The Patriot football team came up just short in an overtime loss to the Rummel Raiders Friday night before a capacity crowd. Whether it was by inches, or feet, it didn’t matter. The object is to get the football across the goalline in order to score points. The Patriot offense simply couldn’t plunge in from the three yard line where the ball was snapped from. The game lived up to the hype that featured two of the top teams in the state, across all classifications. It was billed as the national game of the week, as well.
It looked like the vaunted Patriot offense would be able to score more points in one game than any team this season. Matter of fact, the Raider defense had only given up 13 points the entire season. One touchdown to Holy Cross, one field goal each to Charlotte (NC) Catholic and Oak Grove (MS). The Patriots scored one touchdown in the first quarter and one touchdown in the second quarter to give them a 14-0 halftime lead. The first score came on a 7 yard TD run by Corey Wren. The second came on a 24 yard pitch and catch from Collin Guggenheim to Javon Davis. The Patriots also missed a field goal late in the second quarter that would have extended the lead.
The third quarter, however, belonged to the Raiders. They were able to score twice in the third quarter to even the score at 14 all. The fourth quarter belonged to the defenses as each team got stop after stop and traded punts and field position back and forth. Neither team really threatened to score in the fourth quarter.
The game would only take one overtime period. The Raiders got the ball first and were able to pitch and catch a touchdown pass on 3rd and 10. With the extra point being good, the Raiders led 21-14. The Patriot offense only took two plays to score and pull to within a point at 21-20. Following a time out, the Patriots decided to go for the two point attempt. Guggenheim got very close to scoring but couldn’t push the ball across the line.
The Patriots will be back in action in the regular season finale Friday night at 7:00 against the Brother Martin Crusaders. The game will be played at Tulane’s Yulman Stadium. The game will also be the Hall of Fame game as former Patriots Frances Boffone Kuehne and Dr. Joseph Stagni are inducted into the Hall of Fame.