The weather and a tough Patrick Henry team were Bryan’s downfall as the Patriots defeated the Bears 28-13 Friday at Golden Bear Stadium.
Bryan’s defense, which had been stellar all season, floundered in the rainy weather. Patrick Henry’s rushing duo of TJ Rhamy and Wil Morrow alternated runs up the middle and sweeps, combining for 298 yards and four touchdowns.
Bryan started the game off well, holding Patrick Henry to a punt on their first possession. They then put together a 7 play, 80 yard drive, with quarterback Nate Miller scoring from 14 yards out to give the Bears an early 7-0 lead.
The Patriots had to punt on their second drive as well, but this time, they pinned the Bears back on their own 1 yard line. Bryan couldn’t get the drive going and ended up punting. The snap on the punt was bad and the ball bounced out of the end zone to give the Patriots a safety.
After the free kick, Patrick Henry drove 57 yards in just four plays, scoring on a 19 yard touchdown run by Morrow with :30 remaining in the first quarter. The missed PAT made the score 8-7 PH.
Bryan punted on their next drive, pinning the Patriots on their own 5 yard line. But Patrick Henry went 95 yards in 13 plays, scoring on another Morrow touchdown with 5:28 remaining in the half. Following another missed PAT, the score was 14-7 at the half.
After back-to-back punts by Bryan, the Patriots scored on their second drive of the half, this time going 79 yards in five plays. Rhamy scored on a 44-yard touchdown run with 3:29 remaining in the quarter. A successful two-point conversion extended the PH lead 22-7.
Bryan got on the board again after an 8-play, 65 yard drive. Facing 4th and 13 at the Patrick Henry 16, Miller found Titus Rohrer in the corner of the end zone on the first play of the fourth quarter. The PAT was no good and Bryan trailed 22-13.
The Patriots would put together one more touchdown drive, this time for 65 yards. Rhamy scored his second rushing touchdown from 3 yards out to make it 28-13.
With the loss, Bryan snaps a 6-game winning streak. Their record is now 6-2, and they are 4-1 in the NWOAL. Patrick Henry has won five straight games and is now 5-3, 5-0. The Patriots are tied with 8-0 Liberty Center at the top of the league. Bryan is not completely out of the NWOAL race; if they beat Liberty Center next week, and Liberty Center beats Patrick Henry the following week, there would be a three-way tie for the league title.
Bryan faces an even more formidable task next Friday as they host the undefeated Tigers at Golden Bear Stadium. Pregame on the Golden Bears Sports Network will be at 6:30 on bryansports.com and Q 96.5. The BMU 3 rebroadcast will be next Saturday at 7:00 PM.