Madison-Ridgeland Academy spoiled Presbyterian Christian’s homecoming night by completing a 28-0 shutout, handing the Bobcats its second consecutive loss.
“We did not bring our best stuff tonight,” PCS coach Derek White said. “We didn’t match them physically. We had some opportunities to put some points on the board and we didn’t do that, and that’s on us. I thought our defense played well. I told them coming in that we wanted them to run the football and they did run the football. We thought we would score some points and grind this thing out, but we’re going to get back to work on Monday.”
The Patriots slowed down the Bobcats’ offense by limiting star running back Marquis Crosby to his lowest number of rushing yards since PCS’ Week 1 loss. Crosby carried the ball 36 times for 135 yards, earning an average of 3.75 yards per carry. Prior to the game, Crosby had been averaging over 10 yards per carry.
“We wanted to run the football,” White said. “That’s what we do, and we just couldn’t score points and that’s on us at offense.”
While the Bobcats held quarterback Zach Beasley to 62 passing yards, the Patriots found success running the ball the whole game. Running back Tylor Latham led the way for the Patriots, rushing for 207 yards on 17 carries for two touchdowns. Hatcher Swanson also contributed two touchdowns and rushed for 37 yards on six carries.
PCS kept the game scoreless after a quarter as the Bobcats’ defense came out strong. PCS forced the Patriots to punt twice in its first possessions. PCS linebacker Cameron Shaw blocked MRA’s first punt, which set up a drive into the red zone. However, the Bobcats missed a short field goal.
Early into the second quarter, the Patriots got onto the scoreboard on the first play of the drive as Latham broke free for a 62-yard touchdown.
On the next drive, Crosby threw an interception to Hayes Puckett, who was downed at the MRA four-yard line. The Patriots then continued its rushing attack, which led to a 54-yard run from Latham. Running back Hatcher Swanson finished the drive off with a 15-yard rushing touchdown to put the Patriots up 14-0 at halftime.
The Bobcats then went three and out on its first two possessions of the second half. MRA expanded its lead with another touchdown by Swanson on a 14-yard rush.
Midway into the fourth quarter, the Patriots scored for the final time on a 10-yard rush by Latham. The Patriots defense continued to shutdown PCS as the Bobcats did not advance the ball past midfield in the fourth quarter.
According to White, he believes that his team can strengthen from playing an undefeated MRA team.
“When you play a team like that you know you’ve got to match your talent and light it up and get better,” White said. “You know it’s going to raise the level of your play and we’ve got to raise the level of our play and play better. Hopefully, that happens tonight and moving forward, we get better and we can grow, learn and adapt.”
White says that his team is moving forward to next week’s matchup against Jackson Prep, which decides the Bobcats’ playoff seeding.
“We’re already moving on,” White said. “Next week, you win, you’re the two, three or four seed. There’s a tiebreaker, so we can be either two, three or four.”
“We’ve got to capitalize on some turnovers. Offensively, we got to stay on some blocks more and not have some miscues. We had some low snaps, but you know what, the good thing is all of that’s correctable and we’re going to get back to work on that.”
PCS will host Jackson Prep next Friday.