Multiple Weapons Too Much for the Wildcats
Patriot Sports Media
On a humid and muggy night in the panhandle at Sherman Robertson Stadium, the Pace Patriots needed to rely on more than just the weekly running ability of running back Damean Bivins. And boy did they . . .
After putting up impressive first half numbers and scoring 3 touchdowns, Bivins left the game early in the second half with leg cramps. That was no matter. Quarterback Kason Lincke utilized the other weapons in the Patriot arsenal to put points on the board. With 2:36 left in the 2nd quarter, Lincke targeted junior wide-receiver Caleb Buckner who capped off a long post route by weaving his way to the end zone. The 68-yard bomb was only the beginning.
The Patriots struggled to find an answer for Washington’s compacted offense and allowed the Cats to find the end zone several times; however, each time was answered by the Patriot offense.
Bivins even got in on the throwing action with a Tebow-like jump pass to junior David Stickle standing alone in the end zone to score with 9 seconds remaining in the 1st half.
The half ended with the Patriots up 34-20.
At 8:53 left in the 3rd quarter, junior Blake Bullock nailed a 37-yard field goal to stretch the lead to 17 points, but the Wildcats were not giving up yet. Only a few plays later they would score and cut the lead to 4 points going into the 4th quarter.
A combined effort from the Patriots’ offense and defense would help the score get out-of-hand. Junior Tyler Hunter, coming in off the bench to replace a cramping Bivins, juked his way into the pay dirt twice—once from 5 yards and another from 21. The defense provided the necessary stops and put pressure on Washington’s quarterback to seal their fate.
But the proverbial “straw that broke the camel’s back” was the diving catch made in the back of the end zone by tight end David Stickle with 5:16 left in the 4th, extending the lead to 58-33.
From brilliant touch-passes to physical running, the Pace Patriots were able to bounce back from a poor performance against Pine Forest to dominate Washington.
Pace (3-1) with host Choctawhatchee (1-3) on September 21.