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Patriots’ big plays too much for Bucs

09/21/2012, 11:41pm PDT
By Eric Harding, Special to the U-T

Junior receiver's long touchdown receptions in third quarter turn tide

In a matchup of undefeated teams, Patrick Henry junior Jabril Clewis had two touchdown receptions in the third quarter Friday to lift the Patriots to a 17-14 victory over visiting Mission Bay.

Clewis finished with 155 yards receiving on four receptions and added four carries for 85 yards. His 83-yard TD catch from senior quarterback James McCormick put Patrick Henry (4-0) ahead for good with 2:50 remaining in the third.

“It felt great, but the whole team got us back in the game,” Clewis said. “It took strength and resistance to fight back and keep pushing.”

Junior running back James Phillips led Mission Bay (3-1) with 128 yards rushing on 14 attempts but tripped during a crucial run on fourth and short near midfield late in the third quarter. The Buccaneers never had another good scoring opportunity from that point.

“Our passion wasn’t there,” Phillips said. “We’ve got to erase this game out of our heads.”

Patrick Henry trailed 14-3 in the third when Clewis exploded for a 59-yard touchdown catch and run to pull within 14-10.

Mission Bay took the lead in the first half as Phillips’ 38-yard run around the right side led to Jack Stark’s touchdown run to make it 7-3. Phillips’ 42-yard burst up the middle helped set up Mission Bay’s second TD.

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