Mount Pisgah 28, Mount Paran 24

Aaron Winchester threw two touchdown passes to Ben Miller in the final five minutes, including the game-winning 18-yarder with 28.9 seconds remaining, as Mount Pisgah Christian rallied from a 24-14 deficit to defeat Mount Paran Christian and clinch the Region 6-A Division B championship on Friday.

The Patriots drove 57 yards in just more than a minute after taking the ball over on downs at their 43-yard line with 1:30 to play. Winchester completed four of five passes for 50 yards and rushed twice for seven yards on the game-winning drive.

Mount Pisgah (8-0, 4-0) hosts Fellowship Christian week and then will face the fourth-place team from subregion A in a crossover game. Ninth-ranked Mount Paran (6-2, 3-1) falls into second place in the subregion. The Eagles face defending subregion champion Walker next week before concluding the regular season with a crossover game. Unlike in the higher classifications, however, Class A crossover games don’t determine state playoff berths. Class A uses a power ranking system to set its playoff fields for the private and public schools.

Mount Pisgah got a big break midway through the fourth quarter, when it had the ball fourth-and-1 4 at the Mount Paran 23. The Patriots were going to go for the first down, but Mount Paran jumped offside and the Patriots decided to kick a field goal once they got it a little closer to the end zone. However, two more offsides penalties on Mount Paran moved the ball to the 8 and gave Mount Pisgah a first down. From there, Winchester threw a touchdown pass to Miller to cut the lead to 24-21 with 4:41 to play.

Winchester finished the game 21-for-40 passing for 278 yards and four touchdowns and carried 16 times for 60 yards, but Mount Pisgah never led until the final minute.

That’s because Mount Paran controlled the game early with a running game led by Dorian Walker and Emoni Williams. Walker scored on a 2-yard run in the first quarter and a 40-yarder in the third and finished with 170 yards on 28 carries. Williams had 109 yards on eight carries, and his 72-yard run in the fourth quarter gave the Eagles a 24-14 lead.

But the Eagles couldn’t put Mount Pisgah away. Mount Paran hurt itself with two first-half turnovers and had a short field goal blocked in the first quarter.

Mount Pisgah – 0-7-7-14 – 28

Mount Paran – 7-3-7-7 – 24

Pa – Dorian Walker 2 run (Dallas Kepler kick)

Pa – Kepler 37 field goal

Pi – Oz Dixon 10 pass from Aaron Winchester (Chase Clark kick)

Pa –Walker 40 run (Kepler kick)

Pi – Browning Dunn 49 pass from Winchester (Clark kick)

Pa – Emoni Williams 72 run (Kepler kick)

Pi – Ben Miller 8 pass from Winchester (Clark kick)

Pi – Miller 18 pass from Winchester (Clark kick)

12 comments Add your comment


October 25th, 2013
10:54 pm

Tough game for the eagles. Beat pisgah all night but in the end, eagles were the ones on the losing end. What’s up with the one or two dads from pisgah trying to stir up trouble on the field after the game. It almost turned bad – great sportsmanship pisgah. Paran was in charge all night. Shot ourselves in the foot with dumb penalties and also had some terrible calls. I’ve got sour grapes but will get over it.

E Picc

October 25th, 2013
11:32 pm

TRT it was a great game. As far as the 1 or 2 dads stirring up trouble, I don’t see how that could have been possible since the entire Patriot team and families immediately went to their respective end zone after the game and dual team prayer. As far as the officiating it was horrific for both teams. Sir you do have sour grapes and next year schedule someone you can beat on homecoming. Best of luck to Mt. Paran the remainder of the season.

Tiger PatPaw

October 26th, 2013
12:00 am

Congratulations Pats.

Unfortunately, with the sub-region cross-over play-in format, the final power rating may determine the Region 6 champion for the state play-off seeding.

Tiger PatPaw

October 26th, 2013
12:03 am

Congratulations Pats.

Unfortunately, with the sub-region cross-over play-in format, the final power rating may determine the Region 6 champion for the state play-off seeding.

Anyone like to see the region champ determined on the field?

MY DREAM SCENARIO: Patriots and Tigers win out, earning 1 and 5 or 2 and 6 seeds and play DEC-6/7 for an on-field region championship and a Dome birth.

Tiger PatPaw

October 26th, 2013
12:06 am

OOPS, sorry ’bout the double entry.

Picc Man

October 26th, 2013
6:39 am

Thx for the kind words PatPaw. Unfortunately you are correct and the Region 6 championship will be determined by the power rating system. It would be nice to see the Patriots and Tigers play in 2 weeks for the region championship prior to the playoffs. However, I don’t think it can happen unless the coaches agree to it and if I were the Darlington coach I would not do it, nothing to gain and a lot to lose. Good luck next week against OLM and the rest of the way.

Picc Man

Max Sizemore

October 26th, 2013
7:54 am

Seeding for the state playoffs will be determined by the power ratings, not the region champions.

Luke Patterson

October 26th, 2013
8:23 am

It just took a spark to ignite the Patriots and they showed ultimately what type of team and coaching they have. Long counts and off-sides can be as effective in moving the ball as up the gut!


October 26th, 2013
8:55 am

Unbelievable that someone from Mt Paran has the nerve to call out others on sportsmanship. Mt Paran has shown time and again that they lack class. Coaches and players from Mt Paran harass players on other teams and cheer when someone from another team gets hurt. Mt Paran parents and administrators storm the field of another team by moving barricades out of the way. So typical that they lose and then give no credit to the other team. No surpirse at all that Mt Paran lost because of penalties. Been happening there for years.

Picc Man

October 26th, 2013
12:00 pm

Thank you PCK, I am not going to bash Mt. Paran because their fans and players were fine last night. However, for that gentleman to post to the blog at 10:54 (probably still in the parking lot) is truly sour grapes.

Secondly Mr. Sizemore you are both correct and incorrect. The 4 region winners will get the top 4 seeds regardless of power ratings, everyone else will then fall into place based upon power points.

Have a great day guys and GOD bless.

Picc Man


October 27th, 2013
4:24 pm

@PKC as always just embarrassing yourself please just move on. Congrats Pisgah, well coached quality team QB is awesome.


October 29th, 2013
11:39 am

After reading the above comments I will share my perspective. TRT may have been in the parking lot :-) and was clearly frustrated. A tough loss for Mt Paran. It was true that 2 overly zealous fans/dads were taunting by screaming at the crowd of disappointed fans going on to the field for a prayer of both teams. I was glad to see these teams come together after a hard fought game. Not sure why their parents went to the end zone immediately? No one that was disappointed in the loss was upset with their fans or player/coaches. These 2 dads were likely just super happy about their win in the last 30-40 seconds but it did seem a little over the top and “in your face” at the time but understanding now they were just happy for their team.

After leading the entire game Mt Paran had several chances to put it away but did not. At 17-7 a block on a punt return was called on Paran as a “block in the back” (but no one but that official in the stadium or on film will see that as a penalty). That moved Mt Paran from the red zone 20 with a 1st down back to their own 30 (a 50 yard change of field position). Then a few plays later fumbled and Mt Pisgah later scored and flipped a potential score by Mt Paran from 24-7 to 17-14. That is football. In the end Mt Paran did not make a critical first down and turned the ball over. Then on a Mt Pisgah 4th and 23 made 3 defensive penalties that gave Pisgah a first down without running a play. While I’ve never seen that happen Pisgah took advantage of the undisciplined defense and made them pay. Over all a tough fought game on both sides and Pisgah prevailed on Friday night. I think the Pisgah QB and receiver #23 is the best I have seen in single A football this year. Congrats to their squad and coaches.

As for Mr. PotCallingKettle, I have NEVER seen “Coaches and players from Mt Paran harass players on other teams AND CHEER when someone of another team gets hurt”. That is irresponsible, negligent and ludicrous for you to allege. You sir are committing malpractice and could not make your allegations stick in any court of opinion or even in your court of “sour grapes”. You have a personal bone to pick because your son is not starting on either of these winning teams. Why did you come to this blog again since you are not at either school? Nice “punt” though PCK 

Congrats again to Mt Pisgah you are worthy of your record.