First half explosion carries Patrick Henry past Delta, 42-6

By Joe Blystone - For the Expositor

Patrick Henry did nearly everything right in the first half, scoring touchdowns on all five possessions as the Patriots raced to a 35-6 lead and coasted to a 42-6 win on the road over the Delta Panthers to remain undefeated at 5-0 Friday.

Patrick Henry gained control right away on the first series when Mitch Bonner’s 32 yard pass down the seam to Sean Norden on a third-and-11 was the big play in a 68 yard, seven play drive capped by Donny Johnson’s six yard run to make it 7-0 3:30 into the game.

The Patriots doubled that score less than two minutes later when after a Delta three-and-out, Johnson turned the right side and raced 55 yards for a score.

After Dylan Smith’s long kickoff return set the Panthers up at the Patriot 39, Delta did get one first down on the next series on a Jason Beverly pass to Travis Barnes but the drive fizzled at the 28 when Beverly’s fourth down pass fell incomplete.

PH then went on a methodical 72 yard, nine play drive keyed by JJ Rettig’s 30-yard back shoulder catch of a Bonner aerial down the right sideline. Johnson’s one yard hurdle into the end zone capped the scoring drive at 10:34 of the half to make it 21-0.

The Patriots struck again at the 8:13 mark on Bonner’s 31 yard strike to Rettig before the Panthers got on the scoreboard when Smith ran the ensuing kickoff back 85 yards for a score to dent the Patriots lead at 28-6.

However, Patrick Henry answered right back with a 12 play, 69-yard march capped by Mason Fintel’s catch of a Bonner pass to make it 35-6 at the half.

The Patriots gained 323 first half yards to Delta’s 12 as Johnson carried for 153 on 16 carries and Bonner was 8 for 10 for 147 yards.

Kent Petersen’s short touchdown run after a Delta fumble was the only score in the second half.

Jesse Beverly picked up 84 yards on the ground to pace the Delta offense, 81 of those in the second half.

The Panthers fall to 1-4 on the season and host Liberty Center this Friday, while Patrick Henry welcomes in Archbold.

By Joe Blystone

For the Expositor

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