Saturday, September 15, 2012
Big plays propel Patrick Henry to victory over Blacksburg
The Patriots cashed in on a 99-yard kickoff return and a pass interception for another touchdown.
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BLACKSBURG - Playing a nondistrict game, Patrick Henry coach Alan Fiddler used Friday's visit to Blacksburg as an opportunity to work on some aspects of the Patriots' offense. Some of it worked and some didn't, but PH produced more than enough big plays to win comfortably.
The Patriots got a 99-yard scoring kickoff return from Rasheed Whorley, a pick-six from Demetris Anderson, and assorted feats of athleticism from a talented lineup to turn back the host Bruins 35-13.
The outgunned Bruins (1-3) kept plugging after falling behind by three touchdowns and played PH to a virtual draw in the second half.
"I'm super proud of them for that," Bruins coach David Crist said.
The putaway play was a Whorley-to-Whorley reverse on a kickoff return with the sophomore of the brothers taking Xavier Whorley's handoff, tucking in behind interference being run by Shawon Nunes and others and racing 99 yards down the right side for the touchdown late in the second quarter. Jacob Otterman's point-after kick, his fourth of five for the night, was true and the Patriots had an all but insurmountable 28-7 lead at intermission.
"We've run that reverse before," Fiddler said. "Scored on it, too."
"I had some good blockers and I just ran right down the sideline and scored," Rasheed Whorley said. "That boosted our team up and helped us pick up the intensity."
Crist said he was eager to examine the return again on tape.
"Nice play for them, though," he said.
Anderson, the Western Valley District defensive player of the year last year, made a terrific play on the scoring interception return, reading sophomore quarterback Kaleb Bohrnstedt's eyes then covering a lot of territory to make the pick.
"He made a great play," Crist said. "He was at inside linebacker and picked it up all the way out in the flat. That's an athletic play."
It was Anderson's second career pick-six to go with one from his junior campaign.
"I was reading the quarterback and saw them cut in with the slant," Anderson said. "I jumped it and took it to the house."
That made it 21-0, but the Bruins weren't long in answering with a similar play of their own. This time, Bohrnstedt, playing safety, got his revenge by redirecting a David Prince throw and racing 31 yards for the score with 5:23 left in the first half. PH turned right around and responded with the long return on the ensuing kickoff.
Bohrnstedt went 4-for-9 for 36 yards, a touchdown, and the interception. The TD came in the fourth quarter at the end of a 59-yard march set up by a Ryan Sims interception. Bohrnstedt connected with Aidan Ball for a 12-yard scoring play on a rollout right.
Patrick Henry (4-0) had 255 yards rushing, 119 of that from Xavier Whorley, who gave the Pats a 14-0 second quarter advantage on a quick-footed 22-yard play. PH also got a 10-yard TD from Anttwaun Harried and a 7-yard scoring run from Trevor Mike late in the third.
Patrick Henry 7 21 7 0-35
Blacksburg 0 7 0 6-13
P - Harried 10 run (Otterman kick)
P - X. Whorley 22 run (Otterman kick)
P - Anderson 32 interception return (Ottermn kick
B - Bohrnstedt 31 interception return (Wise kick)
P - R. Whorley 99 kickoff return (Otterman kick)
P - Mike 7 run (Otterman kick)
B - Ball 12 pass from Bohrnstedt (kick failed)
First downs 13 13
Yards rushing 255 134
Passes C-A-I 3-12-2 5-12-1
Yards passing 28 36
Penalties-yards 6-70 7-46
Fumbles-lost 1-1 1-0
Punts-average 2-38 4-32.6
RUSHING - Patrick Henry, X. Whorley 10-129, Harried 3-69, Prince 9-54, Cole 1-11, Mike 2-4, Ferrell 1-1. Blacksburg, Ingram 15-29, Sims 11-42, Murray 3-25, Ilardo 3-17, Bohrnstedt 9-16, Hanks 1-7, Johnston 1-1.
PASSING - Patrick Henry, Prince 3-11-1-28, Nunes 0-1-1-0. Blacksburg, Bohrnstedt 4-9-1-36, McCoy 0-1-0-0, Johnston 1-3-0-6
RECEIVING - Patrick Henry, X. Whorley 2-39, Robinson 2-13. Blacksburg, McCoy 2-11, Ball 1-12, Stinespring 1-7, Kessner 1-6.