The Pisgah football team held Midfield’s explosive offense in check for two quarters.
But the Patriots broke lose in the second half, and that proved costly for Pisgah.
Midfield scored four second-half touchdowns and fended off the visiting Eagles for a 32-14 Class 3A first-round playoff victory Friday night at Winfred E. Jackson Stadium in Birmingham.
“I thought we competed hard and had several opportunities in the first half to make some big plays,” said first-year Pisgah head coach Luke Pruitt. “We controlled the ball for the most part, but dropped three interceptions and had a couple of costly penalties. Hats off to Midfield for making some second-half adjustments and getting some explosive plays.”
Midfield, the No. 2 seed from Region 5, led 6-0 at halftime before adding two scores in the third quarter to move in front 18-0. Pisgah, the No. 3 seed from Region 7, got on the board with a touchdown run from Cameron Free late in the third quarter, but Midfield pushed its lead to 32-6 in the fourth.
The Eagles closed the scoring with Wyatt Whisenant’s touchdown pass to Austin Brunk and Nick Feltman’s two-point conversion.
Midfield (9-1) advanced to play at No. 7 Westminster Christian in the second round.
Meanwhile, Pisgah finished its season at 4-7 while making its first playoff appearance since 2014, an accomplishment Pruitt called a building block for the program.
“I’m proud of the way these seniors competed all year. It is a big accomplishment to get back in the playoffs. They’ve set a good foundation for us to build on.”