Drew Starling attempts to wrestle down a Macon-East player on Thursday night. (Photo/Wes Johnson)

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Pike Liberal Arts falls in flag-filled game

Published 11:17pm Thursday, September 20, 2012

30 penalties, 11 unsportsmanlike conduct fouls, two ejections, and one Pike Liberal Arts touchdown.

The most exhausted people walking off the field of Thursday night’s 28-7 Macon-East win were easily the officials.

In a game that saw little offensive production, penalty flags kept the ball moving in one direction or another.

The Knights (4-1) controlled the game from the start. The opening kickoff was returned for a touchdown, but a holding call brought it back to the Macon-East 22. Noland McNeely took the first play from scrimmage 70 yards to the Pike 3. Two plays later, Peyton Whittle opened the scoring from 1-yard out, giving Macon-East the 7-0 advantage.

Pike (1-4) would punt after its first drive stalled and Whittle returned it 80 yards to the Patriots 10. Immediately, Kyle White took the handoff and scored, laying claim to a 14-0 lead just seven minutes into the contest.

Macon-East forced the Patriots to go three-and-out before White scampered 53 yards for what would have been a touchdown, but to no one’s surprise a penalty nullified the play.

Four plays later, White would find the end zone with 1:18 left in the opening quarter on a 25-yard run padded the Knights lead to 21-0.

After scoring on its first three possessions, Macon-East would punt and fumble on its final two drives of the first half.

Things wouldn’t get much better for the Knights as they turned the ball over on their first two possessions of the second half, but the Patriots could not capitalize.

Macon-East would extend its lead with 2:10 in the third quarter on a 11-yard run from White.

The game seemed to spiral out of control as six unsportsmanlike penalties were thrown in a two minute span.

After order was restored, Pike drove the ball 72 yards scoring on a 14-yard pass from quarterback Russ Thomas to Dustin Newman.

Macon-East out-gained Pike 259-122. The teams combined for 170 yards in penalties on 30 penalties, many of which were offsetting.

Pike will be back in action on Sept. 28 when they travel to Escambia Academy to face former Charles Henderson head coach Hugh Fountain.

Game time is 7 p.m.

  • EAGLE88

    11 unsportsman like penalties and 2 ejections, where are all the comments?

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  • Hilltop

    When does high school baseball start back up? It is obvious this football season is in the tank for the area high schools. The coaches seem to have lost control.

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  • muledeer

    Every time I read an article written by Wes Johnson about the Pike Liberal Arts School football games, it seems very evident that he has a bone to pick with someone at Pike Liberal. To state in his article that the only people exhausted after the game were the officials is rediculous. Pike Liberal is clearly in a rebuilding year after graduating 22 seniors last year. I would rather Wes not write about their games than to bash those young boys who are working their backsides off for the future !

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    • http://www.troymessenger.com Wes Johnson

      I will begin by saying I have no bone to pick with anyone at Pike Liberal Arts at all. I know all the coaches and a lot of the players personally.

      I believe you misquoted me by saying “the only people exhausted where the officials” when what was actually written was “the most exhausted people”.

      If you were at the game you would have clearly witnessed the abundance of penalties. To put it in perspective, the teams ran somewhere around 100 plays combined. There were flags thrown on 30% of those. It would be fair to say that stood out and was the reason for its placement in the article.

      No bone to pick. Hope Pike improves and returns to their championship form.

      Thanks for reading and hope you enjoy my future articles on Pike Liberal Arts.

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    • Bulldogsbaby

      I see complaints when Wes doesn’t do a play by play on PLA games, now he gets complaints when he does? If peopl don’t like the way he writes why not go to journalism school and get a job writing sports yourselves? The man stretches himself out over four schools in this county every week.

      Now my only question, Wes, is this? Were the unsportsmanlike calls against Pike or Macon and which school had the ejected players? Keep up the writing, you have done your best to cover all of the schools in all sports something that hasn’t been done in a while!

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  • tony clifton

    Now this game would have been a classy game to watch. I would love to bring my family to this game. Ejections, fights, flags and out of control. Six unsportsmanlike penalties in 2 min? I may attend next weeks game for that kind of action. And please leave Wes alone. He does a great job despite the crap you bozos write about him. I am sure he would hand you his clipboard if you want it. Thank you Wes for the support in the community.

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