Eagles come up short in opener
by Kevin Boozer Staff Writer
ESTILL — A dramatic comeback fell short Friday night as the Eagles of Richard Winn Academy lost 30-26 to the Patrick Henry Patriots.
The game began as the Patriots took an early 6-0 lead, but the Eagles struck back as John Coleman rumbled 83 yards to the end zone on their next possession. The RWA extra point was no good and the game was tied 6-6.
The Patriot offense remained in high gear in the first half and Patrick Henry added two more touchdowns and converted both two-point conversions for a 22-6 halftime lead. The momentum was on the Patriots’ side after a Matt Taylor touchdown run was nullified by a blocking in the back call.
In the second half, the Eagles overcame a rash of first half penalties to play more fundamentally sound football. RWA got the ball first in the second half but were held to a punt. After that the defense forced a Patrick Henry fumble and the offense took advantage.
John Coleman scored on a three-yard run in the third quarter to cut the lead to 22-12. The two-point conversion attempt was no good.
In the fourth quarter, RWA marched down the field and quarterback Taylor capped the drive with a 15-yard rushing touchdown. The two-point conversion was no good, so the Eagles trailed by two. On the next possession the Patriots ran three plays before RWA forced and recovered another fumble.
With 2:34 remaining the Eagles found the end zone again with John Coleman and a 49-yard run for his third touchdown of the night. The two-point conversion was no good but RWA led 26-22 with 1:05 remaining. That turned out to be too much time for Patrick Henry.
The Patriots spread the field and their quarterback ran a two-minute drill to perfection and scored with 27 seconds remaining to take a 28-26 lead. The two-point conversion was good for the 30-26 final. Senior Joseph Wilson rushed for 192 yards and scored the winning touchdown as he ran out of the wildcat formation.
“Patrick Henry really had success spreading the field and having the quarterback run in the gaps,” he said.
This week the Eagles will work more on defending a spread offense, because he expects Cathedral to mix in spread elements for Friday night.
“At halftime we knew what we needed to do — execute on offense and get stops on defense,” Coach Dan Dickerson said. Dickerson said his squad had to keep trying for two because Patrick Henry went for two after each touchdown.
The Eagles controlled time of possession in the third quarter, keeping the ball all but three minutes. Dickerson said his team was better conditioned and that if the game had five more minutes in it, they likely would have seen a different outcome.
The Eagles ran 61 plays for 382 total yards including 351 yards rushing.
Leaders for the Eagles included John Coleman, 19 rushes for 187 yards and three touchdowns; Matt Taylor, 13 carries for 77 yards and a score; Austin Knox, 21 carries for 90 yards and Webb Yongue with one carry for three yards. Taylor was 4-14 passing for 25 yards and Knox was 0-1 throwing the ball for RWA.
The Eagles protected the ball and had no turnovers Friday night. Ball control and ball security again will be the focus as they get their option attack ready to march in and play the Saints of Cathedral Academy in North Charleston on Friday night.
Richard Winn’s first home game is Sept. 6.
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