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PCA season ends in the final seconds against Tallulah Academy



Coach Blake Purvis with QB Jace Riggs in the season closing victory over Tallulah Academy (photo by Keith Phillips)

Porter’s Chapel Academy’s football season came to an end on Friday in a high scoring 44-36 match against Tallulah Academy.

Tallulah Academy got on the board quick and took a 14-0 lead in the first quarter before PCA responded.

PCA showed that they weren’t going down without a fight when Jace Riggs hit Jase Jung for a 45-yard touchdown. The Eagles forced a turnover from a fumble on the next drive which gave them the ball, and it didn’t take long for Tyler Washington to breakout for 30 yards and another 5 for a touchdown that helped the Eagles to a 16-14 lead.

The second quarter remained profitable for PCA, with big plays such as Jung grabbing an interception, followed up by a 70-yard touchdown by Washington to bring the lead to 22-14. TA took the ball down the field to the goal line but was stopped by Eagle defense as time expired for halftime.

The Trojans picked up a touchdown coming out of halftime as PCA was struggling to get things back on track. After finding themselves in a fourth and long situation, PCA went back to punt, but punter Daniel Llopis took off with the football and picked up 20 yards for a touchdown.

Eventually turning over the ball, the Eagles gave up another score to the Trojans on a quarterback rush.

Tallulah began stopping the Eagles run game until Riggs faked a handoff and picked up a first down off a 15-yard run. Riggs eventually hit Washington for a deep pass that set up a eight yard touchdown run by Washington and a two point conversion as PCA took the 30-28 lead.

The Trojans responded with a long touchdown and took back the lead at 36-30. Washington picked up a twenty yard one on PCA’s next drive that put them in good field position. Riggs then hit Rogers for a 24-yard touchdown to tie the game at 36.

Tallulah Academy found themselves in the final quarter in the end zone, again, with less than a minute to play in the game.

On the final drive of the game, Riggs hit Jung on a quick pass and was hit late out of bounds but the Eagles didn’t get a flag called against the Trojans. Riggs broke out on the final play to take the ball inside the five, but was stopped short of a touchdown that ended the Eagles season.

“Our kids truly left it all on the field tonight,” head coach Blake Purvis said. “They did exactly what we asked them to do and played four quarters of solid football and never wavered in the face adversity. I am proud of our team for all that they accomplished this year.”

PCA finished the memorable 6-5 season under Purvis and the senior class reached new heights in their last year as an Eagle.


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