Pike Lib earns first AHSAA win against Danville

Published 9:34 am Saturday, October 1, 2022

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The Pike Lib Patriots (2-4) picked up their first on-field win since moving to the Alabama High School Athletic Association on Friday night with a resounding 32-0 shutout of the Danville Hawks (1-5) on the road.

While it is technically Pike’s second win of the season it was the Patriots’ first win on the field. On Thursday, Mobile Christian was forced to vacate its first four wins of the season – including a 35-3 win over Pike Lib to open the season – meaning Pike’s win over Danville moves the Patriots to 2-4 on the season. It was also the first time Pike has scored more than 15 points in a game in 2022 and broke a two-game scoreless streak.

The Patriots got on the board first with 2:00 left in the opening period on a 40-yard touchdown pass from Dawson Bradford to Jackson Booth to go up 7-0. PLAS missed a field goal with 9:00 left in the first half but Bradford tossed another touchdown pass to Booth just before the end of the half to take a 14-0 lead into halftime. Booth also picked off a Danville pass at the end of the half.

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Pike’s Cade Renfroe booted a field goal with just over 9:00 left in the third quarter to extend the Patriot lead to 17-0. Davis Kilcrease increased the Patriot lead once again on a 30-yard touchdown run with just under 2:00 left in the third quarter to put PLAS up 24-0.

After the Patriots forced a fumble, Bradford heaved his third touchdown pass of the night, on a 45-yard bomb to Rhodes Baker, and Pike Lib converted a two-point try to make the final 32-0.

Dawson Bradford had a big night for the Patriots, completing 14-of-21 passes for 326 yards and three touchdowns. Booth caught six passes for 174 yards and two touchdowns, while Kilcrease rushed for 123 yards and a touchdown on 14 carries. Baker caught two passes for 75 yards and a touchdown.

Booth also led the Pike defense with six tackles, two interceptions and one pass breakup, while Renfroe totaled nine tackles and three tackles-for-loss. KC Bradford earned eight tackles, one tackle-for-loss, one sack and one pass breakup. Kilcrease netted nine tackles and a sack.

Pike is back at home next week against Class 5A’s Faith Academy.