While it may be the ulterior motive to win Friday night, the Patriots seniors would appreciate a win on Senior Night.
Pace (4-3, 2-0) will play host to District 1-6A foe Pensacola High (2-4, 0-2) in quest of their fifth-straight win and an unbeaten district record.
“Well it’d mean a lot for our seniors,” Pace coach Mickey Lindsey said.
“It’d be big for everybody, but especially the seniors — they’ve put so much work in the past four years.”
This year, Pace seniors have helped lead the team out of a very challenging 0-3 start to the top of District 1-6A.
Pace has been notorious for its vicious run game, led by work horse Quaide Weimerskirch (184 carries, 1424 yards, 18 TDs), but has also seen success when catching defenses off balance with the pass.
Amongst the team’s seniors, QB Dylan Hart (37-58-4, 626 yards, 6 TDs) has conducted a supremely efficient season under center.
“I have the best time of my life out here with these guys,” Hart said. “The start of this year was a little rough. But after that first win, everything escalated.”
Since Pace’s last loss, the Patriots have outscored opponents 163-82 through four games.
Tonight, they’ll host Pensacola High, a team which comes into Pace on a three-game losing streak.
“We’ve got a lot of respect for Pensacola High, and we know the kind of program they have,” Lindsey said. “We know we are in for a great ball game.”
The Tigers possess several offensive weapons and a sound defense, but have sputtered out in some close games.
One of the top backfields in the area, quarterback Slade Jarman (83-161-4, 1331 yards, 13 TDs) and tailback Kevon Abrams (82 carries, 712 yards, 3 TDs), won’t waste any time trying to build offensive momentum.
The pressing challenge Friday for the Tigers should fall upon the shoulders of the defense, as containing Pace’s Weimerskirch is a difficult task.
Weimerskirch has rushed for more than 700 yards more than any other back in District 1-6A, and Pensacola coach Mike Bennett is well aware of that fact.
“We’ve gotta play defense like we are capable of playing,” Bennett said.
“Offense has also gotta put more points up. We’ve gotta do a little more than we’ve been doing.
“We need to take it one game at a time and get back in this race.”
A district win is much-needed for the Tigers, as they have yet to pass that challenge yet this season.
With a win over the Patriots, the Tigers could finish at 3-2 in the district with consecutive wins in the following weeks (Washington, Pine Forest).
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What: Pensacola High at Pace (Senior night)
When: Friday, Oct. 17, 2014
Where: Patriot Stadium