Lee pushes Morgan Academy to upset No. 6 Patrician Academy 35-7

Published 1:08 am Saturday, September 1, 2018

Quarterback Jeremy Lee turned Morgan Academy’s showdown against No. 6 Patrician Academy into his personal showcase.

The junior threw for 242 yards and two touchdowns as Morgan Academy spanked the Saints 35-7 on Friday night in its home opener.

Lee completed 14 of 19 passes and also added a one-yard touchdown run to lead the Senators (2-1). He threw touchdown passes of 62-yards to Hardin Utsey and a 21-yarder to Mason Perkins.

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“As a team we executed,” Lee said. “Before the game, we talked about doing the things we’re supposed to do. Everything we wanted to happen, it did happen.”

Senators coach Josh Thacker praised the performance of Lee, a transfer from Meadowview Christian School. Lee was a three-year starter for MCS.

“Jeremy’s a phenomenal athlete,” Thacker said. “The offensive line gave him time to throw. We have great receivers.”

Thacker said the Senators weren’t affected by the 45-minute delay because of a heavy rainstorm and clock malfunction.

“We came in with a great game-plan,” Thacker said. “We can’t control the weather or someone getting hurt. We just focus on us.”

The Senators jumped to a 14-0 first quarter lead on Lee’s one-yard touchdown run and Holt Utsey’s 7-yard touchdown run.

Morgan Academy added two more touchdowns in the second quarter, increasing its lead to 29-0 at halftime. Lee connected with Hardin Utsey and Perkins for touchdown passes. Lee connected with Dione Allen on a two-point conversion.

The Senators scored their final touchdown on Holt Utsey’s 10-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter, leading 35-0.

The Saints (2-1) avoided a shutout on Garrett Lewis’ two-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

Hardin Utsey had five receptions for 130-yards and a score. Holt Utsey had 63-yards rushing and two scores.

Seven points separate the Senators from being unbeaten. Morgan Academy lost to ninth-ranked Pike Liberal Arts 20-14 in its season-opener two weeks ago.

“We’re still stinging from the first loss,” Thacker said. “We feel that we should 3-0 right now, but that’s in the past and we can’t do anything about that. I like where we are right now. We’re going to focus on getting better each week.”

It was the first-ever meeting between the two schools. The Saints won the AISA-A championship last year.