Pinecrest used its final non-conference football game Friday to fine tune its offense, flex its defense and give players some time for nagging injuries to heal.
The Patriot defense shined in a 45-0 running-clock shutout win over visiting Word of God Christian Academy (1-4). The Holy Rams were limited to 39 yards of total offense in the game on 40 plays.
Defensively, Pinecrest pitched its third shutout of the year. On the other hand, the Patriot offense rolled up 371 yards of total offense.
Patriot quarterback Nik Pry passed for one score and ran for another to lead the offense. The junior completed 7 of 16 passes for 94 yards, 1 interception and a 6-yard pass to Matt Lewis in the first quarter. Pry also carried the ball 5 times for 35 yards and a 16-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
Malyke Justice had 3 carries for 73 yards and touchdown runs of 55 and 8 yards. Jonquelle Williams had a 4-yard touchdown run and Zaythan Hill had a 1-yard rushing score.
Back-up quarterback Greg Van Steen directed the Patriot offense for the majority of the second half.
The Pinecrest special teams were also on point with a 23-yard field goal and 6-of-6 PATs from kicker Zach Martinez. The Patriots also pinned the Holy Rams inside their on 1 on a punt.
Pinecrest enters its open week 6-0, the fourth time in the last 4 years the Patriots have played an undefeated non-conference schedule. The Patriots open Southeastern 4A Conference play at home Oct. 7 against Lumberton.