Patriots notch first region win

<style type="text/css"> <!-- @page { margin: 0.79in } P { margin-bottom: 0.08in } --> </style> <p style="margin-bottom: 0in;">Running back Charles Loftland helped the Patriots with his legs and his hands Friday, rushing for 69 yards and making four receptions for 28 yards.</p>

Fort Dorchester won a shootout with Beaufort Friday.

The Patriots (3-0, 1-0 in Region 8-AAAA) earned a 49-45 victory over the Eagles (2-1, 0-1). The night marked the second consecutive victory for the Fort in the series and is especially sweet for the Patriots because it had been several years since they defeated the Eagles at their own stadium. The victory also puts the Fort in the lead in the hunt for a region championship.

“It was a good ball game and had the feel of two heavyweights slugging it out,” Patriot coach Steve LaPrad said. “I’m sure it was a lot of fun to watch, but it wasn’t that fun to coach in it.”

Patriot QB Ethan Long completed 32 of 41 pass attempts for 433 yards and five touchdowns and rushed for a TD. Receiver Devron Glenn had 402 total yards in the game with approximately 100 coming off eight receptions and most of the rest coming off 12 kick returns. Rodney Gibbs and T.J. Smith also had 100 yards receiving.

Beaufort rushed for 266 yards and passed for 107.

The teams traded scores through late in the third quarter. Then it looked as if Beaufort had managed the edge it would need on a pair of back-to-back interception returns for touchdowns.

However, the Patriots came charging back in the final quarter. Long connected with Glenn for an 11-yard TD pass and later hit Gibbs for the receiver’s second TD catch, a 29-yarder.

Beaufort regained the lead on a Parrish Holmes TD run, but the Patriots answered by mounting a 10-play, 80-yard scoring drive.

Charles Loftland rushed for 11 yards on the game-winning drive while Long completed seven passes including a 2-yard TD pass to Smith. Loftland, Glenn, Gibbs and Rouse also had receptions on the drive.

“Our kids don’t panic and no matter what, they don’t quit,” LaPrad said. “In all of our games this year, there were moments where it would have been easy to quit but they didn’t.”

This week, the Patriots host cross-town rival Summerville (2-1, 0-0) in another region contest.

Fort Dorchester    13    8    7    21—49

Beaufort        10    13    15    7—45

B--Mitchell Stewart 27 FG

F--Devron Glenn 95 kickoff return (Ryan Granger kick)

B--D'Vonta Cohen 8 run (Stewart kick)

F--Chris Rouse 11 pass from Ethan Long (Granger kick)

B--Parrish Holmes 1 run (Stewart kick)

F--Rodney Gibbs 4 pass from Long (Granger kick)

B--Luke Smith 8 pass from Alex Gregory (kick failed)

F--Long 1 run (Granger kick)

B--Akeem Smalls 95 interception return (Keith Carpenter pass from Gregory),

B--Maliek Maldonado 29 interception return (Stewart kick)

F--Glenn 11 pass from Long (Granger kick)

F--Gibbs 29 pass from Long (Granger kick)

B--Holmes 1 run (Stewart kick)

F--T.J. Smith 2 pass from Long (Granger kick)

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com