Pirate Athletics & Activities
Phoenix High School
Boys Varsity Football
Game Summaries & Headlines.
- Game Date
- Sep 22, 2023
- PIRATE: 24
DOUGLAS HIGH SCHOOL: 28
Douglas 28, Phoenix 24: The visiting Pirates continue to knock on the door of a Far West League victory, dropping their second four-point game in the past two weeks.
Senior Bryson Baird ran for four touchdowns, including the game-winner with 2:13 to play to propel Douglas to a homecoming victory.
Phoenix got a big game from Tobias Akpan. The junior hauled in eight receptions for 138 yards, including a pair of touchdowns from classmate Payton Turner. Akpan made a leaping 38-yard catch on a fourth-down play, taking the ball away from a Douglas defender to keep a drive alive before catching a 10-yard scoring pass from Turner on another fourth down to tie the game at 22. Jackson Shilts added a two-point conversion off a direct snap to put Phoenix ahead 24-22 with 3:57 left to play.
Douglas countered with its final scoring drive, converting a long third down before Baird capped off a 60-yard drive with a two-yard dive for a score. The senior opened the night's scoring with an 83-yard scamper and added two more touchdown runs before the game-winner.
Phoenix moved the ball throughout the game but struggled to score in the first half. The Pirates had the ball in the red zone four times but managed only one touchdown when Kody Martin scored from three yards out in the second quarter to put Phoenix on the board. The Pirates trailed 14-8 at the half before taking a brief 16-14 edge in the third quarter when Akpan tipped a Turner pass to himself for a 13-yard touchdown.
Turner hit 10 of 23 passes for 158 yards in the game. Martin led Phoenix in rushing with 65 yards on 18 carries while Akpan led the defensive effort with three sacks.
Phoenix (0-4) returns to action Friday at Brookings.
D - Bryson Baird 83-yard run. Maxim kick
D - Baird 8-yard run, Maxim kick
P - Kody Martin 3-yard run. Jimenez 2-point run
P - Akpan 13-yard pass from Turner. Shilts 2-point run
D - Biard 15-yard run. Stiles 2-point pass from Robbins
P - Akpan 10-yard pass from Turner. Shilts 2-point run
D - Baird 5-yard run, 2-point NG
P 0 8 8 8 - 24
D 7 7 8 6 - 28