Saturday, November 10, 2012
Patriots fall short against Colonial Forge
The Eagles secondary stopped a late Patrick Henry drive in its tracks to continue their season.
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STAFFORD - Patrick Henry senior quarterback David Prince did everything he could to prolong his high school career just a little bit longer.
He led a comeback attempt in the fourth quarter, but the Patriots fell just short in a 27-20 loss to host Colonial Forge in the Northwest Region, Division 6 quarterfinals Friday night.
Prince had 54 of his team-high 85 rushing yards in the fourth quarter and he scored on a 1-yard run with 2:13 left. After a successful onside kick, Prince and the Patriots (8-3) drove to the Colonial Forge 19-yard line, but four straight Prince pass attempts fell incomplete as the Eagles held on for the victory.
"We fought our butts off tonight. Everybody played well," said Prince, a Virginia Tech commit. "We stepped up when we needed to. We just fell short."
The Eagles advance to play Stonewall Jackson next week in the region semifinals. They gave the Patriots, who were making their first playoff appearance since 2000, several different looks on defense and held PH to only 225 yards.
But Colonial Forge (9-2) showed chinks in the armor in the fourth quarter as Prince moved the Patriots down the field with ease. The Eagles secondary held up at the end with their season on the line.
On third-and-10 from the Colonial Forge 19, Patriots receiver Brandon Robinson was open in the end zone, but Eagles defensive back Richie Nicolas closed in behind him and leapt into the air to swat away the pass.
"It was just in the moment, and I knew I didn't want my season to be over with, and I had to make a play," Nicolas said. "I didn't even realize [how high I jumped]. I just tried to make a play to help my team."
Colonial Forge quarterback Damon Daniel rushed for a game-high 120 yards. He rushed for three touchdowns in the second quarter to turn a six-point deficit into a 20-6 lead.
But Patrick Henry grabbed a bit of the momentum back with 1:38 left before halftime when defensive back Trevor Mike scooped up a Colonial Forge fumble and returned it 65 yards for a touchdown.
"That was huge, because if they had scored right there before the break, it would have been tough," Patriots coach Alan Fiddler said.
Fiddler praised his team for coming back in the second half.
"The kids fought hard and stayed in the game," Fiddler said. "They had a chance to get run out of it, but they kept fighting and gave us a chance to take it to overtime."
Patrick Henry 6 7 0 7-20
Colonial Forge 0 20 0 7-27
P - Harried 15 run (kick blocked)
C - Daniel 1 run (Myers kick)
C - Daniel 3 run (pass failed)
C - Daniel 1 run (Myers kick)
P - Mike 65 fumble return (Otterman kick)
C - Campbell 3 run (Myers kick)
P - Prince 1 run (Otterman kick)
First downs 16 14
Yards rushing 164 251
Passes C-A-I 4-14-0 4-11-1
Yards passing 61 52
Penalties-yards 6-38 12-91
Fumbles-lost 1-0 1-1
Punts-average 3-35.7 1-24
RUSHING - Patrick Henry, Whorley 17-24, Prince 18-85, Harried 7-38, Worley 1-8, Mike 2-9; Colonial Forge, Daniel 26-120, Campbell 12-88, Ezeagwu 4-17, Moore 3-20, Brown 1-6.
PASSING - Patrick Henry, Prince 4-14-0 61; Colonial Forge, Daniel 4-11-1 52.
RECEIVING - Patrick Henry, Whorley 2-37, Robinson 1-19, Ogden 1-5; Colonial Forge, Ezeagwu 2-45, Campbell 1-5, Moore 1-2.