St. Francis passing game too much for Whitefield
by Marcel Pourtout
MDJ Sports Writer
September 14, 2013 02:02 AM | 986 views | 0 0 comments | 8 8 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Whitefield Academy’s Everett Pollard looks for running room against St. Francis on Friday. Pollard and the Wolfpack fell on the road in Milton, 28-14.
Whitefield Academy’s Everett Pollard looks for running room against St. Francis on Friday. Pollard and the Wolfpack fell on the road in Milton, 28-14.
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MILTON — Whitefield Academy came into its contest against St. Francis on Friday expecting to defend the Knights’ option rushing offense.

However, St. Francis quarterback Joey Roche used an air attack to earn a 28-14 victory over the Wolfpack.

“We were beaten by a sound team tonight,” Whitefield coach Jimmy Fields said. “Our kids fought hard and tried to creep back into it. We’ll make adjustments as a team, go back to work and get batter. It’s a long year.”

St. Francis (2-2) opened the scoring with a 12-play, 78-yard drive ending with a 1-yard dive up the middle by Sam Franke to give the Knights an early 7-0 advantage.

Whitefield (1-2) responded with touchdown on a 1-yard run by Lawrence Waters with 2:37 left in the first quarter to tie the score.

The Knights’ biggest offensive play of the game came on an 82-yard touchdown pass from Roche to Nathan Waller, who fought off a defender and made a juggling catch before racing to the end zone to give St. Francis a 14-7 lead.

Whitefield caused a turnover in the second quarter when Roche fumbled the ball into the end zone on a quarterback sneak. Lawrence Waters recovered the ball for the Wolfpack on the 7.

Whitefield’s possession stalled, and it resulted in St. Francis being able to take a 21-7 lead into halftime after a 15-yard touchdown pass from Roche to Waller with 9 seconds left in the second quarter.

Whitefield cut the Knights’ lead in half in the third quarter following an interception by Waters. The Wolfpack made the score 21-14 on a 1-yard quarterback sneak by Everett Pollard with 1:15 left in the third quarter.

The touchdown drive included a crucial conversion for Whitefield on fourth-and-4 from the Knights’ 8-yard line on a 7-yard catch by Sky Dupree.

St. Francis secured the victory with a 1-yard touchdown run by Derrick Robinson late in the fourth quarter.

Pollard finished with 93 yards passing and 32 yards on the ground for the Wolfpack, while Matthew Olsen had a team-high 31 yards receiving.

Waters finished with an interception, a fumble recovery, multiple tackles for loss and 17 yards rushing with a touchdown.

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