PHA prevails over Andrew Jackson Oct. 27

Patrick Henry traveled to region rival, Andrew Jackson, on Oct 27. The Patriots lost to the Confederates of AJA by a score of 38-34.

"We knew we were going up the road to play a tough opponent, as well as a region rival. I felt like going into the game we were ready, and at the same time I knew the caliber of team our opponent was," stated PHA Head Coach Mike McCoy.

Andrew Jackson scored the first touchdown and then the Patriots answered it with a Batten Bostick run, but the Confederates held the Patriots for the rest of the half with the Patriots going in at halftime trailing 32-6.

"I really was thinking at that point let’s just get out of this game healthy and survive to play another day since the playoffs are next week and we had already earned a home game," said McCoy.

Coming out after halftime, the Patriots put a drive together with quarterback Jackson Wiggins scrambling and then running a 30-yard touchdown. Bostick converted on the two-point conversion. The Pats held out the Confederates on their next drive and then Patrick Henry put together another drive ending with a one-yard Kyle Jarrell run.

Again, the Patriots would add their third unanswered touchdown of the third quarter with a Bostick 68 yard breakaway touchdown run and Jackson Wiggins adding the conversion with a pass to Daniel Hauptmann. Andrew Jackson led 32-28 at the end of the third quarter.

Going into the fourth, the Confederates added another touchdown after a lengthy, time-consuming drive, and the Patriots quickly answered it with a Hunter Spielman nine-yard touchdown reception from Wiggins. The Patriots made an attempt for an onside kick but it failed and AJA let the clock expire for the win.

Offensively, the Patriots were led in rushing by Bostick with 176 yards and two touchdowns, and Wiggins rushing for 35 yards with a rushing and a passing touchdown. Jarrell also rushed for a touchdown, as well. Spielman had three receptions for 46 yards and a touchdown. Hauptmann had two catches for 20 yards, with one of them being a two-point conversion.

Defensively, the Patriots were led in tackling by Clayton Richards with 11, while Bostick, Hauptmann and Harley Beach all had 10 tackles each. Jarrell, Garrett Griner, and Spielman all had five tackles and Wiggins added four.

"When you look at the stats it appeared we had a good game with high stats on offense and four players on defense with at least 10 tackles, and we did play a good game, it was just the opponent that we played is the two-time defending state champions and hasn't lost a game in a couple of years. I felt like we had a good game," McCoy said.

"You have to give it to them; they are a very good, well balanced football team and we did have a few chances late in the game to come out with a win but we fell short," he added.

Next week, the Patriots will host W.W. King Academy. The Patriots played W.W. King for their second game this season and came out with a 36-14 victory.

"King is the team that beat us in the 2nd round of the playoffs last year and went on to play Andrew Jackson in the state championship," said McCoy.

"This is a different King team than we played in week two, they had just come into the game losing a good number to injury and were just trying to put some type of game plan together. Now they have some of those back, and have adapted  to a game plan with the personnel,” said the head coach.