Pinecrest committed five turnovers and allowed a long pass play that gave visiting No. 11 seed Reagan all the confidence it needed to pull off a 26-9 upset in the first round of the state 4A West Region football playoffs Friday in Southern Pines.
Raider quarterback and Columbia signee Gabriel Hollingsworth lived up to his billing throwing two touchdowns and running for two more. His 75-yard second quarter pass to Bryson Canty shifted the game's momentum after Pinecrest had built a 9-0 lead.
Following a Patriot interception, Hollingsworth found Shavon Revel open for a 17-yard touchdown and a 13-9 Raider lead at recess. He completed 7 of 15 passes for 122 yards and one interception.
Hollingsworth had a 12-yard touchdown run the third frame and a 10-yard insurance score late in the fourth to secure the win.
Pinecrest quarterback Ben Garbark connected with Clint McNeill for a 39-yard touchdown midway through the second quarter for the Patriots only visit to the endzone. Garbark was 3-for-8 passing for 50 yards and three interceptions. He also had 10 carries for 105 yards.
Savion Kizer led all rushers with 110 yards on 23 carries. The No. 6 seed Patriots had 361 yards of total offense to 261 for the Raiders (9-3).
Patriot kicker Jeff Yurk had a 23-yard field goal in the first quarter, but he missed his only PAT.
Pinecrest finishes the season 9-3 overall with an impressive 5-2 second place finish in Sandhills Athletic Conference play. The Patriots are now 0-2 all time against Reagan.
What could be the biggest takeaway of the 2019 season is that Pinecrest allowed seven second-half touchdowns 12 games. The defense gave up 113.5 yards per game on the ground and 113 in the air, and the it returned three fumbles for touchdowns
Offensively, the Patriots outscored their opponents 373 to 194. Pinecrest finished with 3,003 rushing yards and 1,260 passing yards.
The Patriots we flagged 116 times for 1,245 yards versus 95 for 797 for opponents.