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Game of the Week: Providence Grove vs Wheatmore

With just four weeks left until the end of the regular season, teams are looking to pick up wins and build their resume for a chance at being selected for the state playoffs. Each game gets more crucial as the season goes on and for those who stumbled early, the pressure is on. This week’s “Game of the Week” will have the Providence Grove Patriots hosting the Wheatmore Warriors.

Providence Grove enters Friday’s match-up 1-2 in conference play and 2-5 overall on the season. After winning their first game of the season, they took a bit of a hit and lost five straight before topping Trinity last week. They will be looking to build on that win this week. Wheatmore comes in 1-1 in PAC-7 play and 6-1 on the season. They started the season with a five-game winning streak before falling to Randleman. The Warriors bounced back with a win against Trinity before having last week off. Since the first meeting in 2009, these two have met six times with the Patriots holding a 4-2 advantage in the series. Providence Grove took last season’s match-up 46-14.

The Patriots picked up their first conference win of the season last week with a big 42-28 win over Trinity and they will be looking to capitalized on the momentum from that game. Kobe Morgan came up big for the Patriots last week by returning two returns in for touchdowns, making an interception and catching two touchdown passes. Providence Grove will need him to have another strong performance if they want to beat the Warriors. The quarterback duo of Andrew Poteat and Cade Snotherly have kept defenses on their toes as each one has a difference playing style in the QB position. Using both Poteat and Snotherly at different points in the game could throw the Warriors for a loop and give the Patriots a slight advantage. If the Warriors really want to win on Friday then they will have to stop PG senior running back Xavier Andrews. If the offensive line can make a hole, the Andrews will charge his way up the field.

As for Wheatmore, they had an extra week to prepare for their match-up with the Patriots ad that should serve them well come Friday. They will rely heavily on their running game from Pierre Hakizimana, Jackson Powell, Lucas Kelly, and Chris Lockhart. All four running backs have the ability to explode through the line and pick up decent yardage for the Warriors. Each one will need to have strong performances to ensure the Warriors come away with the victory. If the Patriots cut off the running game, then quarterback Nick Halo will be there to deliver the ball through the air to open receivers. As only a sophomore, Halo has proven himself to be one of the better quarterbacks in the county. Tim Prevost will be key for the Warriors on defense at the defensive back position. He can come from out of nowhere to pick off the opposing quarterback and if he has room to run, then he will pick up big yardage.

Providence Grove’s defense will need to play well the entire game if they want a chance at winning. Wheatmore has shown several times this season they do not give up and can come from behind to win games. The Patriots will need to take away the running game and force the Warriors to beat them through the air. Wheatmore will need to score early and often if they do not want to be playing catch-up late in the game.

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