The Patriots entered the 2019 game vs. Landry Walker with significant history. The Patriots have played them the last four seasons, winning all four by an average score of 35-19. However, the rivalry goes back way further. Before Landry-Walker High School, there were two schools. O.P. Walker High School and Landry High School. The Patriots were 13-1 against O.P. Walker and 6-0 against Landry. In all, the Patriots were 23-1. However, it was the O.P. Walker Chargers who stopped two national streaks in their lone win in the series. In 2001, the Patriots held a national record of having scored in 303 consecutive games. In other words, they scored points in every single game dating back to the season opener in 1979. From 1979 until 2001 the Patriots were never shut out. Until that game against O.P. Walker. The Patriots have scored in 169 consecutive games and have not been shutout since. So, since 1979, the Patriots have only been shut out once. Also, of significance, that same loss snapped another national record. The Patriots had won 136 consecutive district games in a row. That loss snapped that streak. So, to say the teams have history with each other is an understatement.
History was set in this series once again as the Patriots scored the most points in the school’s history, scoring 72 points. Playing with the team’s substitutes from midway through the third quarter, eight different Patriot players scored touchdowns. On the Patriots’ first possession of the game, senior QB Collin Guggenheim found sophomore tight end Conner Orgeron from 39 yards out for the game’s first touchdown. About three minutes later senior running back Shane Goins found paydirt from 61 yards out and a 14-0 first quarter lead. Guggenheim added a one yard TD run to open the second quarter for a 21-0 lead before the Charging Bucs scored to close the gap to 21-6 following a missed 2 point conversion attempt. The Patriots wasted no time countering that TD with one of their own. This time Corey Wrens sprinted 40 yards for a TD. Junior running back Ronald Poole, who returned for the first time since last year’s season ending knee injury, plunged into the endzone from two yards out for a 35-6 lead. The Charging Bucs quickly answered and scored a TD with no time left on the clock to close the half. The halftime score was 35-12 after another failed 2 point conversion.
After a defensive stop, the Patriots picked up from where they left off on offense. This time Guggenheim found Wren with a pass and Wren raced 40 yards for a TD. The team’s exchanged punts after that and senior punter Austin McCready nailed a big punt, pinning the Charging Bucs inside the 5 yard line. Two plays later, senior outside linebacker Angelo Anderson pulled down the QB in the endzone for a safety, and added another two points to the Patriot lead. The backups then entered the game, but the scoring didn’t stop. Poole found the endzone again and junior defensive back Collin Morgan stepped in front of a pass to a Charging Buc receiver and raced untouched from 25 yards out to end the scoring in the third quarter.
In the fourth quarter, the Patriots substituted liberally. Every eligible player that was dressed out for the game entered the game at some point, all receiving valuable varsity playing experience. Sophomore QB Tylen “Buddy” Taylor scored from seven yards out, redeeming a fumble he had on the one yard line earlier in the game. To round the scoring out, freshman quarterback Michael O’Brien scored from 29 yards out to give the Patriots the historic points. In all, the final score of 72-12 broke the school’s scoring record in a single game. The previous high was 67. So, as you can see, it was also the first time the Patriots have ever scored 70 points, or more, in a single game. The margin of victory (60) was the third highest margin in school history, as well. The Patriots defeated Mangham and Pope John Paul both by the score of 64-0.
The Patriots will now begin district play Saturday night against the St. Augustine Purple Knights. The game will be played at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium for 7:00. The game features both team’s with undefeated 3-0 records. There is a lot of history between these two teams, as well. The Patriots first played the Purple Knights in 1993 and have played 12 times, in all. The Patriots hold a 10-2 record against St. Aug. However, the Knights are the only team to beat the Patriots in back to back regular seasons, as the Knights beat the Patriots 29-28 in 2013 and 15-13 in 2014. This game is highly anticipated and is a great opener for the district. Tickets are on sale at the high school campus until Friday afternoon. Please swing by and purchase your ticket as soon as possible!