Pike PeeWee keeps dream of undefeated season alive
Published 11:00 pm Tuesday, October 8, 2013
The Pike PeeWee Patriots used the big play in the second half to defeat the Hooper Colts 36-8 Tuesday night in Troy.
The Patriot’s first half performance showed little to suggest the offensive explosion that was coming in the second half. The Patriots did not find the scoreboard until Davis Allen scored from 12 yards out on a fourth down with 26 seconds to go in the first half. Greg Cumbie converted a two-point try to give Pike a 8-0 lead at halftime.
After halftime, the Patriot offense started rolling and did not let up until the final whistle. Braxton Barron got things started for the Patriots with a 45-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the second half. Allen jogged in on the two-point conversion to give the Patriots a 16-0 lead.
It was another one play scoring drive for the Patriots on their next possession when Allen took the ball 67 yards on a quarterback-keeper to put the Patriots up by 22. A failed two-point conversion meant that the score stood at 22-0 heading into the fourth quarter.
Jackson Senn added another big play for the Patriots when he ran 65 yards for another Patriot touchdown. An Allen two-point conversion gave the Patriots a comfortable 30 point lead.
Hooper would eventually find the scoreboard on a 27 yard Trevor Haney run with 4:57 left in the ball game. Allen added the final score of the night for the Patriots with just over two minutes left in the game on a two-yard quarterback sneak.
Coach Wes Allen said that, despite the slow start, he was proud of his team’s effort. “Overall, we did pretty well,” Allen said. “We came out sluggish, but I liked our intensity in the second half, and we finished well.”
Allen also had praise for his opponent. “Hooper is a well-coached, hard-nosed football team. We won the ball game, but they are a very good team.”
With the win, the Patriots move to 7-0 on the season. Pike will try for an undefeated season when the play St. James in Montgomery next Tuesday.
The JV Patriots had less luck in a defeat at the hands of the Hooper Academy Colts.
The Patriots has trouble stopping the Colts passing attack and mustered little on offense.
Hooper used a big first half from Michael Wright to seize control of the game. Wright accounted for three touchdowns in the first half alone, scoring on a 15-yard option run, a 68-yard halfback pass, and a 12-yard option run.
Wright also added an interception on defense in the first half.
The junior varsity team will look to bounce back when they take on St. James next Tuesday in Montgomery.