PREP FOOTBALL

Wilson Hall still searching after 44-7 loss to Porter-Gaud

By DANNY KELLY
danny@theitem.com
Posted 9/8/18

Sometimes you’re just simply outmatched, and that was the case for the Wilson Hall football team on Friday at Spencer Field.

The Barons fell to the Porter-Gaud Cyclones 44-7.

“We just have …

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PREP FOOTBALL

Wilson Hall still searching after 44-7 loss to Porter-Gaud

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Sometimes you’re just simply outmatched, and that was the case for the Wilson Hall football team on Friday at Spencer Field.

The Barons fell to the Porter-Gaud Cyclones 44-7.

“We just have to keep working and get better,” said Barons head coach Adam Jarecki, whose team was coming off a 70-3 loss to First Baptist last week. “This is the tough part of our schedule. Once we get to the second half of our schedule, it’ll get better.”

The Barons fell to 0-3, both overall and in SCISA 3A. Porter-Gaud improved to 4-0 overall and 3-0 in 3A play.

Turnovers would prove costly for the Barons; they had three on the night, all of which were fumbles.

The Cyclones opened up the scoring with 11:55 to go in the second quarter with a one-yard touchdown run from senior running back Caleb Pierce. An extra point from senior kicker Jonathan Weitz made the score 7-0.

On the ensuing Barons possession, a fumble on a run from sophomore quarterback Wise Segars that was recovered by junior Cyclones defender J.D Key set Porter-Gaud up at the Wilson Hall 42-yard-line.

“We started out good, but we had a fumble after a long run,” Jarecki said.

The Cyclones capitalized on the turnover with another touchdown run from Pierce, this one from four yards out. An extra point from Weitz put the Barons in a 14-0 hole.

It would just get worse from there.

Another touchdown run from Pierce – this one for six yards – with 2:01 to go before the half added to the Cyclones’ lead. Weitz’s extra point put Porter-Gaud up 21-0.

However, the Cyclones weren’t done.

Senior quarterback Gunnar Nistad threw a 17-yard strike to senior wide receiver Jack Trouche for six more with 49 seconds to go in the half. However, junior kicker Charles Truluck missed the point-after try to leave the score at 27-0.

On the first play on Wilson Hall’s ensuing drive, Segars misjudged a pitch to junior running back Graham Van Patten and the ball was recovered yet again by Key, and this time he ran it back for a touchdown with 36 seconds to go before the half. Truluck would make the extra point this time to put the Cyclones up 34-0.

In the third quarter, Weitz missed a 47-yard field goal, but would redeem himself by making a 20-yard field goal with 1:40 left to go in the quarter to extend Porter-Gaud’s lead to 37-0.

Another Wilson Hall fumble – this one recovered by Cyclones junior defender Max Sasnett – would set Porter-Gaud up at the Barons’ 8-yard-line just before the end of the third quarter.

On the first play of the fourth quarter, Cyclones sophomore quarterback Matt Kelly threw a two-yard touchdown pass to senior wide receiver Kevin Marshall with 11:53 to go in the game. Truluck’s extra point made the score 44-0, Cyclones.

Later in the quarter, Barons sophomore running back Nathan Harris broke a 57-yard run to set Wilson Hall up at the Cyclones’ 3-yard-line.

Two plays later, after a couple of illegal procedure penalties called against the Barons and a 6-yard run from senior running back Mitchell Matthews, Segars took it in himself for a 7-yard score to put the Barons on the board. An extra point from senior placekicker Mills Herlong would make it 44-7, which ended up being the final score.

“We have to get ourselves right and healthy, and keep playing hard,” Jarecki said. “I’m proud of them (the team) for keeping going.”

The Barons will head to Columbia on Friday to take on SCISA 3A juggernaut Hammond High School. The Skyhawks have won nine of the last 12 3A state titles.