Patriots 1-1 going into Friday’s road game at the Royals
It was about as close as you could get.
Look at the stats from last week’s 22-6 Oklahoma City Patriots win over Blackwell and you’d see a breakdown of offensive plays – 25 passes and 23 runs.
The balanced offensive attack did its job and boosts OKC into Friday night’s road trip to Community Christian in Norman.
Quarterback Melvin Pennel showed a deft touch, going for 235 yards on 18-of-24 passes, including three touchdowns. The rushing game was a head-turner as well, as it got balanced in its way.
The running game hit more than 100 yards, with Dylan Mahoney sharing carries with Noah Raymond, with seven and eight runs apiece.
The two seniors are a study in contrasts and that’s the way coach Chris Toney likes it.
“They both have a strength the other doesn’t have,” Toney said. Mahoney is quick and can dodge tacklers in the open field, while Raymond is more of a power back. “It’s a nice one-two punch. Any time you can have a kid that’s able to run over somebody in a one-on-one situation and get short-yardage, that’s a good situation for us. And we also have a young man (Mahoney) who the good Lord has blessed with tremendous speed.”
Defensive stand, balanced offense lifts OKC
The Oklahoma City Patriots showed the promise of the 2021 season with a decisive 22-6 win over Blackwell on Friday night.
It was the home opener for the Patriots, who played in front of a full house of fans who filled up the new stands in Oklahoma City.
It was quite a show for the capacity crowd who were rooting on the Patriots, ranked No. 13 in the nation. A balanced offensive attack and a clutch defensive stand put the game away for OKC.
After a pair of touchdown passes by Marvin Pennel for OKC, the Patriots led 15-6 in the third quarter. A solid drive by the team stalled and then penalties and sacks put the Patriots back inside their own 20.
A huge 80-yard punt by Qorban Darkis forced Blackwell to start on their own 4.
And that’s when the Patriots defense snuffed out any Maroon momentum. Blackwell’s quarterback was sacked twice by Quinn Soukup. Another solid stop by Bodey Ihrig forced Blackwell to punt. The Patriots got the ball back with 6:37 left in the game at the Blackwell 38.
The Patriots slammed the door when Pennel found his favorite target again as Noah Marley found the end zone to make it 22-6.
“We really challenged the boys at halftime to come out and play like we did last year against DASCHE,” Patriots coach Chris Toney said. “They really answered the bell on both sides of the ball.
“We are really thankful that they made that stand in the third quarter. They stood strong and did what they needed to do.”
Marley and Elijah Gray both caught TD passes in the first half as part of an impressive passing attack. The Patriots running game kept Blackwell on their heels most of the night. The combo of Dylan Mahoney’s speed and elusiveness and the power running of Noah Raymond helped OKC dominate the run game.
Pennel finished with 235 passing yards on 18-for-24 passing. Marley finished with 93 receiving yards to go wiht his two TD catches. Gray had 69 yards receiving.
Raymond finished with 18 yards receiving and 24 yards rushing. Mahoney lead the saints with 60 rushing yards.
On defense, Soukup led the way with four sacks
The victory erased the memories of the opening week loss by the Patriots to Nike Dallas. Blackwell was a playoff game in Oklahoma’s Class 2A last season when they also beat the Patriots.
The win launches Oklahoma City into next week’s road game against Community Christian School at 7 p.m. Friday in Norman.
The Oklahoma City Patriots host Blackwell at 7 p.m. Friday in its first home game. The game will give fans their first look at a renovated home stadium.
The Patriots (0-1) dropped their season opener last week, losing 49-0 to Nike Dallas.
To fire up the Patriots Nation, there will be at Pep Rally on Thursday night. The event will kick off around 8 p.m. and introduce the midhigh and high school football teams, along with the cheerleaders, and band members.
The midhigh team kicks off its season Tuesday at Blackwell at 6 p.m.
The Oklahoma City Patriots begin their 2021 campaign today with a road game at Nike Dallas at 7:30 p.m. Saturday
The game was originally scheduled for Saturday.
The Patriots enter the season ranked No. 10 in the country by the National Homeschool Football Association. Nike Dallas is ranked No. 2.
“They are fast and have good size,” Patriots coach Chris Toney said of Nike Dallas.
Two Nike Dallas players were named this week to the Top 200 private school players in Texas. Quarterback Cam Mitton is a 6-3 quarterback who made the list, along with offensive lineman Rayce Thompson.
The Patriots are coming off winning the Division III title last year at national. The squad has experience in seniors Elijah Gray,
Deangelo Coberley, Jonathan Marcott, Patrick Cuellar Jr, Charlie Wallace, Noah Jordan Dawson, Noah Raymond, Hector Morales, Marvin Pennel, Bodey Ihrig, Noah Marley, Qorban Darkis.
The season opener for the High School Patriots has changed date. The game against Nike Dallas Football Club has been moved from Friday, August 27 to Saturday, August 28.
Kickoff will be at 7:30 p..m. The game will be played at Prestonwood Christian Academy’s Lion Stadium, 6801 W Park Blvd., Plano, Texas .
The Mid-High game against Nike Dallas on August 27 has been canceled! We are working to add more games to the Mid-High schedule.
The 2021 preseason has kicked off for the Oklahoma City Patriots. To prep for the year, the team will hold two scrimmages this week, both of them at 5:30 p.m. at Casady School. One was held on Tuesday, the other is Friday night.
The Patriots are looking to build off of last year’s success, with a solid team returning from the 2020 season.
The regular season gets underway on August 27 with a road game against Nike Dallas in Plano, Texas.
The Patriots return home to their newly renovated stadium with a home tilt against Blackwell at 7 p.m., Friday, Sept. 3.