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Mistakes doom Morgan in loss to Pike Liberal Arts

Morgan Academy’s Stanhope Fraiser runs the ball in Friday night’s game against Pike Liberal Arts. Frasier and the Senators fell to Pike Liberal Arts 27-13.--Doug Horton

Morgan Academy’s Stanhope Fraiser runs the ball in Friday night’s game against Pike Liberal Arts. Frasier and the Senators fell to Pike Liberal Arts 27-13.–Doug Horton

By David Lovell

The Selma Times-Journal

In a game stopped by lightning and pummeled by rain showers, Pike Liberal Arts (3-1) defeated Morgan Academy (0-2) 27-13 Friday night.

Two lightning delays stopped the game at different points — once in the opening quarter and one with 2:42 left to play — but the Senators’ made too many mistakes to get their first win of the year.

“This is a tough loss,” said Morgan Academy head coach Jake Wingo. “This game had a lot of playoff implications. Our guys fought but we missed too many tackles on defense and on offense we played behind the chains. We had too many penalties on first down that set us back.”

Pike’s Marquese Christian started the scoring with a 12-yard touchdown reception with 6:33 remaining in the first quarter.

The rain slowed the offenses for a while, but Pike eventually extended its lead with a Rush Hixon 5-yard touchdown run with 4:55 remaining in the third quarter.

Just when it looked like the Patriots may run away with a big win, Morgan Academy found some life on a 40-yard fumble return for a touchdown by Tyler Bush to pull within 12-7.  Unfortunately for the Senators, that was as close as they would get all night.

The Patriots finally pulled away from the Senators with 8:45 remaining in the fourth quarter on a Hixon touchdown run, making the score 20-7.

Reed Jinright added another scored with 3:47 left, giving Pike Lib a 27-7 lead.

“It’s a big win for us because it puts us 2-1 in the district,” said Pike Liberal Arts head coach Gene Allen. “That’s one of our goals to get into the playoffs, but we had to overcome a lot because the weather was tough and we lost our quarterback in the middle of the third quarter. We had to do a lot of things we didn’t plan on doing.”

Morgan added a late touchdown by Jackson Henderson to pull within 27-13, but then lightning delayed the game for a second time.

Although it was after 10:30 p.m., the teams elected to wait it out and eventually finished the contest.

Wingo said the Senators just made too many mistakes on this night, with penalties being the main culprit.

He said his team was behind the chains many times and with the weather causing havoc, it made things even harder on the Senators’ offense.

“When it is pouring down rain the passing game is going to be pretty ineffective and the way our offense is set up, we are 4-yards, 4-yards, 4-yards so yes it did [affect us],” Wingo said.

Morgan Academy travels to No. 1 ranked Edgewood Academy next week while Pike Liberal Arts hosts Evangel Christian Academy.