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Patriots eye first state title since 2009

Published: Nov. 19, 2020 at 6:49 PM CST
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TROY, Ala. (WTVY) - Could 2020 be the year of the Patriots? The Pike Lib Patriots will play for the AISA AAA state championship this Friday against Glenwood in Montgomery.

Mario White is in his first season as head coach for Pike Lib and has his team just one win away from their first state title since 2009.

The Patriots (9-2) and the Gators (10-0) are no strangers to one another. The two teams met back on October 23 of this season with Glenwood picking up the 26-7 victory.

White says that this Patriot team is not the same one Glenwood faced last month. Since losing to the Gators, Pike Lib has rattled off three straight wins by an average margin of victory of 25 points.

White believes it will take a total team effort in order for the Patriots to bring the title back to Pike County.

“In order to get the win on Friday, first of all we have to stay together and play together and play for that name on the front of our jerseys,” said White. “We also have to leave it all out there on the field. Coaches can’t leave anything behind, boys can’t leave anything behind, the cheerleaders as well as the parents and the fans. If we win the turnover battle and take care of the ball and we play really good special teams, I think we will be in the game in the end.”

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