The Sandy Creek Patriots’ 39-game regular-season winning streak came to an end Thursday night in an interstate matchup with Plant High School from Tampa, Fla.
Their unbeaten streak, though, extended to 40.
The two teams played to a 27-27 tie in a game that was called at 11:30 p.m. with 1:50 left in regulation because of school-nigh curfew rules.
Delvin Weems carried nine times for 181 yards and three touchdowns for Sandy Creek (0-0-1), which ralled from a 12-0 first-half deficit.
It came after an extremely sloppy start for Sandy Creek.
In perhaps the worst quarter they’ve played under Chip Walker, the Patriots gained no first
downs, committed two turnovers, added three penalties for 21 yards, completed no passes and had 7 yards of total offense in the first period.
Plant scored first on a 12-yard pass from Colby Brown to Clarke Miller after a roughing the punter penalty against Sandy Creek wiped out a missed Plant field goal.
Brown and Austin Hudson connected on a 20-yard pass to go up 12-0 at the 5:28 mark in the second period.
The Patriots gained their first first down with 5:24 left in the first half, and four plays later scored on Delvin Weems’ 42-yard run.
On the first play of Plant’s ensuing possession, Sandy Creek’s Brian Miller stepped in front of a Brown pass for an interception at the Plant 45. Miller returned the inteception to the 30, and the Patriots cashed it in for points on Eric Swinney’s 6-yard run with 45 seconds left in the half.
Jordan Reed returned the second-half kickoff 98 yards to give the lead back to Plant.
Weems scored his second touchdown on a 6-yard run, capping a 7-play, 75-yard drive.
A Plant fumble led to Weems’ last touchdown, a 71-yard jaunt on which he stiff-armed three different Plant players.
Brown tossed his third touchdown pass on the last play of the third period, a 4-yard pass to Fletcher Barnes, and Alexander Jackson’s 2-point run knotted the game at 27.
Plant 6 615 0 – 27
Sandy Creek 0 13 14 0 – 27
P – Clarke Miller 12 pass from Colby Brown (kick failed)
P – Austin Hudson 20 pass from Brown (run failed)
SC – Delvin Weems 42 run (Matthew Davenport kick)
SC – Eric Swinney 6 run (kick failed)
P – Jordan Reed 98 kickoff return (Miller kick)
SC – Weems 6 run (Davenport kick)
SC – Weems 71 run (Davenport kick)
P – Fletcher Barnes 4 pass from Brown (Alexander Jackson run)