The DAR Patriot football team concluded spring football practice with a three-team jamboree at New Hope High School last Friday.
The Patriots played New Hope two quarters and then played Woodville two quarters. DAR is coming off a record breaking season in which it reached the second round of the state playoffs for the first time in school history. The Patriots are looking to replace several seniors lost to graduation.
Quarterback Justin Stubblefield will lead the offense after backing up All-State quarterback Will Bailey the last three seasons. In the first two quarters against the New Hope Indians last Friday, Stubblefield completed 8 of 10 passes for 189 yards and two touchdowns to lead DAR to a 21-0 win.
The Patriots got on the board with 2:36 left in the opening quarter on a 16-yard touchdown pass from Stubblefield to TJ Leonard. The same two players teamed up for a 24-yard touchdown pass and catch with 9:36 left in the 2nd quarter.
The final score of the scrimmage against New Hope came on a 1-yard touchdown run by Brady Largen with 3:56 remaining on the clock.
The two quarters against the Woodville Panthers didn't go so well for the Patriots. DAR turned the ball over three times, two of which Woodville turned into touchdowns as the Panthers defeated DAR 28-15.
Woodville's dynamic running back, Da'Vion Johnson, scored on touchdown runs of 23 and 26 yards.
Panther quarterback Jackson Peek scored on a 9-yard run and also returned an interception 25 yards for a score on the defensive side of the ball.
The Patriots' two touchdowns came on a 6-yard touchdown run by Largen and a 25-yard touchdown pass from Cameron Lindsay to Landen Harbin.