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,t wDs Dn uJOy fiUst hDOI Dt GHUPDntRwn AFDGHPy. BHtween the Patriots and the visiting Peddie School Falcons, who made the hourplus long ride down for the afternoon game, there were six turnovers and seven penalties in the opening two quarters alone.
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The Patriots (2-0, 0-0) forced four fumbles and saw senior Rob Gorman score an offensive and defensive touchdown en route to the win.
“,’P sR hDSSy IRU thHsH Juys,” DHnFH sDLG. “,t’s just such a different atmosphere. To start out the wDy wH GLG shRws thDt thLs is a total team effort. These Juys SODy IRU HDFh RthHU and it just feels so good. I can’t put into words how much I appreciate them for whDt thHy’UH GRLnJ.”
3HGGLH (0-2, 0-0) DFtuDOOy wHnt uS fiUst, FDSLtDOLzLnJ Rn RnH RI GA’s thUHH fiUst hDOI turnovers.
LDtH Ln thH fiUst TuDUtHU, GA TuDUtHUEDFN HDyHs Nolte had a pass intercepted at the line of scrimmage DnG UHtuUnHG 23 yDUGs IRU D touchdown. But the Patriots fought back, scoring twice in the second quarter, including a defensive touchdown of their own.
At thH 5:58 PDUN RI thH sHFRnG, sHnLRU -RH TDyORU, who was on the sidelines dealing with cramping in hLs OHJ IRU nHDUOy thH Hntire game, caught a 29yDUG SDss IURP NROtH tR give GA its first score of thH JDPH. AnG wLth RnOy one minute, nine seconds tR SODy Ln thH hDOI, whHn it appeared that GA would go into the locker room GRwn Ey RnH, thH 3DtULRts forced a fumble and GorPDn UHtuUnHG Lt 33 yDUGs for a score.
GA, after being moved EDFN 15 yDUGs, thHn FRPSOHtHG D 20-yDUG SDss IURP NROtH to senior Lou Stevens for a two-point conversion and a 14-7 OHDG Dt thH hDOI.
“The coach has been preaching to us all week to wRUN hDUG HvHUy GDy DnG tDNH Lt RnH wLn Dt D tLPH,” Gorman said. “Being 2-0 is a great step and we’re tUyLnJ tR JR Rut DnG PDNH Lt 3-0 next week. It’s a great wLn.”
GRUPDn, whR finLshHG wLth nLnH FDUULHs IRU 37 yDUGs and a score, was a force on both sides of the ball. Besides his two scores, he also FDuJht RnH SDss IRU 11 yDUGs DnG hHOSHG tR FRPSOHtHOy shut down the Falcons’ passing attack.
“Rob doesn’t even want tR FRPH RII thH fiHOG, HvHU,” Dence said. “I thought we lost him for the game in the fiUst TuDUtHU whHn hH JRt Lnjured, and it would’ve been a tRtDOOy GLIIHUHnt JDPH wLthout him. He’s what makes this team go. To have him gut it out, I’m just real proud RI hLP.”
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2n thH GDy, NROtH ILnLshHG wLth 182 yDUGs DnG one touchdown passing whLOH FRPSOHtLnJ 11 RI 20 passes. He threw two interceptions in the first half, but calmed down and didn’t turn the ball over in the final two quarters. Besides Gorman’s perIRUPDnFH, 5-IRRt-4 MunLRU UunnLnJ EDFN 0yOHs AnthRny OHG thH JURunG DttDFN wLth 48 yDUGs Rn 13 carries.
Donahue caught three SDssHs IRU 65 yDUGs, whLOH TDyORU, whR EDUHOy SODyHG Ln the second half, caught three SDssHs IRU 70 yDUGs DnG D touchdown.
GA will look to improve tR 3-0 nHxt SDtuUGDy whHn Lt hRsts BODLU AFDGHPy.
“,n RuU fiUst JDPH, wH GLGn’t hDvH Dny tuUnRvHUs DnG hDUGOy Dny SHnDOtLHs, Eut that’s something we need to wRUN Rn,” DHnFH sDLG. “,t wDs hRt tRGDy DnG , thLnN thHy ORst D OLttOH IRFus DnG went down, but I told them stDy ORFNHG Ln DnG nRw wH just have to practice at a hLJhHU tHPSR. ThHy hDvH D lot to cut down, but I’m just sR SURuG RI thHsH Juys ULJht nRw.”