Pike Road wins first-ever region game at PCA

Pike Road quarterback CJ Paymon follows the blocking of tailback Bradley May (2) in Friday's game.

PRATTVILLE -- Pike Road remained undefeated in its inaugural season with a 28-7 victory over Prattville Christian Academy, taking another historic step in its inaugural season with its first region victory on Friday night.

It wasn’t easy for the Patriots. Other than two plays in the first half, Pike Road could get nothing done in what was the real first test facing the maiden program. PCA ran 43 offensive plays in the first half to Pike Road’s meager 22 plays.

PCA put together an impressive scoring drive in the second quarter. Sterling Berry scored from the 3 yard line after an 11-play drive of 80 yards.

Pike Road answered immediately. Pike Road put together a pair of big runs to even the score before halftime.

“I was a little worried and we were jittery,” Pike Road coach Patrick Browning said. “We made some adjustments in our alignments during half time and we got the guys to settle down. I was well pleased with what we did in the second half.”

CJ Paymon was 6 of 11 for 117 yards and a touchdown of 49 yards to Bryce Kelly. The Patriots had 201 rushing yards for the game. Paymon picked up 115 yards on 19 carries and scored one touchdown.

Bradley May dashed into the end zone from 32 yards out and A.J. McPherson swept left end, untouched, for a 45-yard touchdown. The Patriots also had a touchdown called back when Paymon connected with Bryce Kelly from 50 yards away.

Three plays later Kelly ran the same pattern and Paymon connected again from 49 yards for the score.

“I think the thing that I like the most about tonight is that our guys didn’t have things their way and they faced adversity for the first time. They bounced back and that is a very good thing,” Browning said.

Paymon and Jackson Harrison had 10 tackles each to lead the defense.

Pike Road (3-0) will host Southside-Selma in a region game next week at ASU Stadium.

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