Shea Patterson ran for two touchdowns and threw three touchdown passes, two of them to Drake Davis, to lead No. 7 IMG Academy (Bradenton, Fla.) to a 50-16 defeat of Eastern Christian Academy (Elkton, Md.) on Friday. IMG led only 14-8 at the half but scored 28 unanswered points to put the game away.
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Patterson’s first rushing touchdown came in early in the third quarter, putting the Ascenders up 21-8. He also scored on a short run in the fourth quarter. Patterson, an Ole Miss commit, has thrown 18 touchdown passes this season while playing in parts of only nine games.
Patterson’s first touchdown pass to Davis was a 45-yarder, the second a 3-yarder. Ascenders running back Tony Jones, a Notre Dame commit, also scored on runs of 25 and 30 yards.
Penalties and extra-curricular activities hurt both teams. After the second touchdown reception by Davis, IMG running back Jordan Anthony and an ECA player were thrown out of the game. Two touchdowns by IMG were called back because of penalties. The game was initially scheduled for Dover, Del., but was moved to Bradenton because of venue difficulties.
It was the Ascenders’ final regular-season game as their final game next week vs. Triple A Academy (Dallas) will be a forfeit win. They do not play for a state title, but IMG (8-0) has a chance to get in a season-ending bowl game on ESPNU on Aug. 18.
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