For the fifth straight season, the visitors conquered in the Tomato Bowl, as Lee-Davis came to Ashland and defeated Patrick Henry, 16-14.
Tyrell Eaton was the star of the game for the Confederates, rushing for a touchdown, converting two important 2-point conversions (the second one on a second effort at the goal line in the 3rd quarter proved to be the winning margin), and intercepting a Khalil Mock pass late in the fourth quarter to help secure the victory.
Chris Simpson rushed for 108 yards and a touchdown. For the Patriots, sophomore quarterback Tyler Phelps got his first start and put PH on the board first with a 55-yard touchdown strike to Bryson Wong late in the first quarter. Phelps was hit hard late in the third quarter and was on the field for over 20 minutes. He was taken to the hospital for observation and sources tell HanoverCountySports.org that he is recovering.
Mock, in relief of Phelps, led PH on a touchdown drive in the fourth to cut it to two, connecting with Raymon Minor from 23 yards out to make it 16-14. A risky fourth and one call at midfield by Lee-Davis to go for it was quashed by K.J. Evans, the Patriots' star on defense this night, giving Patrick Henry a chance to win the game. But the Mock interception ended their final hopes.
Lee-Davis, now 2-1, travel to Varina for an important Capital District opener Friday night. Varina will be missing eight players, three of them starters including their quarterback, due to suspensions.
Patrick Henry, now 0-3, must travel Friday afternoon to Richmond to take on the resurgent 3-0 John Marshall Justices in a 4:45pm game, kicking off their Colonial District schedule.
NOTE--Lee-Davis at Varina will be the "Hanover County High School Football Game of the Week" on WHAN Radio this Friday night! Join Rob Witham for the Richmond Ford-Lincoln Pregame Show at 6:30pm, with kickoff set for 7pm!
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