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The Friars (4-2) found the end zone on the opening drive and in order to rally back the Patriots (3-2) tried to play an up-tempo style of offense, something they assumed their InterAc foe would not be prepared to defend. However the fast pace air attack was not something the offense was completely comfort- able with and it resulted in fiYH WurnRYHrs.
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“The ground game was not getting the big chunks of yards that we needed,” Tay- lor said. “We had to go to the air, but time ran out. I trust Hayes can get me the ball in any spot.”
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“We played catch up, but we never gave up,” Taylor said. “Offensively we moved the ball, but we need to tighten up on defense.”
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was Connor Bohs one yard run that sealed the win. Bohs had 109 of the Friars 251 rushing yards.
“We really wanted to get off to a good start because they are a team that wants to get out ahead and control the clock,” Dence said. “The Wing-T has become one of those offenses that only a handful of teams run and run well. They did a really good job disguising it, but I am proud of our kids. We fought hard.”