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You might say Friday's night game at Mount Pleasant was lost two weeks ago when Mike McCoy's Patriots lost their second and third starter for the season. More accurately, Patrick Henry lost Friday night's game when, in the span of 3:00 bracketing halftime, they gave up four touchdowns to Coastal Christian Prep. During that lost three minutes, they also lost senior tailback Paul Daniel DeLoach for the game. They were to lose his replacement and defensive stalwart Gibson Wall minutes later. When McCoy turned and looked at the bench in the third quarter, he saw four of his game one starters sitting there, with another injured starter not traveling with the team. Two weeks ago McCoy, said "I've never had a season like this before". That sentiment certainly was true in the second half Friday night.
Coastal Christian took the opening kickoff and scored in just two plays, on a 36 yard pass from Cameron Barrett to Garrett Lynch. Undaunted, PHA mounted a nine play drive capped by a Paul Daniel DeLoach one yard run. The Cougars quickly scored on another Barrett to Lynch TD pass. Lynch scored four times Friday night. After stopping the Patriots on fourth down, Coastal's Tony Crenshaw scored to make the score 20-8 after one quarter. Crenshaw scored three times Friday night. Early in the second quarter, Gibson Wall scored for PHA, and added the conversion to close the gap to 20-16. Coastal scored twice following a PHA fumble and failed fourth down before DeLoach scored on a two yard run. Freshman QB Blair Moore's conversion run brought the Patriots back to trail just 24-32. "We were in the game right before the half, before the fumbles and those four touchdowns," bemoaned Coach McCoy.
Then, the bottom fell out for the Patriots. Wrapped around a PHA fumble, the Cougars scored twice in nine seconds to take a 48-24 lead into halftime. Coastal Christian opened the second half by taking advantage of two more Patriots miscues to race out to a 64-24 lead. Cone Taylor, the only senior still standing, wasn't quite ready to surrender, as he scored on a rambling, tackle-breaking 19-yard TD run. Freshman Ryan Pevey's conversion run left the score 64-32. Coastal's Crenshaw posted two more touchdowns before Pevey found the end zone again. The Patriots posted one last touchdown, as Moore threw to Tucker Cochran for a 32-yard touchdown. The duo also added the conversion, scoring the final points of the evening as the Patriots dropped their third straight 84-46.
For the night, SCISA's leading runner DeLoach was held to 150 yards rushing before going out in the third quarter. Wall managed 77 yards on the ground before succumbing to injury as well. Freshman Ryan Pevey had his offensive coming out, as he rushed for 42 yards, scored a TD and conversion, and completed a 15 yard pass to Blair Moore on a throwback play. Freshman Will Tuten ran for 55 yards on five carries. Moore was two for three passing on the night with a touchdown.
Senior Cone Taylor led the Patriot defense with seven tackles. Before leaving the game, fellow senior Gibson Wall added six tackles, three for loss. Levi Williams had three tackles, and Moore notched two tackles and two pass deflections.
The Patriots, now 6-3, and 3-3 in region play, will travel to face St. John's Christian next Friday. A win at Moncks Corner might be necessary to guarantee a playoff spot for the Patriots. Coastal Christian improves to 5-3, 5-1 in the region and will travel to Cathedral Academy. These two teams are fighting for the second playoff seed, and the home playoff game that accompanies it.
Patrick Henry Academy of Estill, SC competes in Region 1 of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association 8-man football league.