HAMLER - Tobey Hernandez reached the end zone five times to lead the Patriots to a 50-6 win over Evergreen Friday at Big Red Stadium.

HAMLER - Tobey Hernandez reached the end zone five times to lead the Patriots to a 50-6 win over Evergreen Friday at Big Red Stadium.

Hernandez carried the ball 20 times for 174 yards, while quarterback Derek Kolpien was 15 of 21 for 265 yards.

“We have had excellent balance on offense for several games,” Patrick Henry coach Bill Inselmann said. “I thought my quarterback put the ball on the money and the receivers caught the ball well and Tobey Hernandez ran hard. I think we did a lot of good things on offense.

“I thought we fired off better in the second half. We felt we’re not sustaining our blocks. We were firing out good, but we were not chopping our feet,” Inselmann added. “The only negative are the exchanges. The quarterback and center exchanges … we have to correct that. We can’t do that in the big games.”

The Patriots fumbled four snaps, all in the second half, and lost one of the fumbles.

Evergreen did pass the ball well in the first half, completing 13 of 24 passes for 109 yards, but the Vikings were just 2 of 6 for 3 yards in the second half. They also did not have a single first down in the second half.

“We kind of changed our defensive coverage in the second half. The biggest disappointment was we were not making plays in the secondary in the first half. They had a high completion rate. That was disappointing,“ Inselmann said. “We made some changes and I think the kids played well.”

Hernandez went to work right away, as he took the very first handoff and raced 66 yards to pay dirt to take a quick 7-0 lead just 22 seconds in.

The Vikings turned the ball over on downs and the next Patriot drive took a bit longer.

The Patriots traveled 46 yards on 11 plays in 5:33 with Hernandez punching in the final yard for a 13-0 advantage.

Evergreen advanced to the PH 25-yard line, but failed to complete the fourth down and the Patriots took over as the first period came to an end.

Kolpien completed a 31-yard pass to Derek Hoops and a later connected with Hoops again for a 36-yard gainer. Hernandez then went into the end zone untouched for his third-straight score.

Nathan Andonian intercepted an Evergreen pass at the Viking 28, and three plays later the Patriots scored again.

Kolpien and Hoops hooked up again, this time with a 15-yard touchdown pass and catch.

The Vikings scored on an eight-play drive with Nick Etue connecting with Stonie-Sutton Dewitt in the end zone.

Evergreen had the ball to start the second half, but not for long, as Hernandez intercepted a Etue pass at the PH 33-yard line.

Despite three penalties and a recovered fumble, the Patriots were still able to score.

The ball was moved back to the PH 12-yard line before Kolpien passed to Zach Nye, who raced down the Patriot sideline for an 88-yard touchdown and a 32-6 lead.

Hernandez scored twice more in the second half, one on a 3-yard run and another for 21 yards.

Patrick Henry (4-1) travels to Delta next Friday before facing three tough opponents in Bryan, Archbold and Wauseon.

“The honeymoon is over. I think the kids will understand what I mean,” Inselmann said about the upcoming schedule.