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Patrick Henry football enters the playoff chase

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Estill – After a successful 8-2 regular season, the Patrick Henry Academy football team is gearing up for a run at the SCISA Eight-man Division I state championship this fall.

That playoff run begins on November 3rd as the Patriots take on W.W. King Academy in a first-round game. Two playoff wins lands the Patriots in the state championship game.

Patrick Henry played W.W. King back in late August, posting a 36-14 victory.

“W.W. King is a better football team now than when we played them before,” Patriots coach Mike McCoy said. “They are always well-coached and they are a team that has had good success in the playoffs. They beat us last year in the playoffs so they have our full attention. This is going to be a very tough game.”

The Patriots have been involved in close games all season. Only one of the 10 games was decided by more than 10 points. Patrick Henry had five wins by 10 points or less. The Patriots’ two losses during the regular season came to Beaufort Academy (27-22) and to Andrew Jackson Academy (38-34) in the final regular season game on October 27th.

In the Andrew Jackson game, the Patriots trailed 32-6 at halftime but rallied with four unanswered touchdowns to take a lead, only to fall late.

“I was proud to see our kids fight back and make it a game,” McCoy said. “Had we played better in the first half, who knows how it ends up. I remember walking out on the field after halftime wondering if I should start playing the backups to stay healthy. We got out there and scored a few times and made it a game so I left them in.”

Among the eight victories are wins over Holly Hill Academy (26-20), Clarendon Hall (30-28), Jefferson Davis (32-12), Coastal Christian (14-12), Providence Home School (22-12, 18-0), and Calhoun Academy (32-22).

MCoy has leaned heavily on a ground game and good defense as the recipe for success this fall. The Patriots are averaging 237 yards rushing per game and 5.2 yards per rushing attempt.

Senior Batten Bostick, a Captain, has been the workhorse in the running game this season. Bostick has rushed for 1,522 yards, averaging 6.1 yards per carry. He has rushed for 12 touchdowns and leads the team with 1,691 all-purpose yards.

“Batten has been solid, real solid all season,” McCoy said. “He get the tough yards and every yard is tough. He’s not a breakaway type of guy. He just runs hard and fights for every yard. He’s been a real pleasant surprise and a good leader.”

Sophomore Kyle Jarrell has added 420 yards rushing, averaging 5.1 yards per carry. Tight end Jackson Wiggins has taken over at quarterback down the stretch and has been consistent.

The offensive line continues to get better. Seniors Harley Beach and Clayton Richards, along with freshman Tyson Gohagen are working along the front.

Defensively, the Patriots are playing well in terms of team defense, rallying as many tacklers to the football as possible.

The leading tackler for the season is junior Daniel Hauptman, who has 65 total hits and three sacks. Bostick has 56 tackles and two interceptions from the secondary while linebacker Garrett Griner has 54 tackles and two interceptions.

Jarrell has tallied 45 tackles and four sacks while Beach has 35 tackles. Hunter Spielman has been in on 31 tackles with two sacks.

The Patrick Henry volleyball team finished the regular season in second-place in the region, winning 14 games overall. The Patriots earned a spot in the SCISA class A state tournament but was eliminated in the early rounds.

Coach Belinda McCoy had only seven players on the varsity this season and there were no seniors. Junior starters included Faith Breland, Ellie Mikell, Bryce Blakeney and Megan Bridgers.

Two sophomores in the rotation were Cameron Phillips and Kayla Taylor, with freshman Abby Wiggins seeing lots of time as a setter.

 

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