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The Suburbanite
  • Pratt goes deep for Zips in first win of season

  • As a freshman, Andrew Pratt had his biggest game against the lone Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team – Morgan State – on the Akron Zips' schedule. Nearly one year to the date, the Green High School alumnus broke through for another big game against FCS foe James Madison and, in the process, twice set the mark for the longest offensive play of the year for the Zips.

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  • As a freshman, Andrew Pratt had his biggest game against the lone Football Championship Subdivision (FCS) team – Morgan State – on the Akron Zips' schedule.
    Nearly one year to the date, the Green High School alumnus broke through for another big game against FCS foe James Madison and, in the process, twice set the mark for the longest offensive play of the year for the Zips. Pratt's first big play came on a "go" route down the right sideline in the second quarter, when junior quarterback Nick Hirschman found the 6-foot-4 receiver behind the defense for a 43-yard gain.
    Hirschman, who entered the game to replace injured started Kyle Pohl, later finished the drive with a touchdown run for Akron's first score of the day. One quarter later, Pratt broke his own mark for longest play of the season on an odd sequence of events that gave Akron the lead after the Dukes went ahead with a long field goal.
    The James Madison defense jumped offsides prior to the snap and most of the line for both teams stopped playing, believing the play was dead because of a penalty. Pratt and Hirschman, knowing the play was still live, kept going and connected for a  68-yard TD strike down the left sideline. On that play, Pratt made a nice adjustment on the ball in the air and outrun two defensive backs to the end zone.
    "(Hirschman) made a heads-up throw where the defense was offsides and he threw a deep ball just to make sure we keep them honest,” head coach Terry Bowden sai.  “And, he throws a perfect pass and (Pratt) catches it and runs for a touchdown.”
    Pratt's heroics (3 receptions for 118 yards) helped the Zips to their first win of the season and set a new career high for Pratt in receiving yards while tying his career high for receptions in a game. It was the first 100-yard receiving game of Pratt's college career.
    Additionally, Pratt and Hirschman's aerial show helped clinch Akron's second win under Bowden and its first in a close contest, a fact not lost on the head coach.
    "It's the first game since I've been at Akron where we got in a close game," Bowden said, “and were able to fight hard and win the game.
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