Patriots conclude unbeaten season; begin bid for state title next week



JOHNS CREEK, Ga. – The Mount Pisgah Patriots closed out a 10-0 regular season, defeating Mount Zion (Carrollton) 41-26 last Friday night, Nov. 8, in a Region 6-A crossover game.

The Patriots, who will begin play in the Class A private school playoffs next week at home, led Mount Zion 21-20 at the half, but broke the game with the first three touchdowns of the second half.

The first half went back and forth, with Mount Zion taking leads of 7-0, 14-7 and 20-14 before the Patriots (10-0) responded to each touchdown by the Eagles (4-6).

Browning Dunn, who rushed for 116 yards, scored the first Mount Pisgah touchdown on a 2-yard run. Ben Miller’s 26-yard run tied the game in the second quarter, and the Patriots took the lead for good on a 14-yard pass from Aaron Winchester to Dunn with two seconds to play in the first half.

Winchester completed 11 of 15 passes for 187 yards and three touchdowns, and also rushed for 120 yards.

A 26-yard pass from Winchester to Tommy Pease put the Patriots ahead 28-20 early in the third quarter, with the next two Pisgah touchdowns set up by turnovers.

Patrick Messinger intercepted a Mount Zion pass at the Patriots’ 6, and Dunn covered 94 yards on the next two plays, rushing for a 33-yard gain and a 61-yard touchdown. Miller wrapped up Mount Pisgah’s scoring with a 6 yard scoring reception from Winchester following a fumble recovery by the Patriots.

Nicky Piccapietra, Blake Smith and Ian Ainsworth led the Mount Pisgah defense with 11 tackles each.

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