Patriots sweep jamboree

Published 3:00 am Saturday, August 20, 2016

The Pike Patriots kicked off the 2016 season on Friday night by competing in the Kingwood Christian Jamboree. The Pike Patriots walked away with two wins in the Kingwood Christian Jamboree on Friday.

The Patriots played both Coosa Valley and Kingwood Christian a quarter a piece and won13-0 and 7-0.

“We did some good things, but there’s still a lot of things that we need to work on,” said Patriots head coach Gene Allen. “Overall it was a good night. We came out with two wins, and that is always good.”

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The Patriots took on Coosa Valley in game three of the jamboree. The Patriots dominated the 12-minute quarter and cruised to a 13-0 win. The defense allowed just eight total yards. Coosa Valley failed to get a single first down until their final drive. Tyler Hussey led with three tackles.

“We played really well up front and our linebackers played well,” Allen said. “The defensive line playing well is a big plus because it helps out our linebackers. It was a total team thing tonight.”

Offensively the Patriots racked up 151 yards. Reece Burbage had 76 on just four carries.

Reed Johnson got the Patriots on the board early with a touchdown run on the second possession. Hunter Jones kicked the extra point.

Brayden Herrera extended the Patriots on their next drive when he ran the ball in from the four-yard line.

In game two, Burbage scored on Pike’s opening drive to give Pike an early 7-0 lead.

The Patriots compiled 140 yards rushing led by Burbage who finished with 53 yards on just three carries. On the night Burbage had 129 yards on seven carries.

“He ran the ball really well,” Allen said. “We did a good job at running the ball tonight. It was wet, but we handled the ball well.”

The Patriots open the season Friday when they travel to Grove Hill take on Clarke Prep at 7 p.m.

“We have to keep getting better,” Allen said. “We are going to sit down this weekend and see what Clarke Prep will do and start putting in a game plan for them. It boils down to us getting better and fix the mistakes that we made tonight.”