Warriors shutout Patriots

Stephanie King

It was homecoming at Providence Grove on Friday as the Patriots hosted the Wheatmore Warriors. Providence Grove entered Friday’s game with a 1-3 conference record and a 2-6 overall record. Wheatmore was 2-1 in conference play and 7-1 overall on the season.

Providence Grove received the ball to start the game. Wheatmore’s defense came out strong and forced the Patriots to punt the ball on fourth down early in the quarter. The Warriors were forced into a fourth down situation of their own, but unlike the Patriots they were able to convert. Quarterback Nick Halo found Bryant Walker for a 23-yard touchdown pass to put the Warriors on the board first. Bailey Owens tacked on the extra point to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead over the Patriots.

The Patriots would not get far on their next drive as they turned the ball over on downs. Wheatmore would take over, but they would be forced to punt on fourth down moments later.  Providence Grove picked up a couple of first downs on their next possession, but could not find the end zone as they were once again forced to punt. The Warriors took over and Halo found Christen Tate for a 22-yard pass for a first down. They would end the first quarter on 4th and 5 with the ball on the 38-yard line. The Warriors led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Wheatmore picked up a first down at the start of the second quarter on a roughing the passer call. Jackson Powell took the handoff on the next play, but was tackled behind the line of scrimmage. Providence Grove’s Jordan Hodges picked off Halo’s next pass and picked up decent yardage on the return. The Patriots could not capitalize the interception as they would be forced to punt moments later. On their next drive the Warriors moved the ball down the field and found themselves in the end zone for the second time. Lucas Kelly broke away from the defense for a 38-yard first down run and followed it up with a 17-yard touchdown run. Owens made the extra point attempt to put the Warriors in front 14-0.

Homecoming Queen Peyton Grettler

Providence Grove tried to get something going on their next drive, but were once again forced into a fourth down situation. The Patriots would go for it on 4th and 2, but came up just shy of the first down. Wheatmore took over the with ball on the PG 47-yard line. The Warriors needed just two plays to pick up their third and final touchdown of the night. Chris Lockhart ran 53-yards into the end zone to add to the Warriors already commanding lead. The extra point from Owens gave the Warriors a 21-0 lead. During the final minutes of the quarter, Wheatmore Tim Prevost would make two interceptions against the Patriots. At halftime the Warriors led 21-0. During halftime, senior Peyton Grettler was named the 2017 homecoming queen.

Neither team would score during the second half of play. During the third quarter alone, both teams punted a combined six times. Providence Grove had possession of the ball on the end of the third quarter, but would turn the ball over early in the fourth quarter. The Patriots got the ball back one more time before the end of the game, but quarterback Cade Snotherly threw an interception to Zack Berrier. The Warriors would run out the clock for a 21-0 win.

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