By Katrina Sachon | JL Mann Contributor
The JL Mann Patriots fell to 0-7, after their 49-10 loss to Westside on Friday. The Patriots showed improvement, however they couldn’t convert that improvement into points.
Penalties and turnovers dominated the game sending both teams backwards. However, in the end the Rams were able to pull out their second win of the season, improving to 2-4 overall.
The Patriots’ first drive ended in a fumble setting up great field position for the Rams to score their first touchdown.
JL Mann’s next drive resulted in yet another a lot fumble. Westside’s Blair Garner then ran the ball in for the Rams second touchdown of the night, extending their lead to 13-0 after the Patriots, blocked the extra point.
On JL Mann’s next drive, Westside’s Zade Miles intercepted the ball from Patriots’ quarterback Noah Staples.
The Westside quarterback then ran it in for their third touchdown of the night.
“Catastrophic mistakes early,” said Patriots head coach Burnette.
The Rams decided to go for the 2-point conversion, since their previous extra point was blocked. Westside was successful and went up 21-0.
A couple drives later the Patriots were hit with a pass interference call that set Rams up for terrific field position. The next play resulted in Westside’s fourth touchdown of the game, by Caleb Edwards, making it 28-0.
The Patriots got their first touchdown of the night when #Saadiq Murray ran the ball into the end zone.
On kickoff, # 13, Tyson Lewis, had a huge run setting them up all the way on the 22 yard in Patriot territory. Westside was able to score their fifth touchdown of the night after a terrific kick return by Tyson Lewis set the Rams up at the Patriot 22 yard line. Ryan Brownwell caught a touchdown pass shortly thereafter to push Westside’s lead to 35-7 at the half.
The Rams continued their offensive explosion in the second half.
Owen Skelton ran the ball into the end zone giving Westside their sixth touchdown of the night early in the third quarter. Xzorian Brown then returned a kickoff for a touchdown after the Patriots managed a field goal for the final score of the night.
“We made too many mistakes early on,” said Burnette. “Defensively, we gave them too many opportunities with short fields and making it easy on them.”
The Patriots will travel to Wade Hampton to face the Generals next week. As for the Rams, they will host the Woodmont Wildcats
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