PHA prevails over King
The Patriots of PHA won their first round playoff matchup against W.W. King Nov. 3 during a high scoring game.
On Nov. 3, the Patrick Henry Academy Patriots took on WW King in the first round of their playoffs. After a weak defensive night, both teams reached double digits before King kneeled to the Pats 60-48. Entering the halftime break, King and PHA were deadlocked at 36-36.
"I knew this was going to be tough because we played a very different WW King team the second week of the season, they were nursing a few injuries and it was still early in the year", said PHA Head Coach McCoy. "I knew that they would play hard as they always do especially in the playoffs, and I know our team felt like we truly earned that win Friday.”
PHA will now advance to week two of playoffs to battle the Raiders of Jefferson Davis Academy, which is coming off of a bye week. A region champion in their division, Jefferson Davis will host PHA which beat them earlier in the season.
According to McCoy, the Raiders of Jefferson Davis are favored to win over the Patriots on all the polls.
"I don't know a whole lot about these polls, but I do know that Jefferson Davis is a very athletic team that is well balanced and is not the same team that we played earlier in the season," said McCoy. "Our team will do all we can to prepare for this game and we are not going up there and lay down for them, I hope we can pick up something that we learned from the effort that WW King brought to our home field.”
On the offensive side of scrimmage, the Pats brought 10 drives against King, with seven of those drives ending in a touchdown. Batten Bostick added to his already stellar rushing total, with a season total now at 1,897 yards. All tallied, PHA carried the ball 48 times for 425 yards for seven touchdowns. Bostick led the way in carries, with 38 and 375 yards and five touchdowns and four two-point conversions. Jackson Wiggins and Daniel Hauptmann put the other two touchdowns on the board.
Defensively, Garrett Griner came off the field with four tackles, one interception, a fumble recovery and a pass breakup; Bostick had eight tackles; Hauptmann made 11 tackles; Kyle Jarrell made nine tackles; Hunter Spielman made five tackles and two pass deflections and Clayton Richards came off the field with seven tackles, including several other Pats who made hits, as well.
Photos by Lynn Manuel, PHA.