By Jaime Estarellas | Special Correspondent
APA looks to “three-peat” in its fourth consecutive state title football game.
Gametime is 6:00pm Saturday at APA.
Student section WHITE OUT!
We all know that the football season is about to end, and that means no more Friday night football until 2018!
However, one LAST game remains: Saturday night’s NCISAA 2A state championship game at Parrott versus Rocky Mount Academy.
RMA enters the game at 11-0 and is the No. 1 seed.
APA ranks No. 2 and boasts a record of 9-1.
RMA defeated APA earlier in the season at Rocky Mount, 39-36.
The Patriots won their semifinal matchup versus St. David’s School, 54-40.
In the playoffs against SDS, the Patriot seniors put on an incredible show, with Connor Bright, Christian Jones, and AJ Banker accounting for five of the scores.
Junior Shy Thompson scored 2 TDs vs. SDS, as well.
St. David’s proved to be a formidable foe, taking the lead in the first half before APA fought back to dominate the second half.
BAD NEWS ALERT! Parrott’s best defensive player, Holden Killinger, who has made nearly 15 tackles per game this season, broke his right leg.
Killinger’s injury knocks him out of the championship game.
Without Killinger, Coach Matt Beaman’s defense will have to rely more on seniors Zach Sylvia, Alex Urban, and Banker; juniors Gabe Braswell and Zach Vendemia, and sophomore Zach Vendemia.
Sylvia wound up leading the team in total tackles in the semifinals, registering seven solo tackles and eight assists.
Meanwhile, APA junior Matthew Huntley leads the Patriots in INTs with six.
On Saturday, APA tries for its third ring in a row, taking on Rocky Mount Academy, which defeated Faith CS in the semifinal Friday, 35-16.
ONSIDE KICKS: Patriot fans are promising a WHITE OUT for the contest . . . Due to their No. 1 ranking, RMA is the official home team and Eagle fans will sit on the home bleachers . . . The NCISAA 1A title game between Halifax and Northeast/Hobgood will kick off at 1:00pm at APA Saturday . . . APA knocked SDS out of the playoffs for the third consecutive year . . . Follow the game at Twitter (@ppost2017) for updates during the title contenst . . . Reminder that all adult fans must pay the $10 admittance fee to the games and students pay $5 (no passes).