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PG snaps losing streak, tops Trinity

Stephanie King

It was homecoming at Providence Grove High School on Friday as the Patriots hosted PAC-7 foe, Trinity. Providence Grove entered Friday’s game 0-2 in conference play and 2-4 on the season. They were looking to snap a four-game losing skid and earn their first conference victory of the season. Trinity entered with a losing streak of their own and were 0-1 in conference play and 4-2 overall on the season.

Trinity received the ball to start the game but would be forced to punt the ball on fourth down moments later. Providence Grove went to work on offense and went straight to freshman Caleb Rogers. Rogers picked up 41-yards and three first downs on four carries for the Patriots. A two-yard run from Drew Needham gave the Patriots another first down. Providence Grove got the ball down to the one-yard line after an eight-yard run from Xavier Foust but ended up turning the ball over on fourth down. Trinity took over but struggled to move the ball up the field with their backs up against their own end zone. Providence eventually tackled quarterback Nathan Davis in the end zone for a safety. When Providence Grove got the ball they too struggled to move the ball and would be forced to punt on fourth down. The first quarter would come to an end after a punt by the Bulldogs. Providence Grove had the ball to end the quarter and led 2-0.

Quarterback Luke Thomas connected with Jacob Marcrum for a first down to start the second quarter, but the Patriots would be forced to punt the ball not long after. The struggles continued for the Bulldogs as a bad snap landed in the end zone and Davis fell on it to give the Patriots another safety. On the ensuing kick return, Rogers returned the ball roughly 46-yards and into Trinity territory. An 18-yard run from Foust gave the Patriots a first down and set up an 18-yard touchdown pass from Thomas to Jordan Hodges. The two-point conversion attempt by the Patriots was no good as they took a 10-0 lead over the Bulldogs.

Despite a couple of decent runs from Gage Taylor, the Bulldogs would be forced to punt on fourth down during their next drive. Back to back first down runs from Foust and Rogers put the Patriots back into Trinity territory. A 17-yard pass to Hodges from Thomas put them in striking distance, but the Trinity defense would not let them in the end zone. Jackson Jones would add more points to the Patriots lead as he nailed a field goal to give the Patriots a 13-0 lead. Logan Fleming returned the ball 36-yards on the Bulldogs ensuing kickoff, but moments later Davis had his pass picked off by Corbin Talbert with just under two minutes remaining in the half. Providence Grove worked the ball down the field before a ten-yard run by Foust added six more points to the Patriots lead. The extra point attempt by the Patriots was no good as they led 19-0. Providence Grove would recover their own onside kick with 32.6 seconds left, but Thomas threw an interception to Taylor moments later. The Bulldogs took a knee to run out the clock and end the half. At halftime, Providence Grove led 19-0.

It would be a quarter of back and forth punts as both teams struggled to move the ball up the field. Providence Grove received the ball to start the half but was forced to punt on fourth and twelve. They got the ball back moments later when Hodges intercepted a pass from Davis. After another punt by both teams, Providence Grove looked poised to find the end zone for the third time. Unfortunately, a fumble by the Patriots was recovered by the Bulldogs. Davis found Tyler Hammonds and Connor Stanley for a first down before throwing an interception to Jones of the Patriots. The third quarter would end with the Patriots leading 19-0.

Providence Grove moved the ball well during the fourth quarter and on one drive got the ball down to the one-yard line before turning the ball over on downs. Needham barreled his way through the Trinity defense on multiple carries during the drive. Trinity got the ball back late in the quarter, but could not get anything done. Providence Grove’s defense stood strong and secured the 19-0 win for the Patriots.

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