SEPT. 28 -- The Mount Pisgah Varsity Football team continued its region play this week against a tough Mount Paran team. But despite a rally in the second half, the Patriots came up short with a 46-21 loss to the Eagles.
The Eagles came to play in the first half and the Patriot defense struggled to hold them as they scored five touchdowns, two of them on special teams. In the first quarter, the Eagles blocked a Patriot punt and scored on the subsequent drive. Later in the second quarter, the Eagles ran back another Patriot punt for a touchdown. The Patriots were finally able to get on the scoreboard with a 17-yard pass from QB Connor Norwood to Nick Speros right before halftime. With a good extra point by kicker Payton Broaddus, the halftime score was Mount Paran 33, Patriots 7.
In the second half, the Patriots began a rally to cut the score within striking distance of Mount Paran. The Patriots held the Eagles scoreless in the third quarter while scoring two touchdowns of their own, one on an 8-yard QB keep into the endzone by Norwood and the other on a 23-yard pass from Norwood to Chase Grande after a 90-yard drive to close the score to 33-21.
Early the fourth quarter, Mount Paran kicked a field goal to go up 36-21, but the Patriot rally ended with a heartbreaking 98-yard kickoff return by Chase Grande that was called back on a penalty. Another Mount Paran field goal and touchdown brought the final score to 45-21, Eagles, though the Patriots ended the game at the 1-yard line about to score again.
With this loss the Patriots fall to 2-4 overall for the season and 2-2 in Region 6-A. The team will travel to Cumming next week to take on Pinecrest Academy (2-3, 1-2) on Friday, October 5.
Photo Credit: Rob Saye