Patriots Struggle to Hold Paladin Offense

Patriots Struggle to Hold Paladin Offense

OCT. 5 -- The Mount Pisgah Varsity Football team fell to the Pinecrest Paladins 21-10 on Friday night in an evenly-matched region game with errors made by both teams.

For the entire first quarter, both teams remained scoreless despite an interception by junior defensive back Michael Aliff early in the game for the Patriots and a fumble recovery by junior Tristan Freyre later in the quarter. Pinecrest found the endzone first early in the second quarter on an interception returned for a touchdown. The Patriots responded with a touchdown of their own on a short pass from QB Connor Norwood to senior receiver Chase Grande who ran the ball back 83 yards. The Patriots ten took a 10-7 lead after another long pass to Nick Speros and a field goal conversion from kicker Payton Broaddus, but the Paladins made a passing touchdown to lead 14-10 going into halftime.

The second half opened with another touchdown by the Paladins to stretch the lead to 21-10, where it remained the rest of the game as the Patriot offense struggled to break through the Paladin defense. With this loss the Patriots fall to 2-5 overall for the season and 2-3 in Region 6-A. The team has a bye this Friday before taking on the undefeated Fellowship Paladins away on Friday, Oct. 19.

Photo Credit: Rob Saye