The statement win for the Patriots dropped the Wolverines to 0-1 in subregion play, and it will make every game a must-win going forward.
“They executed their offense really well,” noted Walker Coach John East said, “they run it like a machine and their quarterback played very well (Friday), he had a great game.”
Bad decisions and poor ball security marred the Walker offense, as the Wolverines turned the ball over four times on the night. Quarterback Cameron Bloebaum struggled to find any openings in the Patriot defense, completing only nine passes on 21 attempts with two interceptions.
“We struggled to get possession, our offense sputtered and stalled out and we had some miscues again on special teams that hurt us.” East said.
Mount Pisgah opened with a 95-yard kickoff return by Browning Dunn.
Quarterback Aaron Winchester followed by finding Patrick Messinger in the end zone on the next drive, and then ran in a 2-yarder on the following drive to make it 21-0, just 9 minutes into the game.
The Patriots weren’t done as they would add 16 more points to make it 37-0 at the end of the half.
The Wolverines offensive line struggled to contain the pass rush, and the Mount Pisgah secondary blanketed the Walker receivers for most of the night. The Patriots’ Jacob Delk intercepted two passes and returned one for a 48-yard touchdown.
Winchester completed 10 of 13 passes for 147 yards and two touchdowns. His efforts were largely assisted by the offensive line, which provided him with a solid pocket.
“Our line play was huge (Friday),” Mount Pisgah coach Mike Forester said, “This was our best performance on the offensive side of the ball this year, and the line play is the kind of thing that drives a football team.”
With the win, the Patriots improved to 5-0 for only the second time in school history.
“This win is huge,” Forester said. “To play a team the caliber of Walker, to win this way, is really big for us. The win is monumental in one sense, but in another sense, we hope this is just the beginning, we hope we have a long season.”