Defense leads Mount Pisgah past King’s Ridge



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Mount Pisgah football team is off to the best start in school history after a 14-6 win over King’s Ridge on Friday night. The No. 7 Patriots now stand 6-0 overall and 2-0 in Region 6B-A play.

With the Pisgah offense struggling to find its rhythm, the defense stepped up to a record four turnovers and two sacks. The Patriots defense held the Tigers to only 165 yards of total offense.

Jacob Delk, Oz Dixon and Nicky Piccapietra all came up with interceptions, while Patrick Messinger and Tommy Pease both sacked the King’s Ridge quarterback. Blake Smith also got in on the action, causing a fumble that was recovered by Piccapietra, which set up Pisgah’s second score.

With the Patriots leading 7-0, Piccapietra recovered a fumble on the King’s Ridge 20-yard line. After a run by Browning Dunn, Pisgah handed the ball to J.R. Cendoya three times and the sophomore pounded it into the end zone from 3 yards out.

The Patriots scored in the first quarter when Aaron Winchester hit Dunn for a 21-yard screen pass to give the team an early lead. Winchester finished the night six-of-17 passing for 89 yards and ran for 74 yards on eight carries. In addition to his touchdown pass, Dunn added seven carries for 54 yards. Dixon also had six rushes for 29 yards.

Delk led the defense with eight tackles, while Shingi Chigwere finished with seven of his own. Cendoya added six tackles, while Dixon, Piccapietra and Smith each tallied five tackles.

The Patriots will look to tie the school record for wins in a season (seven) next week when they host Whitefield for homecoming.

– Mike Blum

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