Patrick Henry got its first win on Monday over Carolina.
So, the Patriots only had three days to prepare for their home-opener against Glen Allen.
And for some reason the Patrick Henry football team felt like it could not catch a break.
First, the Patriots were the last public school team in the Central Region to open their season.
Second, prior to the season one of their leading players on offense and defense – Kaleb Smith – transferred in attempt to enroll at Wake Forest University early.
Third, senior quarterback Hunter Hart, had come down ill and not only would not play in the season-opener on Monday but was in street clothes on the sidelines on Friday.
The two-sport athlete has been in the starting lineup since his freshman year so he is an important cog in the Patrick Henry machine.
However, using a heavy dose of senior Terrance Oxendine, and rotating the ball nicely between a pair of sophomores – Alex Sikkar and Samandre Williams – Patrick Henry pulled away from Glen Allen for the 41-15 victory on Friday.
But it was the diminutive Oxendine, who was so elusive in the first half, he rushed for 108 yards and two touchdowns and hauled in one pass from Sikkar for 99 yards and another TD.
The same pair hooked up one more time for a 96-yard touchdown in the third quarter but it was called back due to a holding penalty. Therefore, the senior finished with 207 yards and three touchdowns on the evening. He accounted for all three of the Patriots first half touchdowns which gave the home team 22-15 halftime lead.
Junior Brandon Sullivan got it going in the second half for Patrick Henry as he picked up a loose ball on the first playoff the half and returned it 31-yards for the touchdown. Sullivan (8 yards) and Williams (3 yards) then tacked on a pair of rushing touchdowns to provide the final margin.
In the final tally, Williams finished with 79 yards on 12 carries while Sikkar, a 6-0, 165-pounder, carried the ball nine carries for 76 yards.
He also completed four passes for 134 yards, the 99-yard touchdown strike to Oxendine and the other three were right on the money to junior Jamel Jackson.
For the Jaquars, sophomore running back Devin Flowers set the tone early. In fact, the 6-0, 230-pounder, carried the ball five straight times on the team’s opening series for 45 yards and a touchdown. Flowers also added the two-point conversion to tie the game early at 8-8.
Glen Allen’s other touchdown, a pass from quarterback Donavan Riddick to Quenton Pines for 44 yards, gave the visitors their only lead at 15-14 midway through the second quarter.
Flowers carried the ball a game-high 25 times for 106 yards while Riddick, who threw for 154 yards (10 for 19), toted the ball six times for 48 yards.
With the win, the Patriots improve to 2-0 while the Jaguars fell to 0-2. Patrick Henry is back at home on Friday against Deep Run while Glen Allen plays host to Lee-Davis.