Patriots Dominate and Press
on Toward 1st Playoff Birth
Homecoming festivities were dampened when the Patriots came to
town and slapped 69 points on the board, coming away with an
It didn’t start out looking to impressive at first. Tate jumped to an early
lead after #7 Patrick Palmer took the handoff from Hunter Riggan straight up the middle for a 75-yd touchdown. The lead would be short-lived, however, as Pace would storm back and only take four plays to score and tie the game.
The first quarter ended with Pace up 14-7, and Bivins already had both touchdowns, one for 33 yards and another for 15 yards.
Pace gave Tate a heavy dose of the run game as Damean Bivins finished with 20 carries, 352 yards, and 7 TD’s. Bivins edges closer to Gulf Breeze’s Tyler Ditmer who owns the lead rushing title in the panhandle. Bivins wasn’t the only one getting the opportunity to carry the rock. Lincke, Pendergrass, Hunter, and even WR Sean Donaldson received carries from the backfield contributing to the almost 500 yards of total rushing.
The defense stepped up and made adjustments after the first few Tate scores holding them to only one score in the second half. To big hits forced fumbles from the Tate offense giving Pace prime field position.
Donaldson scored with 6:34 left in the 4th quarter to start the running clock according to the mercy rule. Kicker Blake Bullock tacked on the extra point to give Pace the win, 69-28.
Pace(5-3) plays at rival Milton(3-5) this Friday.