The Patriot Pioneers football team handled business on Friday night against rival Hylton, scoring the final 28 points of the game on the way to a 42–14 victory at home Friday.
Tied 14–14 in the second quarter, running back Tim Baldwin punched in a touchdown from seven yards out to give Patriot a 21–14 lead going into halftime. Baldwin then scored the first two touchdowns of the second half; the first was a three-yard run while the second was on a 22-yard touchdown pass from Cody Rogers.
Patriot receiver Justin Harris-Ayala closed out the scoring with a 15-yard touchdown reception late in the fourth quarter off the hand of Rogers, his third passing touchdown in the game.
Rogers also had a 37-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
As for their defense, they held strong after allowing back-to-back touchdowns in the second quarter. The unit pitched a shutout in the second half, pressuring Hylton quarterback Tyler Mitchell and blanketing receivers in the secondary.
“I’m really proud of how we finished tonight. They knew we were going to run the ball and we were still able to do it,” head coach Sean Finnerty said after the game. ”That’s just a demoralizing thing to do to a defense.”
To continue success, Finnerty added that he wants his team to have a “1–0 mentality” moving forward.
“We just have to win the day each time we play.”
As for Hylton, their two touchdowns came from junior Colby Bonds (three-yard run) and senior receiver Juanya Braxton (34-yard reception from Tyler Mitchell).
Patriot improved to 4–1 with the win. They’ll now have a bye week before playing their homecoming game on October 11th against Osbourn Park. Hylton fell to 4–2 on the season. They’ll play Colgan this coming Friday.