle Jarrell 29-yard run; Batten Bostick put the ball over the hashes for the extra two. The touchdown would be the only score of the first quarter.

The Patriots stopped Calhoun on their next possession, then on PHA's next possession the Patriots were forced to punt and Calhoun ran that back to score a TD and tie the game 8-8. The Patriots would then answer the second quarter touchdown of the Cavaliers by adding a Batten Bostick 35-yard run and subsequent Bostick two-point conversion.

Calhoun answered back with a touchdown, but missed the two-point conversion to make it a 16-14 PHA lead going into the half. PHA took the third quarter kickoff and mounted a drive that took almost the entire quarter. Scoring the only touchdown in the third quarter was Bostick completing the drive with a two-point conversion. Kyle Jarrell added a third touchdown late in the fourth quarter with a 25-yard run, with another successful Bostick conversion. Calhoun did add one more score before the game ended in a 32-22 PHA win.

Offensively Bostick again had a heavy rushing load with 261 rushing yards and a touchdown; he also racked up four two-point conversions. Jarrell rushed for 101 yards and crossed the end zone three times.

"I want to give praise to the offensive line, they really controlled the tempo of the game and allowed for us to grind up the small yards to keep drives alive," said McCoy.

Defensively, Daniel Hauptmann had nine tackles, Bostick racked up six tackles and a fumble recovery and Garrett Griner and Jarrell both had four tackles each. Jackson Wiggins had three tackles and a forced fumble. Hunter Spielman made three tackles and a fumble recovery.

PHA's offensive line was center Clayton Richards, guards Jackson Wiggins and Tison Gohagan and tight ends Spielman and Hauptmann.

"This was a good hard-fought win for our team," McCoy said.

Patrick Henry will travel to play Andrew Jackson Academy, the defending state champions, for a region matchup this week. The AJA game will also be the last game of the regular season for PHA.