The Patrick Henry Patriots came, they fought, and they conquered the Mission Bay Buccaneers on Homecoming Night by a score of 28-7. Spirits were very high at Mission Bay as they honored alumni before the game. Both teams came into the game looking for their first win of the season. The Bucs got the scoring started in the early in the second quarter when QB Nick Tropio connected with Alec Plotegher for a 20 yard TD pass to give Mission Bay (0-4) a 7-0 lead. After going 3 and out on the ensuing possession...Patrick Henry (1-4) punted the ball to Anthony Armstrong of Mission Bay who promptly took it to the house giving the Bucs a two touchdown lead....that is until a block in the back penalty negated the TD and kept the game close going into halftime.
Coach Kenny Nears must have given some halftime speech during the homecoming festivities, because, the Patriots stepped up their play big time. It started with the defense forcing a fumble by Isaiah Mitchell and recovering it in Mission Bay territory. Two plays later...quarterback Ethan Gomez hooked up with WR Brett Allen for a 34 yard TD pass to tie the game at 7 early in the third quarter. And as the old saying goes...success begets success. The Patriots defense stepped up again on the ensuing possession and forced the Bucs to punt the ball. QB Ethan Gomez took the reins and marched his team all the way to the promise land capping off an impressive drive with a 1 yard TD pass to Colin Frye on 4th down giving the Pats a 14-7 lead midway through the third quarter.
That touchdown might have been the dagger in the heart for the home team Bucs even though they were only down 7 points. Patrick Henry tightened the screws on defense forcing 3 and outs, sacking quarterback Nick Tropio, and forcing fumbles. The Patriots took full advantage of the turnover battle by turning those turnovers into points. Patriots running back Melvin Harris made the Bucs pay for their miscues when he scampered into the endzone with a 40 yard TD run essentially putting the game out of reach for the Buccaneers.
Preview:This week my travels take me to Mission Bay High School where the (0-3) Buccaneers look for their first victory of the season against the winless Patrick Henry Patriots (0-4). After being shutout in their first two games, the Buccaneers looked like they had it figured out against Rancho Buena Vista taking a 16-10 lead into halftime. Once the game was over, the Buccaneers found themselves on the losing side once again. If Mission Bay hopes to win this week, they are going to need some kind of running game. Last week the Buccaneers only managed 17 yards on the ground while giving up an astounding 222 rushing yards.
Patrick Henry also got off on the right foot last week going up by two touchdowns early in the second quarter. But El Capitan came storming back to take a 21-14 lead in to the half. The Patriots didn't give up though. They immediately tied the game early in the third quarter thanks to Melvin Harris' rushing touchdown and the Patriots quarterback Ethan Gomez also had a rushing touchdown that tied the game in the third quarter. When it was all over, the Patriots fell just a little short losing by only a touchdown.
One of these teams is going to get their first win. Who will it be? Tune in to the Prep Pigskin Report to find out.