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In what had already been a high scoring half, Patrick Henry was driving toward the Charleston Collegiate goal, hoping to take a two TD lead into the half. Unfortunately the Sun Devils' Khalil Davis had other ideas. Davis, who scored eight TDs on the night, scored on two consecutive Patriot interceptions, giving Collegiate a 40-36 lead at the half.
Mike McCoy's Patriots came into this Homecoming tilt attempting to overcome season ending injuries to two players, Cody Youmans and Brandon DeLoache. This is the second lineup shuffling for PHA this season, having lost halfback Grant Youmans in week one. "We had to be very scared of Collegiate; while they had four losses, they had played some very good teams, and had scored a lot of points," says McCoy.
The first quarter ended with a relatively tame 16-14 Sun Devil lead. PHA scored early in the second quarter, and threatened to take that two score lead until Davis scored on the two interception returns, his fourth and fifth TDs of the half.
The Patriots refused to fold, as Paul Daniel DeLoach scored three touchdowns in the third quarter, but PHA still trailed 64-58 going into the fourth quarter. Behind the running of DeLoach, who rushed for a school record 533 yards on 49 carries, and Gibson Wall's 171 yards, the Patriots did their best to stay in the game. Collegiate took an 86-70 lead with 1:10 left on the clock, but Wall was not ready to quit. He took the ensuing kickoff and raced 75 yards for a score; Wall had four kickoff returns for 166 yards. The Sun Devils recovered the ensuing onside kick, and were able to run out the clock and notch the 86-78 win.
Patrick Henry managed 734 yards of offense on the night, but it was their inability to stop the Sun Devils passing game, and especially Davis, that doomed them to defeat. The Patriot defense was led by DeLoach with eight tackles and Jesse Peebles with five.
The Patriots, now 6-2, and 3-2 in region play, will travel to Coastal Christian Prep next Friday. Charleston Collegiate improves to 3-4, 3-2 in the region and will travel to St. John's Christian next week.
Patrick Henry Academy of Estill, SC competes in Region 1 of the South Carolina Independent Schools Association 8-man football league.
Questions? AD: Mike McCoy 803-625-0355, Stats: Greg Jones 803- 943-3041
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