PLAS JV wins sixth game of the year

Published 3:00 am Friday, October 9, 2015

The Pike Liberal Arts Junior Varsity Patriot football team kept rolling Tuesday night when they defeated the Hooper Academy Colts 27-18.

The win for the Patriots gives them a 6-1 record on the season with just one game remaining until the end of the season.

It was a tale of two halves for the Patriots. Other than a big interception for a touchdown by Max Copeland, the Patriots struggled to get anything going.

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“We were sloppy in the first half,” said Patriots head coach Wes Allen. “We had the interception by Copeland, and that really set the tone for us defensively.”

The Patriots only had seven total possessions in the ball game, five of which came in the second half.

“We came out after halftime and played a lot better offensively,” Allen said. “I was real proud of the drive that we had in the fourth quarter to chew up the clock.”

Both defenses owned the show in the first half. Hooper was able to get on the board in the second quarter on a three-yard touchdown run.

The Patriots stood tall on the two-point conversion attempt and persevered an 7-6 lead.

The teams entered halftime with the Patriots still holding that 7-6 lead.

The Patriots were able to take the lead when quarterback Jade Sikes handed the football off to Jackson Blair who ran it in from three-yards out stretching Pike’s lead out to 14-6.

After Hooper scored, bringing the score back to within a couple points, Sikes ran the ball in from the seven yard line to once again extend the Patriots lead.

Jackson Blair closed out the game with his second rushing touchdown of the game, this time from eight yards out to give the Patriots a two score lead. Sikes did more than run the football, he picked off a Hooper pass late in the fourth quarter to seal the win for the Patriots.

Blair led the team in rushing with 61 yards and finished with two touchdowns in the Patriots win.

The Patriots will close out their season next Tuesday night when they travel to play Edgewood. Kick off is scheduled for 7 p.m.