A Hermitage kickoff return from Tristen Wright with :22 left in the first half stole the momentum away from the Patrick Henry Patriots Friday night in their Colonial District finale, giving the Panthers a 21-7 halftime lead on their way to a 41-28 victory.
The Panthers took the ball to start the second half and promptly marched 65 yards for another touchdown, and, with 2:43 to go in the third, Hermitage was firmly in command, 41-7. Playing against many second-stringers, the Patriots staged a comeback that climaxed with Brian Houchens intercepting a Dylan Jackson pass and returning it 85 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 41-28.
Brendon Riddick then returned to the field to lead the Panthers on a drive which ate up the remaining 4:02 of the clock, taking a knee inside the Patriot red zone to end the game.
Patrick Henry finishes 5-5 overall, but 4-3 in Colonial District, good for third place behind Hermitage and Deep Run. Both records are improvements over the disappointing 2009 season, where the Pats went 3-4 in the Colonial, 3-7 overall.
Certainly the highlight of the 2010 season will always be Coach Sam Hart's first victory at the helm, when the Patriots came back from a 24-0 deficit to win the Tomato Bowl at Lee-Davis, 25-24. Who knew as Jay Waller gleefully ran off the Mechanicsville field with the Tomato Bowl trophy that the loss would eventually cost PH's archrivals, the Confederates, a shot at the playoffs.
Now on to basketball and other winter sports at Patrick Henry! Good luck all teams and Go Patriots!
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Hermitage holds off PH, Patriots finish 5-5
Labels: Brian Houchens, Colonial District, Hermitage, Jay Waller, Patrick Henry, Sam Hart, Tomato Bowl, Tristen Wright
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