The Patriots traveled to Shreveport to take on the #4 nationally ranked Grayson Rams, from Georgia. Grayson is the defending 2016 7A Georgia state champions, going 14-1 last year with their lone loss to national power IMG Academy. Returning several players from that team and featuring double digit Division I prospects, the Patriots showed that they belong at that level. Well, for over three quarters, at least they did.
The Patriots took a 9-3 lead in the third quarter with a 10 play, 65 yard drive. The score was knotted up at 3-3 at halftime after the teams traded field goals in the second quarter. It was the first time the Rams had trailed in a game since the lone loss to IMG Academy in 2016. It was two championship-caliber teams going toe to toe and blow for blow. The Rams had just a bit more punch left in the fourth quarter, as the Patriots offense was stymied and the Rams run power run game got on track. Two quarterback sneaks, each from the one yard line, was the difference in the game. The Rams would take the lead with approximately seven minutes remaining in the game. Leading 16-9, the Rams forced a fourth and 4 for the Patriots. The Patriots attempted a fake punt, but Jay Curtis’ rush was stopped one yard short of the line to gain and the Rams took over on a short field. With just a few minutes remaining in the game, the Rams scored the final points of the game. The Patriots would block the PAT attempt for the final score of 22-9.
The Patriots take back to the road to face the Parkview Baptist Eagles in Baton Rouge. The Eagles are 1-1 after falling on a last second touchdown pass from Catholic High on the last play of the game in the season opener, and by defeating East Ascension, handily, last week.
Kickoff is for 7PM, Friday night.