Patriots look for revenge against Warriors in the playoffs

Published 3:00 am Thursday, November 3, 2016

The Pike Patriots are looking for revenge on Friday as they face the Lee Scott Warriors in the opening round of the AISA Class 3A State Playoffs.

Following their 28-14 loss to Lee Scott last week, the Patriots are eager for a better showing in the post season.

“We didn’t do much last week, didn’t want to show a lot,” said Patriots head coach Gene Allen. “Our kids realize how physical it’s going to be. We had a good week of practice, and we are looking forward to the challenge.”

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The Patriots will focus on containing the big plays. Last week the Patriots allowed three touchdowns plays of over 50 yards.

“We can’t give up 40-plus yard plays,” Allen said. “We can’t give up the big play.”

Last week the Patriots had the ball deep in the red zone and twice came away with no points, mistakes that Allen said cannot be repeated.

“We turned it over on downs and then we had the penalty,” Allen said. “We have to finish drives offensively.”

The Warriors ran the ball exclusively and accumulated 343 yards and dominated time of possession.

“We can’t give up five or six yards on first down,” Allen said. “We did that a lot the other night. They are going to get the ball and drive it. If they can they will use the whole clock. Neither team is going to get the ball a lot, so it’s important when you get the opportunities to score that you put it in the end zone.”

The Patriots are looking forward to a packed house on Friday.

“Hopefully it’s going to be great,” Allen said. “It’s good to play in front of our crowd. I think they will show up and our kids usually play well when they are there.”

Kickoff between the Warriors and the Patriots is set for 7 p.m.

“They know that this week is for all the marbles,” Allen said. “I told them after practice if we lose there will be no correcting anything. We will be taking things up. We have to be ready to play. We had a good week and hopefully everything will come together.”