Presbyterian Christian head coach Joey Hawkins is a religious man. He knows a little faith goes a long way. He also knows a little Fate goes a long way, only this time it wasn’t quite enough.
PCS running back Fate Eiland rushed for 102 yards in the first half alone, but the Bobcats could not stop Jackson Prep’s dynamic offense, falling to the Patriots 35-19 Friday night.
Eiland finished the day with 143 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries, but it would not be enough to out-duel Ian McGraw and the Patriots.
“Fate made some great plays for us. He’s just a hoss running back. He’s just a great performer,” Hawkins said. “What’s really helping him is that our other backs are coming on.”
The Bobcats controlled much of the tempo throughout the game behind a stable of solid running back play, but the Patriots’ explosive offense was too much to match in the end.
“I thought we moved the ball and controlled the clock the first half. We gave up just too many easy drives. That was the kicker,” Hawkins said.
PCS struck first with a field goal by Troy Waites before Jackson Prep answered with a 3-yard rush from quarterback Gene Wood on the very next drive, giving his team a lead they would not relinquish.
Waites added another field goal at the start of the second quarter to cut the lead to one, but Jackson Prep running back Ian McGraw scored the first of his three touchdowns from 12 yards out later in the quarter to put the Patriots ahead, 14-6.
Hawkins tried to spark a comeback with an onside kick to start the third quarter, but Jackson Prep did not bite and recovered the ball. The real spark came two drives later when John David Polles sacked Wood deep in Jackson Prep territory, dislodging the ball and causing a fumble the Bobcats would recover.
Eiland scored his lone touchdown from the six-yard line to cap the next Bobcats’ drive, and after an interception by Wilson Benton, PCS scored again with a run from quarterback Rand Henderson to make it a 21-19 game. But the Bobcats could not convert on the ensuing two-point conversion, and Jackson Prep scored twice more to milk the clock and ensure the win.
“We’ve got to get better on Mondays and Tuesdays. Mondays and Tuesdays (are where) you win the game,” Hawkins said. “We’ve got great kids. They practice hard, but we need to get a little more attention to detail.”
PCS (6-4, 3-1) goes on the road to face Columbia Academy next Friday at 7 p.m.