OCT. 19 -- In a region match-up with the undefeated Fellowship Paladins, the Mount Pisgah Varsity Football team fought to hold its own but struggled to stop a powerful Paladin offense.
Though there was a time when the Patriots were the dominant team of the Mount Pisgah-Fellowship rivalry, including a 45-37 win over the Paladins last season, Fellowship had the upper hand tonight.
The game began with two touchdowns by the Paladins in the 1st quarter, one coming after a Patriot fumble in the red zone, to make the score 14-0. Despite an interception by sophomore defensive back Brad Spence early in the 2nd quarter, the Patriots were forced to turnover the ball on downs and the Paladins scored again to stretch the lead to 21-0.
But the momentum shifted the Patriots' way when senior Aaron McCoy made another interception for the team. On the next drive, senior QB Connor Norwood connected with junior Greyson Stevens on a 40-yard pass which, combined with a face mask penalty on the Paladins, put the Patriots on the 7-yard line. Junior Will Pascucci ran the ball in for a touchdown and kicker Payton Broaddus made good on the extra point to make the score 21-7.
The Patriots continued to capitalize on Paladin mistakes by recovering a Paladin fumble on the next drive and converting it into a second touchdown on a short pass from Norwood to Pascucci to make the score 21-14 going into halftime.
Fellowship held the Patriots scoreless for the entire second half, however, as the Paladins scored four more touchdowns to make the final score 49-14.
With the loss, the Patriots fall to a 2-6 overall record for the season and 2-4 in Region 6-A. Next Friday, October 26, the Patriots return home to the PAC to host a winless Walker team (0-8) for Homecoming with kickoff set for 7:30 p.m.
Photo Credit: Rob Saye