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Game of the Week: Trinity vs Providence Grove

Another week to play, another week to prove yourself, and another week to get better. That’s how a lot of coaches see each week whether their team wins or loses. During football season, teams have one game a week to play, prove themselves, and get better. Now is as crucial a time as any for teams to step up and do all of that. With only a few games left, teams are beginning to reach crunch time if they hope to make it into the state playoffs. The teams in this week’s “Game of the Week” are looking for a key win that could provide them with the momentum they need for the rest of the season. In this week’s “Game of the Week” the Trinity Bulldogs will host the Providence Grove Patriots.

Trinity enters Friday’s game coming off close loss to cross-town and conference rival Wheatmore. They are 0-1 in PAC-7 play and 3-3 on the season. Providence is coming off a loss against rival Randleman and are 0-2 in conference play and 1-5 on the season. This will be the sixth meeting between the two schools since Providence Grove opened and the Patriots currently hold a 4-1 advantage in the series. The Patriots held a four-game winning streak in the series before Trinity claimed a 27-16-win last season.

Trinity has played well all season with two of their three losses coming by three points or less. Head coach Brett Andrews has the Bulldogs in good shape and if they can finish the season strong, they have a shot at the playoffs. Play on the field all starts with junior quarterback Nathan Davis. Davis is strong at the quarterback position and a very smart playmaker. When his targets are open then Davis will make sure to get them the ball. Thunder Levy is one of those targets and he is a multi-position threat for the Bulldogs. Offensively, he can make the grab from Davis or fill in at quarterback and make crisp clean passes. Defensively, he can play free safety and pick off the opponents’ quarterback or break up passing plays. Full-back Gage Taylor is another key part of the Bulldog offense and he can get up the field in a hurry if he finds an opening. Hunter Mosley will lead the defense at the middle-linebacker position and has no problem causing trouble for opponents.

Providence Grove as struggled a little this season, but it does not mean that they have not played their hearts out and left everything on field. The Patriots have the ability to put points on the board and they just need one game where everything clicks to give their players a boost. Senior running back Xavier Andrews is a crucial part of the Patriot offense and they will need him to be on top of his game on Friday. With his size and speed, Andrews can barrel his way through the defensive line and pick up some big yardage for the Patriots. Andrew Poteat and Cade Snotherly have been sharing the quarterback duties the past few games and both can lead the Patriots to victory. Both quarterbacks can throw the ball deep or hang on to it and pick up a few yards on the ground. This week be key as the Patriots will need to pick up yards anywhere and anyway they can. Tyler Hutto, Malik Sutton, and Kobe Morgan should be key targets for both quarterbacks. Jordan Hodges will anchor the defense for the Patriots and look to force the Bulldogs to go four and out on every possession.

This should be a battle as both teams are looking for their first PAC-7 win of the season.

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