Pike Lib makes most of turnovers in 62-6 win

Published 11:46 pm Friday, September 25, 2015

Marquese Christian runs the football Friday night in a 62-6 win for the Pike Liberal Arts Patriots over South Montgomery County Academy.  (Photo/Mike Hensley)

Marquese Christian runs the football Friday night in a 62-6 win for the Pike Liberal Arts Patriots over South Montgomery County Academy. (Photo/Mike Hensley)

The Patriots forced six turnovers and brought quick strikes on the offense to gain a convincing 62-6 win over South Montgomery Academy on Friday.

“It was a good game,” said head coach Gene Allen. “We came out and started the game really well.”

After taking the opening kickoff, the Patriots struck quickly on a 62-yard pass from Reed Jinright to Dakota Maconnell for the first touchdown of the night.

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Jinright had an impressive outing completing all eight of his passes for 195 yards and three touchdowns. Holman Outlaw also saw time at QB, going three-for-four for 39 years and one touchdown pass.

“(Jinright) threw the ball well and Holman came in and threw the ball well, as well,” Allen said. “All of that is much needed because we haven’t come out and thrown the ball well the last two weeks. It was a big plus for us.”

Jinright said his confidence is growing. “I have a ways to go but I like where I’m at right now,” Jinright said. “We have really worked hard in the weight room and do a good job on the field.”

The Patriot defense joined the act after forcing a fumble that was recovered by David Laviner at the SMCA 20-yard line. It was one of six turnovers recovered by the Patriots, including two interceptions.

The Patriots looked to score immediately on 20-yard run by Adam Grice but it was called back on a holding penalty. The Patriots made up for it on a two-yard touchdown run by Jinright to give the Patriots a 14-0 lead.

SMCA took their next drive and drove down the field and went deep into Patriot territory before PLAS stood tall and turned the ball over on downs.

The quick-striking Patriots received a big completion by Hayes Lee for 41-yardsin the next series. It was followed by a quick completion to Marquese Christian and an 11-yard run by Jinright. Lee then hauled in another touchdown catch from 34-yards out.

“I thought we played tough.” Allen said. “We got a lot of turnovers again which is a plus.”

The first half was a half of big plays for the Patriots and that occurred early in the second quarter. After a 17-run, Jinright connected with Christian on a pass from 30 yards out. Christian closed out the drive with a five-yard touchdown reception to make the score 28-0.

The defense was opportunistic all evening long. With 6:07 left in the second quarter, Tyler Hussey brought in the second turnover on the night on a one-handed interception to give the Patriots possession at their 45-yard line.

Dacoda McConnell helped the Patriots cash in on the turnover with a 27-yard touchdown pass from new quarterback Holman Outlaw.

The Patriots closed out the first half with a 48-yard touchdown run by Tyler Hussey, sending the Patriots into the half with commanding 42-0 lead.

The Pats picked up another interception early in the third quarter, this time by Trent Orum. The Patriots turned the ball over on fumble that was returned by Nathaniel Hebbert for a touchdown, giving SMCA their only points of the night.

The Patriots got touchdowns by JT Ball on a five-yard run, a 35-yard touchdown by Reed Johnson after yet another Patriots interception by Ridge Knotts. Cason Murphree closed out the scoring the Patriots on a 63-yard touchdown run.

Murphree led the Patriots in rushing with 98 yards on just five carries. McDonald finished the game 89 yards on two catches, both of them for touchdowns.

“Once again we got all our guys in” Allen said. “That keeps the morale up

The Patriots look to extend their winning streak next week when they travel to Lafayette to play Chambers Academy in another non-region contest.