By Cliff Mehrtens
HUNTERSVILLE – There’s no quit in Community School of Davidson’s football team. While that didn’t make a huge dent in the 47-0 loss to Morganton Patton on Friday, it should help the fledgling Spartans down the road.
Community School of Davidson battled a size disadvantage at most positions, several mistakes at critical times and a handful of injuries that had starters watching from the sideline. The Spartans, a Class 1A team playing their first full varsity season, fell to 1-3. Patton, a 2A team, improved to 4-0.
“We fought hard,” CSD coach T.J. Albert said. “(Patton) is a big school. We wanted to challenge ourselves and see if we could compete. I think we did that.”
It was a rough game for CSD’s offense, which was held to 25 yards rushing and 78 yards passing. Quarterback Garrett Hart was sacked four times. He finished six-of-19 passing for 78 yards and two interceptions. Monquez Moore caught five passes for 66 yards. Joey Bernardini rushed for a team-high 35 yards on five carries.
CSD’s chance at a potential lead early in the game was wiped out by a penalty. After Patton took a 6-0 lead midway through the first quarter, CSD’s Moore returned the ensuing kickoff 91 yards for a touchdown. But a blocking-in-the-pack penalty nullified the score, one of the few things the home crowd had to cheer about.
Patton, grinding yards running mostly between the tackles, built a 19-0 halftime lead.
It didn’t seem to be an insurmountable lead, but Patton sealed the victory with touchdowns on its first three possessions of the third quarter.
CSD had two drives end with interceptions in Patton territory, and too many mistakes at crucial moments – a penalty, shanked punt, blown pass coverage, etc. As the game wore on, Patton’s size and speed wore down CSD.
But, the conference schedule looms and winning the league title is high on CSD’s wish list.
“Last year we played without a senior on our team,” Albert said. “They never quit and overcame a lot of adversity last year. As a group, they’re used to that. This year, thank goodness, we haven’t had anything catastrophic happen to any of the kids, just bumps and bruises. We’ve got to step up and continue to fight.”