CHEF turns up heat, roasts PCA in fourth
Published 1:07 am Saturday, September 27, 2014
With CHEF in the house, Porters Chapel seemed to have the recipe for ending its losing streak. Instead, all that was served up was yet another case of fourth-quarter indigestion.
Tyler Dixon’s 29-yard touchdown run with just over seven minutes to play and the ensuing two-point conversion put CHEF in the lead, and a late interception sealed it as the home school team from Baton Rouge spoiled PCA’s homecoming with a 22-21 victory Friday night.
It was the fifth loss in a row for PCA (1-5), and the third time it’s given up the winning score in the fourth quarter.
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“Even though it doesn’t really mean much, it still hurts your pride a little bit. We’ve just got to find a way to finish. We played 47 minutes instead of 48,” said PCA quarterback Zac Morgan, who was 5-of-13 passing for 147 yards with two touchdowns and two interceptions.
PCA rushed for 194 yards as a team. Taylor Rushing led the way with 77 yards, Hunter Lyons had 57, and Logan Pickering had 54 yards and a touchdown.
Pickering’s 5-yard touchdown run just before halftime put the Eagles ahead, and Morgan tossed a 16-yard touchdown pass to Patrick Minor in the opening minute of the fourth quarter to give PCA a 21-14 lead.
Just when it seemed the Eagles were in control, though, they let it slip away.
CHEF — which stands for Christian Home Educators Fellowship — converted one third down and a fourth-and-4 to keep its next drive alive, then Dixon ripped off his 29-yard TD run.
After two false start penalties pushed CHEF back to the 14-yard line on the two-point try, quarterback Arek Moslander scrambled for the score to give the Patriots a 22-21 lead.
Dixon finished the game with 92 rushing yards, while Moslander threw two first-half touchdown passes — his only two completions of the game — and added 63 yards on the ground.
Moslander also had a 23-yard run on the fourth-and-4 conversion, as PCA missed a number of tackles throughout the drive.
“We work on that in practice all the time, and then every game we have at least one or two plays where he breaks seven or eight tackles,” said Morgan, who also plays safety. “We’ve just got to keep working.”
PCA got the ball back with seven minutes left and began its final, desperate drive. After converting its own fourth-and-4 near midfield, PCA got the ball to the CHEF 9-yard line with about a minute and and a half remaining.
Ten of the first 12 plays on the drive had been runs but, after a penalty, coach Wayne Lynch called for a pass on first-and-goal from the 14.
Morgan rolled to his left and lofted a ball into traffic. CHEF’s Spencer Costa leaped and came down with the interception, sealing the Patriots’ victory with 1:09 to go.
“I tried to get outside the pocket and the pressure was there real quick. I just tried to make something happen,” Morgan said. “We’d been running the ball real good all night, but he had confidence in me throwing, so I guess that’s why he called it.”
CHEF 22, Porters Chapel 21
Records: Porters Chapel (1-5); CHEF (3-4)
Up next: PCA at Riverfield
Skinny: Porters Chapel lets lead slip away in the fourth quarter for third time this season