Patriots relying on offense to lead the way

Published 3:00 am Friday, October 2, 2015

The Pike Liberal Arts School Patriots close out a two-game stretch against non-region opponents tonight when they hit the road to play Chambers Academy in LaFayette.

The Patriots (3-2, 1-2) won their last two games against Evangel Christian and South Montgomery County Academy by a combine score of 107-13.

“We keep trying to get better at what we do,” said Patriots head coach Gene Allen. “We did some good things last week. I think we completed 15 of 16 passes which is good because we are going to have to throw the ball down the line.”

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The person in charge of completing those passes for the Patriots is sophomore quarterback Reed Jinright.

Since he was named full-time starter a few weeks ago, Jinright has continued to get stronger each week.

“He has made strides,” said Patriots offensive coordinator Arlton Hudson “His footwork and his release have gotten a lot better. He has a lot of potential. If he can grow a couple more inches, there will be a lot of people interested in him.”

Not only does Jinright have the athletic ability to excel at the quarterback position, he also has a knack for outworking anybody else on the football field and in the weight room.

“The thing he does is out-work everybody,” Hudson said. “In the weight, room everything he does, he wants to get better at.”

Jinright’s leadership skills, both on and off the football field, have been an influence on the offense. The Patriots have scored a combined a combined 160 points this season and even though the Patriots have averaged just 10 points in their two losses this season, in their two wins the Patriots are averaging a robust 46 points.

Chambers (4-1) is on a three-game win streak. Like PLAS in they games they win, they average big numbers on the offensive side of the football.

“Last year they came down here and ran it down our throats on the first drive,” Allen said. “We are going to have to be strong at tackling. They don’t throw the ball a whole lot, but they do a great job at running it. They do a lot of misdirection that puts a lot of pressure on the guys to stay at home.”

The Patriots and the Rebels will kick things off at 7 p.m. at Tobert Field in LaFayette.