Termites lose, Wildcats win big

Published 3:00 am Wednesday, October 15, 2014

The Pike Liberal Arts Patriots’ Termite and Peewee football teams hosted the Edgewood Wildcats Tuesday evening at Delaney Kervin Stadium.

The Termites lost to the Wildcats 8-6, but the Peewee team was able to pull out a 20-0 win over Edgewood.

The Termite Patriots failed to come back from an 8-6 Edgewood lead, and head coach for the Termites Kevin Smith said regardless of the loss, it was the best game the Termites had played all season.

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“In the regular season, the first game we lost 24-6 to Lee Scott,” Smith said. “They had a really good team and we should have won.

“We bobbled the snap on the two-point conversion but other than that we really ran down the field all night. It was incredible.”

The Termites finished their year with a record of 3-2 for the season, and Smith said he had seen huge growth from the team during the season.

“Being able to watch them mature and grow up has been great,” Smith said. “They were not mentally tough, and now they’ve become mentally tough. Now, they get hit and they realize it’ll go away in a few minutes and they keep battling.”

The Peewee Patriots also faced the Edgewood Wildcats Tuesday and led the Wildcats 6-0 following a 10-yard touchdown pass from Drew Nelson to Jackson Senn with 12 seconds remaining in the first half.

The Peewee Patriots went for the two-point conversion following the touchdown, but were unable to complete the drive.

Senn scored for the Patriots with 4:25 reaming in the ballgame and pushed the score to 14-0 after successfully completing a two-point conversion.

The team scored just once more after a 36-yard touchdown carry by Nelson with 1:30 left in the game.

The Peewee Patriots were able to hold the Wildcats scoreless, and head coach for the Peewee Patriots, Jeff Knotts said if the team had played that well all season, they would have been undefeated.

“They’ve been on fall break all week,” Knotts said. “I don’t know if that has helped. I think they came ready to play tonight. We played our first two games at home and then we were on the road for four weeks.”

“This is the first time we’ve been here in a month. I think it’s just tired them out traveling every week.”

The Peewee Patriots were 4-3 for the season, and will play their last game of the season against the Glenwood Gators next Tuesday at 5 p.m.

Knotts said the team would be ready to play as long as they remembered the feeling of winning.

“We just tell them how this feels,” Knotts said.

“We make sure when they win, they know how it feels and when they lose, they know how it feels.”

“This will be the sixth graders’ last Peewee game, so I know they’ll be ready.”

The junior varsity team will also have a game against the Gators following the finish of the Peewee matchup.