“Game of the Week”: Wheatmore vs Providence Grove

There are just a few weeks left until post-season play begins and teams will be looking to boost their resumes for a spot in the playoffs. For teams who struggled early in the season, all it takes is one win to turn their season around. No matter how good or bad teams have played during the early part of the season, teams should not underestimate their opponents during this late stage of the season because anything can happen. The Wheatmore Warriors will host the Providence Grove Patriots in this week’s “Game of the Week!”

Wheatmore if coming off a bye week and is 1-1 in conference play and 6-1 overall on the season. Providence Grove is  1-2 in PAC-7 play and 3-4 overall on the season. The Patriots are coming off a win over Trinity for their first conference win of the season. Since 2009, these two teams have met seven times and the Patriots hold a slight 4-3 advantage in the series. Wheatmore won last season’s meeting 21-0.

With the past week off, the Warriors should be well rested for their meeting with the Patriots on Friday. Wheatmore has played well all season and has suffered just one loss.  Junior quarterback Nick Halo has had an outstanding season thus far and the Warriors will need him to be on top of his game on Friday if they hope to defeat the Patriots. Ian Bonner, Zach Berrier, and Blake Sheets have been favorite targets of Halo’s all season and they know how to pick up extra yardage after the catch. Jordan Kight has been strong at the running back position for the Warriors and Austin Biggs and Devin Daugherty have anchored the defense. Biggs, Daugherty, and the rest of the Warriors’ defense will have they hands full with the Patriots’ running backs.

Providence snapped a four-game losing streak last week and will look to capitalize on that momentum this week against the Warriors. Freshman Caleb Rogers has been a key member of the Patriots’ offense this season and has given opponents trouble all season. He is a crafty running back who can find his way through even the smallest opening in an opponents’ defense. Xavier Foust has also forced opponents’ defenses to stay on their toes with his strong play. Freshman Luke Thomas has grown in his role at quarterback after being thrust into the position after starting quarterback Andrew Poteat went out with an injury. Providence Grove will need a strong all-around performance if they hope to top the Warriors on Friday.

A win over the Warriors could give the Patriots enough momentum to close out the regular season strong. A win for Wheatmore would boost their resume as the teams get closer to the post-season.

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