The Patriots (12-0) remained undefeated and kept their state title hopes alive after defeating Holy Innocents’ 15-7 in a Class A private school contest.
The victory puts Mount Pisgah in the state semifinals for the first time in school history as the Patriots host Aquinas at Savior Field Friday at 7:30 p.m.
A win would give Pisgah its first state championship game berth. The winner will face either Eagle’s Landing Christian or Calvary Day, who are playing in the other Class A private school semifinal, in the title game at the Georgia Dome Dec. 13 at 2:30 p.m..
Mount Pisgah fell behind early in its quarterfinal game as Holy Innocents’ scored on a 45-yard touchdown run by Clay Pfohl to take a 7-0 lead in the first quarter.
The Patriots came back in the second quarter as Aaron Winchester threw a 27-yard touchdown pass to Ben Miller. However, they missed the extra point and still trailed 7-6.
Pisgah took the lead later in the second quarter as Winchester connected with Oz Dixon for a 23-yard scoring strike to give the Patriots – who failed to make the two-point conversion – a 12-7 advantage that they would take with them into the locker room at halftime.
The Patriots got three more points at the beginning of the second half from a 19-yard field goal by Chase Clark to complete their scoring and give them their final margin of victory.
Winchester completed 15 of 24 passes for 226 yards and two touchdowns, while also rushing for 147 yards on 24 carries.
Dixon had 77 receiving yards on five catches and a touchdown, while Miller caught four passes for 78 yards and a score.
Defensively, John O’Connor led the way with nine tackles, while Nicky Piccapietra contributed eight tackles and Blake Smith and Shingi Chigwere had five each.
It will be a battle of the undefeateds in the semifinal game as Pisgah faces an Aquinas team that is 12-0 and has averaged 38 points a game this season.
The Augusta-based Fightin’ Irish advanced with a 35-32 win over Mount Paran Christian in the quarterfinals last Friday.
The season came to an end for Blessed Trinity (9-4) as the Titans lost to Washington County 46-17 in their AAA quarterfinal game last Friday.
The Titans trailed only 19-17 in the third quarter before Washington County scored 27 unanswered points in the final period to clinch the win.
Milton Shelton rushed for 142 yards on 19 carries, while Chad Manthey gained 77 yards on 14 rushes to lead the way on the ground for Blessed Trinity.