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Pirates upset Knights in 44-33 win

PHOTO BY DONNA KENNEDY / JHURNDON.COM

The Pike County High School Pirates won their first region game of the season as they upset Upson-Lee on the road with a 44-33 victory Sept. 17. It was the Pirates first win over Upson-Lee since 2012. The Knights were dubbed 24-point favorites but the Pirates quickly took a 14-0 lead in the first three minutes of the game and set the tone for their victory starting with a 42-yard pass play from quarterback #10 Gage Lee to #5 Quindarius Harris. 

The Pirates defense didn’t let up and #23 Lane Woodard picked up a fumble and returned it for a Pike County touchdown to make the score 14-0. 

Upson-Lee scored but were unable to add the extra point and the team was flagged throughout the drive and for a total of 50 yards in the first half. 

The Pirates were strong on the ground as they rushed for several 25-yard plus plays including a 30-yard rush by #42 Jack Barron and a 25-yard breakaway touchdown by #30 Jakilen King with 5:07 left in the first quarter to make it 21-6. 

The Knights drove all the way down the field and scored another touchdown but their two-point conversion failed. The Pirates led 35-21 at halftime. 

The Pirates played well in all situations as quarterback Gage Lee ran in a 22-yard touchdown off a fake field goal attempt. King scored a six-yard rushing touchdown and broke tackles on a big 35-yard rush to pick up 137 yards rushing in the game with two TDs. 

The Pirates had 284 total yards with 242 rushing yards and 42 passing yards. Upson-Lee had 485 total yards but their defense was unable to hold back the Pirates who were three for six on third down conversions compared to the Knights’ four for 10 on third downs.

The Pirates will host Jackson for Homecoming this Friday, Sept. 24 with kick off set for 7:30 p.m.

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