Varsity FB fights hard but comes up short versus Barons
By Jack Jeffrey | Pinewood Prep Contributor
Pinewood dropped to 0-5 on the season after falling to Wilson Hall 30-14. Pinewood though, played their most complete game to date.
The Barons put together a nice drive on their first possession, capped off by their quarterback taking the ball in himself from 3 yards out.
Pinewood responded, with catches from fullback Raysheem Cherisol and wide receiver Josh Higuchi which set them up outside of the end-zone. The Panthers finished the drive off with Jay Scott taking the ball up the middle for a 5-yard touchdown. Both Wilson Hall and Pinewood went for 2 following their touchdowns and both teams converted making the score 8-8 with four minutes left in the first quarter.
Wilson Hall continued their hot offensive start on their next possession as they leaned on senior running back Emory Moore. Moore set the Barons up with a 29-yard run before slipping a handoff from the 4 yard line into the end-zone. The Barons once again converted their 2 point conversion attempt giving them a 16-8 lead at the end of the first quarter.
Pinewood struggled at the start the second quarter but found some magic however, when quarterback Myron Wigfall rolled to his left and threw across his body, connecting with fellow captain Grayson Mann for a 30-yard pickup. The Panthers continued their aerial assault as Wigfall hit receiver Addison Venitelli across the middle, who made a nice move to cut up field and sprint into the end-zone. The touchdown was good for 30 yards and was Venitelli’s first on the season. “Myron did a great job of scrambling out of the pocket and making throws on the run. They only ran a cover 4 so the middle of the field was wide open, which allowed me to get open and get the touchdown,” Venitelli exclaimed after the game. Pinewood’s 2-point attempt was denied by Wilson Hall which left a 16-14 lead for the Baron’s with 10:42 left in the second quarter.
Wilson Hall’s next possession led to a fumble recovered by Pinewood, setting them up with a chance to take the lead for the first time in the game. The Panthers, though, coughed up the football themselves, giving it back to Wilson Hall. Wilson Hall proceeded to drive the ball down the field as running back Graham VanPatten found the end-zone giving them a 22-14 lead after a failed 2pt conversion by the Barrons.
The second have was a much more defensive effort from both sides. Neither side could find the end-zone for most of the 3rd quarter as the defenses held strong. The scoring drought was broken on a muffed punt by Pinewood that set Wilson Hall up with great field position. The tired legs on defense couldn’t contain the Barons for much longer as VanPatten notched his second touchdown of the game, giving Wilson Hall the 30-14 lead that would hold until the final buzzer.
“It was a lot of fun, it really felt like an even game that could go either way,” said wide receiver Ben Brown. “They definitely have the complete Friday night lights feel up there at Wilson Hall, with the drums and the student section. They made it tough on us but I felt like we hung in there and it was a battle until the end.”