Flashes fall short at Pelahatchie, 13-6

Published 12:00 am Saturday, August 22, 2009

From staff reports

Even after an anemic offensive night, St. Aloysius had one last chance to pull out a victory Friday night.

It came up just short.

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A desperation pass from Regan Nosser to Luke Burnett was knocked away in the end zone with no time left on the clock, and Pelahatchie escaped with a 13-6 win over St. Al.

Nosser and Burnett hooked up for a 39-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter. After a frantic final drive reached the 11-yard line, Nosser spiked the ball as time expired. The officials gave St. Al one last, untimed play, but a good defensive play by the Chiefs denied it.

“We threw it in the end zone and didn’t quite make the play,” St. Al coach B.J. Smithhart said. “They had good pressure. Regan had to throw it. We had a shot at it.”

Nosser had 69 passing yards, but the Flashes had just 95 yards of total offense.

That was 43 less than Pelahatchie tailback Darryan Ragsdale had by himself. Ragsdale ran for 138 yards and two touchdowns — a 2-yarder in the first quarter and a 56-yarder in the second. Pelahatchie had 233 rushing yards as a team.

“We weren’t very good. I think we had one first down in the first half,” Smithhart said. “The defense did good. The offense didn’t. We’re going to work to get better.”