Week 11: Serra Conquistadors 48, Patrick Henry Patriots 37
It was an offensive showcase Friday night when Serra rolled into town to face their rival Patrick Henry on the final night of the regular season. Touchdowns were scored in almost every way possible and in the end, the road team prevailed. Serra left Patrick Henry with a 48-37 victory.
The Patriots started with the ball but Broock Desta from Serra found a way to make an immediate impact on the other side of the ball. He high-pointed a lob pass from Patrick Henry quarterback Matthew Castillo, intercepted it and returned the ball 50 yards for the first score of the game.
Shortly after that play when the Patriots got the ball back, they were able to regain their composure and got their offense going.
Castillo dropped back and his receiver, Kai Jessie, made an incredible play. He reached out with one hand, tipped the ball to himself and eventually hauled it in to secure the 25-yard touchdown.
The second quarter began and the points kept on flowing.
Quarterback Tim Zebroski found Desta on a swing pass to put Serra up 15-7 after a successful 2-point conversion. Zebroski then found the end zone again, this time by taking the snap and running it in from 24 yards out to give Serra a 21-7 lead; this time the 2-point conversion failed.
Patrick Henry answered when Castillo found Kadeem Bakare on a 16-yard score to pull the Patriots to within seven.
A quick Serra response occurred when Dustan Ellison scored on a 3-yard touchdown run to get the lead back up to 27-14.
However, in true seesaw fashion, Patrick Henry got the ball on its next possession and Elijah Lux showed excellent vision on his way to a 61-yard touchdown scamper.
A 36-yard touchdown pass from Zebroski to Willie Peterson brought the Conquistadors first-half total to 34 points. Patrick Henry tacked on a field goal at the end of the first half, this made the score 34-24 Serra.
After some halftime adjustments, the Patriots came out firing.
Castillo threw his third touchdown pass of the night up to that point when he found Bryce Johnson on a 25-yard hookup.
The Patriot defense got a rare stop and got the ball back for their offense. They did not disappoint as Elijah Lux ran it in from 43 yards out and gave Patrick Henry their first lead of the game, 37-34.
Serra came back with a vengeance after a personal foul call and a holding call created an incredible 1st-and-45 situation. On the next play, Zebroski hit Willie Peterson on a 70-yard pass that got the ball to the 3-yard line. Ellison was able to handle it from there and scored from a yard out to give Serra the lead again, 41-37.
Serra got the ball in the fourth quarter and let it’s run game take it home. The Conquistadors eventually got the ball down to the 5-yard line and with 3:28 left Zebroski scored on a 5-yard touchdown run to secure the lead for good, 48-37.
Serra moved to 8-2 on the year and will await their playoff opponent next week. Patrick Henry came into the game at 5-4 with an good chance at the playoffs; the Patriots will finish with a 5-5 record and see how the standings fall in their favor.
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