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Pirates’ comeback falls short

The Pike Pirates mounted a furious comeback from a 31-8 deficit but fell short as they lost 31-22 to Carver of Columbus here Friday night. Carver’s head coach short circuited as the clock wound down and exhibited poor sportsmanship, according to onlookers. The officiating was roundly criticized. Carver led 12-0 at the half then built that lead to 18-0 in the third quarter. Pike got on the board with a 10-yard TD run by quarterback Tyler Gregory and a two-point conversion to make it 18-8. The visitors began to scatter, smother and Carver the Pirates and built at 31-8 lead with the help of a hapless officiating crew. Then, the Pirates roared back. Hunter Bishop scored on a five-yard run and Pike converted another two-point PAT to make it 31-16. Gregory hit Henley with a seven-yard TD pass as time ran down but the PAT failed and Pike lost its region opener. More in this week’s print edition.

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