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Injuries Put A Damper On Patrick Henry’s Football Season

By Billy G. Baker

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EstillMike McCoy just concluded his 22nd season as the head football coach at Patrick Henry and his squad struggled with injuries closing out the final two games of the season with seven players nursing injuries.

“In our final game we were forced to play a freshman quarterback (Asher Moore) who is barely five feet tall and not quite 100 pounds,” said Coach McCoy. “We were mainly handing off with him. He gave a good effort.”

The team lost senior quarterback Kennedy Fairey (a solid baseball prospect) who passed well enough to put 50 points on Jefferson Davis Academy earlier in the season. “Kennedy is a very talented athlete and it was unfortunate that we had a young team around him with a lot of freshman starting this season,” said Coach McCoy. “He was our best runner also.”

Fairey also had a lot of injuries as a junior. Another key starter who missed the final two games of the season was junior middle linebacker Kyle Jarrell who hurt his shoulder.  Freshman defensive back Zack Mathias broke his collar bone. The team’s best offensive lineman hurt his knee during the season, Tyson Gohagan, and he is about to have surgery and might not be cleared to play next season until early August.

“As you can see, we had a terrible year with injuries and we were also one of the few 8-man teams that played Andrew Jackson, Clarendon Hall, JDA, and Beaufort Academy and they are the four teams left in the semi-finals of the playoffs this week,” said Coach McCoy.  “We played a very tough schedule.”  

The team will lose two other seniors in tailback/linebacker Garrett Griener who has been a two-year starter along with first senior starter William Cone who played tight end and receiver and some defensive end.

The Patriots managed to win three games this year over Holly Hill Academy, Calhoun Academy and Cathedral.   

In other news Teli McCoy earned al-state golf honors at the recent SCISA tournament placing among the top four. The volleyball team won their region and three players were named all-region in a vote of coaches. They were Faith Breland, Ellee Mikell and Abby Wiggins.  

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