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Despite blowing a 28-point lead, the Patriots defeated Christiansburg and improved their odds of making the Group 6A South playoffs.
JEANNINE COOPER | Special to The Roanoke Times
Christiansburg quarterback Charlie Jackson threw for 91 yards Friday, including a 25-yard TD pass for the go-ahead score.
JEANNINE COOPER | Special to The Roanoke Times
Patrick Henry’s Trevor Mike rushed 38 times for 197 of the Patriots’ 355 yards on the ground Friday.
Saturday, October 26, 2013
Patrick Henry High School honored members of its 1973 Group AAA football championship Friday night.
It’s safe to say the old-timers never saw a game like the one they witnessed between PH and Christiansburg.
What happened? One team blew a 28-point lead. Three running backs topped the 100-yard mark rushing. The head referee was injured and taken to a hospital. A field goal was blocked. Each team scored a bizarre two-point conversion. Finally, the game ended with a player hurt on the final play as the two squads were separated at midfield.
When it was over, Patrick Henry left with a 36-29 River Ridge District victory over Christiansburg that further enhanced the Patriots’ odds of making the Group 6A South playoffs.
“That was a great game,” PH coach Alan Fiddler said. “Two good teams getting after it.”
Patrick Henry (6-2, 2-1) blew out to a 28-0 lead in the first half and appeared poised for a romp as the Patriots scored four touchdowns on just 17 offensive plays.
PH scored on its first play from scrimmage on a trick play, as Tre Terry wound up with the ball after some deception in the backfield and sprinted for a 20-yard TD and a 7-0 lead.
The Patriots added a 1-yard run by quarterback Quishon Calfee, a 3-yard blast by fullback Sergio Thompson and an 83-yard sprint by Terry for a 28-0 bulge with 11:34 to go in the second quarter.
Somehow, Christiansburg (5-3, 4-2) answered.
Touchdown runs of 4 yards by Logan Adkins and 11 yards by Kory Hendricks after a blocked field goal cut the deficit to 28-14 at halftime.
The comeback continued in the second half as Christiansburg quarterback Charlie Jackson’s 1-yard TD and a fumble recovery in the end zone by Matt Nowlin on the two-point play sliced the deficit to 28-22.
Christiansburg took the lead on a leaping catch in the end zone by Jake Hamley on a 25-yard pass from Jackson. Hamley’s PAT put the Blue Demons up 29-28.
Fiddler, a former college head coach at Glenville State, hadn’t experienced anything like it.
“I’ve been on the other end of it where we came back,” Fiddler said. “I’ve never had a team come back on me like that. But they’re a good team. They got some momentum and they run a good offense. We had opportunities to put them away early. One more score probably would have done it.”
Patrick Henry needed a score to avoid a disastrous collapse.
The Patriots got it with a 69-yard drive as Calfee scored on a 1-yard sneak for a 34-29 lead. Marcus Terry caught the two-point pass from Calfee while flat on his back for the final points.
“When you get up that quick, it’s something that you’re always afraid of,” PH defensive end Zach Baker said. “Luckily, we were able to persevere and come back out on top.
“This is what we needed. We’re going to win out and have a home playoff game.”
PH rushed for 355 yards as Trevor Mike had 197 yards on 38 carries. Terry added 107 on his two scoring runs.
“On film, they read inside, so we bounced outside and got big yardage,” Mike said.
Christiansburg surrendered 449 total yards.
“We’re struggling defensively,” Christiansburg coach Tim Cromer said. “I’m not sure why, but we have played some pretty good football teams. We did get some stops. We battled back and went ahead.”
Tanner Reed gained 105 yards on 13 carries for Christiansburg. The Blue Demons had a final chance with 27.5 seconds left, but Jackson’s pass was intercepted by Terry at midfield. Hamley was injured on a crackback block and was taken by stretcher from the field.
Veteran official Monty Sanders was injured during a collision with a PH player on the sidelines in the first half.
“It’s unfortunate,” Fiddler said. “I don’t ever want to see anyone get hurt.”
Hamley gave a thumbs-up gesture as paramedics took him from the field.
“He’s moving everything,” Cromer said. “His lower back and neck are hurting.”
Christiansburg 0 14 8 7—29
Patrick Henry 21 7 0 8—36
PH — Terry 20 run (Davidson kick)
PH — Calfee 1 run (Davidson kick)
PH — Thompson 3 run (Davidson kick)
PH — Terry 87 run (Davidson kick)
C — Adkins 4 run (Hamley kick)
C — Hendricks 11 run (Hamley kick)
C — Jackson 1 run (Nowlin fumble recovery in end zone)
C — Hamley 25 pass from Jackson (Hamley kick)
PH — Calfee 1 run (Mike pass from Calfee)
First downs 21 21
Yards rushing 46-197 52-355
Passes C-A-I 8-16-1 5-10-0
Yards passing 91 94
Penalties-yards 3-31 10-81
Fumbles-lost 2-2 1-0
Punts-average 3-29.0 1-29.0
RUSHING — Christiansburg, Reed 13-105, Adkins 17-73, Hendricks 8-40, Muldoon 1-1, Jackson 7-(-20). Patrick Henry, Mike 38-197, Terry 2-107, Calfee 7-27, Thompson 5-24.
PASSING — Christiansburg, Jackson 8-16-1-91. Patrick Henry, Calfee 5-10-0-94.
RECEIVING — Christiansburg, Hamley 3-33, Hendricks 3-33, Adkins 1-14, Muldoon 1-11. Patrick Henry, Ogden 3-40, Tucker 1-54.
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