The Pike Patriots had reason to return home with a 47: 7 win against the Valiant Cross Academy on Friday evening.
The win extends the Patriots’ winning streak to seven games and they are now 7-1 a year.
After being kept goalless in their opening game, the Patriots went into the locker room at halftime with a 27-0 lead.
After a Warrior Three and Out, the Patriots began an 83-yard seven-game drive that ended with a 22-yard touchdown catch from Quarterback Cason Eubanks’ Mario Davenport, giving the Patriots 7-0 lead.
After the second three in a row, the Warriors had to poke close to their own goal line. The Warrior Punter barely took the punt and the football traveled to the 12 yard line where Patriot Robert Williams waited. Williams raced into the end zone to get the result. With 1:39 remaining in the first quarter, the Patriots were leading 14-0.
Two possessions later, Eubanks had a long run when he took off and ran to a 67-yard score, putting the Patriots 20-0 ahead after a failed extra point.
Pennington scored the final touchdown of halftime in a two-yard touchdown run.
The Patriots had touchdowns in the second half with a 75-yard punt return from Ian Foster and two lavish touchdowns from Baker.
The Patriots finished offensive with a total of 461 yards, of which 409 landed on the ground. Eubanks ran for 180 yards on 11 carries and had a blistering touchdown. Eubanks completed two of his 10 passes for 52 yards. Davenport led the way with two catches for 52 yards to go with his one touchdown.
Baker led the defense with seven tackles, Foster and Frankie Jeffcoat had six tackles, and Davis Kilcrese had five.
The Patriots will complete the region next week when they travel to face the Glenwood Gators in a rematch of last year’s State Championship game.
The kick-off is at 7 p.m.