Pillow Academy continued its mastery of archrival Washington School with relative ease.
The Mustangs kept the upper hand in this rivalry by notching their fifth straight win in the series.
PA led 34-0 at the half and wound up walking away with a 41-7 decision over the Generals at Bill Davis Field. The Mustangs move to 4-0 overall, 1-0 in District 1-5A, while Washington slips to 2-2, 1-1.
“We played fast on both sides of the ball, and we saw a lot of good things from some young guys who got to play,” PA coach Tripp McCarty said. “We’ve still got a lot of work to do, but I like where we are at this point in the season.
“The big thing with this team is they love the game, and they love to hit. It’s all about having the right mentality this year.”
After dominating the first half, the Mustangs came out in the second half with somewhat of a lackluster performance on offense. They turned the ball over three times in the final two quarters on turnovers and twice on downs. PA’s lone touchdown after the half came on a 56-yard scamper from Eli Simmons, who finished with 113 yards on 14 carries.
The Mustang defense pitched a first-half shutout to extend its scoreless streak to 12 consecutive quarters. That ended in the third after the Generals got the ball on the PA 18-yard line off a turnover.
Senior linebacker Sam Harris led the defensive charge with nine tackles, including 11/2 sacks. Jackson Hodges was next with seven.
Junior linebacker Lawes McCool had an interception and three tackles. Senior cornerback Wilson Hagan also had a pick and recorded four tackles.
Building off the momentum from last week’s three-TD performance, senior Jack Reichle had two receiving scores and one rushing — a 1-yard plunge in the first quarter. He caught touchdown passes of 19 and 10 yards from fellow senior Shane Houston Stephens. Stephens finished 16-of-22 passing for three TDs and added 39 rushing yards on 10 attempts.
Senior Jaden Simcox had five catches for 63 yards, and Hagan Wilson added 65 yards on four receptions. Reichle led all receivers with 71 yards on five catches.
Pillow, 4-0 for the first time since 2014, should be able to keep its perfect pace intact next week with struggling Kirk Academy in town. The Raiders are winless after Friday’s xx-xx loss to Marshsall and has been outscored xxx in the first four contests.
A victory over Kirk would match the Mustangs’ best start in McCarty’s xxx years at the helm of the program. PA went 5-0 in 2014 before losing 22-3 to Jackson Academy.
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