HAMLER — Patrick Henry senior wide receiver Kolton Holloway had one thing going through his mind during his 83-yard catch and run touchdown in the third quarter of the Patriots’ 48-20 win over Wayne Trace Friday night; don’t get caught.
Holloway rarely did, playing to the tune of six receptions for 189 yards and three touchdowns.
“Me and (quarterback) TJ Rhamy have a little joke going on the sideline where we tell each other not to get caught when you’re running away from the defense,” Holloway said. “He actually had a play where he did get caught, so I was just hoping I could get there and I did.”
Holloway caught the first two scores of the game, a seven-yard catch in the back corner on fourth-and-goal and the 83-yard strike, the latter of which put the Patriots up 13-0 with 2:51 remaining in the first quarter.
Patrick Henry’s third score of the game came with 3:51 remaining in the first half when Rhamy hit a wide-open Hunter Diem, who bobbled the ball at the goal line but pulled in the catch, to put PH up 19-0 on the visiting Raiders.
“One of our goals tonight was to open up the passing attack,” Patrick Henry coach Bill Inselmann said. “Our last scrimmage and in week one, teams started loading the box on us, and we expected them (Wayne Trace) to, and they did. It gives us confidence to know we can throw the ball.”
Rhamy finished 8 of 12 passing for 228 yards and three touchdowns in the first half, going 9 of 18 for 265 yards and four scores in the contest. The senior also rushed 13 times for 117 yards, with 99 of those yards coming after halftime.
“I was not very happy with our rushing consistency in the first half,” Inselmann said. “We have horses in the backfield, but if they don’t have the holes to run, they’re not going anywhere. I think we were better at that in the second half than in the first.”
Senior back Wil Morrow finished with one touchdown and 48 yards across eight touches in the first half. Morrow carried the ball five times in the second half for one touchdown and 105 yards to give him 153 for the contest.
Morrow scored PH’s final touchdown, a 58-yard run off left tackle that put the Patriots up 48-20 with 8:01 remaining.
With Patrick Henry leading 27-0 in the third quarter, Nate Gerber, replacing starting quarterback Trevor Speice, found Gabe Sutton for a 28-yard touchdown to put Wayne Trace on the board at the 4:40 mark.
Rhamy hit Holloway for a 37-yard touchdown on the ensuing drive to pad the PH lead to 34-6 before Gerber hit Alex Reinhart for a 75-yard touchdown to make it 34-14 after the two-point conversion with 3:19 left in the frame.
Cade DeLong scored for the Patriots from five yards out with exactly 10 minutes left in the game to push the lead to 41-14 before Gerber hit Speice for 53 yards and a score. The Raiders missed the two-point conversion and Patrick Henry’s lead was trimmed to 41-20.
Morrow’s second touchdown iced the win for the Patriots.
Speice went 10 of 15 passing in the first half for 144 and one interception, a picked-off lob at the halftime buzzer by Holloway. Speice finished the game 14 of 22 for 186 yards and one interception.
Gerber took over in the third, going 12 of 20 for 290 yards and two touchdowns.
“I don’t know if I’ve seen a group of receivers on offense, after a play extends, do a better job of breaking the patterns off and getting back to the quarterback, who puts the ball on the money,” Inselmann said of Wayne Trace’s passing attack. “I want to commend them on that. That’s as good as I’ve seen at that in a long time.”
Holloway said he hopes his team can keep up the momentum its built up over the first two weeks of the season.
“When we have momentum, we want to get back to practice and we want to get that next win,” Holloway said. “It’s exciting to get back to practice when we play like this. I’d like to see us lock in a little more defensively and in the secondary, but we’re happy with our performance tonight and we hope we can keep it going.”
Patrick Henry (2-0) hosts Columbus Grove Friday at 7 p.m. in the Patriots’ final non-league game, while Wayne Trace (1-1) hosts Crestview Friday night at 7.