Photo Credit: Tom Jeffrey
By Jack Jeffrey | Pinewood Prep Contributor
Pinewood Prep entered the game against Heathwood Hall with high hopes that they might find their first victory, but ultimately fell 48-8 to drop their record to 0-4 on the season.
“Over the years we have done very well against Heathwood Hall, despite them having various college coaches and high level college players coaching there,” said Pinewood Prep head coach Michael Wright. “In my short time at Pinewood, we lead the series against them.”
The game was competitive in the early going. Heathwood Hall found their first points with 6:49 left in the first after Junior Quarterback Alex Lewis threw a short strike to William Morris in the end-zone. The Highlanders had their PAT blocked which gave the Pinewood supporters something to get excited about.
Later in the first Alex Lewis took the ball in himself as they took a 12-0 lead. Heathwood’s special teams struggles continued after a missed extra point.
Pinewood Prep took some of the momentum back in the second quarter however, as running back Cameron Carroll stormed into the end-zone from 12 yards out. Pinewood converted a two point conversion to set the score at 12-8 in favor of Heathwood Hall.
It looked like anyone’s game midway through the second quarter until the backfield duo of Ronnie Porter and his brother Rondarius took the game into their own hands.
Ronnie Porter capped off a drive with a 7-yard touchdown to give the Highlanders a 20-8 advantage. On Heathwood’s next drive Ronnie’s sophomore brother, Rondarius, or “Rondo” rumbled into the endzone on a 19-yard run extending Heathwood’s lead.
Pinewood came into the game struggling to stop the run and Heathwood exploited that all night. “I want to thank the guys up front for most of my success,” stated Ronnie Porter after the game. “They were opening up huge holes. We had a good plan offensively to attack the defense and it led to a great win for the team.”
Quarterback Alex Wilson and the Porter brothers continued to find the end-zone and were responsible for Heathwood’s next three touchdowns .
While it may seem like a time for Pinewood players and fans to hang their heads low, team captain Grayson Mann still maintains a positive message for his teammates and all Pinewood football enthusiasts to hold onto.
“The support from the student section helps light a fire in our team especially during the tough times,” said Mann. “We just have to study what went wrong and come together as a team to make the most out of this season.”
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