November 1, 2009 12:30:00 AM
Danny P Smith -
WEST POINT -- It was worth the wait for Winston Academy football team and Rob Moffitt.
Poor weather postponed the Patriots'' matchup against Oak Hill Academy from Friday night to Saturday afternoon.
When the game was finally played, Moffitt had to wait nearly three quarters before he touched the football.
But Winston Academy coach Wyatt Rogers decided to give Moffitt a carry with 26.9 seconds remaining in the third quarter.
The move decided to be a smart one.
Moffitt took a direct snap out of the Wildcat formation and scored on a 3-yard run that helped Winston Academy clinch a 15-3 victory and the Mississippi Association of Independent Schools AA, District 2 championship.
Moffitt was glad to give his team a lift and an insurance touchdown.
"It works well when we block it," Moffitt said. "When (Rogers) calls that play, you''ve just got to be ready to get it done. It gave the defense momentum we could go out, get another stop, and gave the offense more points on the board."
Rogers runs the single-wing package with Moffitt in short-yardage situations.
"I think a lot of people are going back to that," Rogers said. "Our''s is more of a true single-wing. Our starting quarterback was running the ball really well (prior to Moffitt''s touchdown)."
After an interception by Cameron Paschal put Winston Academy (6-4, 3-0 district) in business at the Raiders'' 34-yard line, quarterback Tyler Sullivan rushed four times in a row for 22 yards to set up Moffitt''s touchdown.
Sullivan doesn''t consider himself fleet of foot, so he knew bringing in Moffitt would provide a nice change of pace after he softened up the defense.
"I don''t have any moves and I''m not fast," Sullivan said. "In (muddy) conditions like this, that''s what we turned to and it was working. It''s hard to stop us when we go to the power offense."
Oak Hill coach Leroy Gregg said the conditions caused his defense to become tired late in the third quarter and the Patriots snuck Moffitt into the game at a good time.
"They are good at that and we''ve seen it on film," Gregg said. "We were worried about that in the game, but our defense became tired and our offense didn''t keep them off the field enough."
Winston Academy scored on the second play from scrimmage on Zach Taylor''s 52-yard run. Taylor rushed for 71 yards on 15 carries.
The Raiders got on the scoreboard with a 26-yard field goal from Reid Posey with 7 minutes, 21 seconds left in the second quarter, but they didn''t score again.
Rogers was proud of the defensive effort, but hopes the Patriots get back to running and throwing effectively on offense when they play host the first round of the playoffs.
"It meant a lot for our guys to get home-field advantage in the playoffs after some earlier losses we had," Rogers said.
Oak Hill Academy (3-8, 2-1) will travel to the Lamar School for playoff action, which Gregg calls "a big step for our program."