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Patriots atone for last year’s defeat


The American Christian Academy offense lines up to run a play Friday night in their Class 2A quarterfinal victory. (Photo by Brooke Marshall)


 

LEROY | Austin Grammer ran for 139 yards on 16 carries and hit 13 of 18 passes for 120 yards and touchdown to lead No. 4 American Christian Academy to a resounding 28-3 victory over defending 2A state champion Leroy on Friday night in the quarterfinals at Palmer Stadium.

The Patriots (12-1) avenged last year’s 34-16 semifinal loss to the Bears in which Grammer was sacked seven times. On Friday night, he stayed upright and tossed an 18-yard touchdown pass to Parker Barrineau.

“They kept us from the state title last season, so we were prepared tonight and definitely motivated,” said Grammer, who has committed to Houston.

“My line gave me all the protection I needed tonight, which enabled us to move the ball so well.”

ACA rolled up 408 yards of total offense. John Davis rushed for 125 yards on 21 carries, including TD runs of 1 yard and 4 yards. Kyle Sappington added a 2-yard scoring run.

Leroy (8-5) trailed 14-3 at the half after John Chastain booted a 27-yard field goal. The Bears managed only 43 total yards in the second half, including just 2 on the ground.

“They just beat us,” said Leroy quarterback William Gartman. “That was the most physical team that I’ve ever faced.

Gartman was 8 of 18 passing for 114 yards.

“Anytime you can hold Leroy to just three points, especially at home, you are doing something,” Patriots coach John Causey said.