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Patriots move on to Class 5A semifinals

BY TOMMY PRIDDY POST-INTELLIGENCER​ ​ ​

A strong rushing attack and an equally stout defensive unit pushed the Henry County High School football team to a 42-20 triumph over Kirby Friday night in Memphis.

The Patriots ran for 348 yards with junior Jayln Foster carrying the ball for 222 yards and a touchdown. It was his second 200-yard performance in the three weeks of playoff competition.

Sophomore Jermarcus Johnson saw considerable action in the Patriots' backfield in the second half and ran for 124 yards with two touchdowns. Joseph Travis also ran for a touchdown.

The Patriots' senior passing connection of quarterback Will Parrish and Ethan Thompson hooked up on a 64-yard scoring toss.

Defensively, the Patriots limited the Cougars to just 211 yards despite Kirby running 52 offensive plays!

Henry County will play host to Beech High School of Hendersonville in the semifinals set for 7 p.m. Friday at Patriot Stadium. Beech got by Hillsboro 20-19 in the quarterfinals.

Look for more details and photographs of the Patriots' big playoff win in Memphis in Monday's Post-Intelligencer.