OCT. 26 -- Despite the cold and a gentle rain, the PAC was full of Patriot fans for the Homecoming game on Friday night as the Mount Pisgah Varsity Football team took on the winless Walker Wolverines in the final home game of the 2018 season.
The game began with turnovers by both teams, but Walker was the first to score a touchdown to go up 7-0 late in the first quarter. The Patriots responded with a touchdown of their own after a 30-yard pass from QB Connor Norwood to Greyson Stevens and a 15-yard run into the endzone by Chase Grande. The extra kick by Payton Broaddus tied the score at 7-7 where it remained until halftime.
The halftime ceremony saw the introduction of the 2018 Homecoming Court: freshmen Hallie Cameron and Caroline Overs, sophomores Danielle DuBois and Georgia Gansereit, juniors Ayo Adewumi and Callie Jordan, and seniors Lily Knight, Anna Mancil, Trudi Sundberg, and Stella Weintraub. Trudi Sundberg was crowned the 2018 Homecoming Queen by last year's queen, Morgan Millikan.
The school also honored the 15th anniversary of the inaugural Patriot football season in 2003 and recognized several members from the original team present at the game.
Midway through the third quarter, the Patriots broke through the Walker defense with two 30-yard runs by Norwood and Nick Speros followed by a 30-yard pass from Norwood to Grande for a second touchdown to take the lead 14-7 over the Wolverines. A pick-six by Wallker late in the third, however, tied the score at 14-14.
The Patriots' offense came on strong in the fourth quarter with a 50-yard pass from Norwood to Grande and a QB keep for a third touchdown to go up 21-14. Then, on the next series, Walker fumbled the ball in the endzone and Brad Spence recovered it to score another touchdown for the Patriots. An interception by Jakob Wooten and 30-yard touchdown run by Will Pascucci put the final score at 35-14.
With this win, the Patriots advanced to a 3-6 overall record for the season and 3-4 in Region 6-A, however this will likely not be enough to put the team in a playoff position. The Patriots have earned a spot in the playoffs for the past six seasons but currently rank 29th in the Class A Power Ratings, five spots outside of a playoff berth.
The team will finish the regular season next Friday, November 2 away vs. Christian Heritage in a region crossover game.
Photo Credit: Rob Saye