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Wheatmore defeats Providence Grove

Kaitlyn Mullins

Friday night the Wheatmore Warriors hosted the Providence Grove Patriots for the last varsity football game of the regular season.

Starting the first quarter were the Patriots as they kicked off. The Warriors began their run on the 41-yard line. After four plays Wheatmore covered no ground and were forced to punt the ball. Providence Grove had a good opening drive as Jacob Marcrum gained two first downs. After three failed attempts the Patriots were forced to punt the ball. Returning the ball for the Warriors was Jordan Kight as he was taken down on the 30-yard line. On second and four Alex Trexler picked up a Warriors first down. Three plays later, Halo passed the ball to Ian Bonner who stepped foot into the end zone. The extra point was good as Wheatmore led 7-0. Providence Grove finished the first quarter on second and five with the ball on the 40-yard line. After one complete quarter, the Warriors led 7-0.

The Patriots led off the second quarter on third down and one on the 36-yard line. After a failed attempt the Patriots turned the ball over on downs. Wheatmore took over on the 26-yard line as they began their run. On third and three the Patriots defense held the Warriors and forced them to punt the ball on downs. Jackson Jones returned the ball for the Patriots. Providence Grove took four tries but was unsuccessful as they punted the ball. Late in the second quarter, Nick Halo surpassed the 2,000 passing yard mark for the season as he threw a complete pass to Dustin Pease. Kight carried the ball and gained a first down. After a quarterback sack, the Warriors were on third and 15. Wheatmore was forced to punt the ball on fourth down. Providence Grove caught a fair catch on the 11-yard line. After second and 17 and an incomplete pass, the Patriots punted the ball to end the second quarter.  At the half, Wheatmore led 7-0.

Wheatmore led things off in the third quarter as they kicked off. Rogers returned the ball to the 29-yard line. Needham carried the ball for back to back plays as he gave the Patriots a first down. Jacob Marcrum picked up a first down as he put Providence Grove on the 15-yard line. On the next play, Wheatmore picked off the ball on the nine-yard line. Trexler carried the ball for Wheatmore on three back to back plays as he got the first down. Back to back incomplete passes forced the Warriors to punt the ball. Providence Grove started on the 38-yard line. On fourth down, Claude Nydayishimiyre picked off the ball for a pick six as he scored a 73-yard touchdown for Wheatmore. Owens kicked the extra point as he gave the Warriors a 14-0 lead. Wheatmore led 14-0 after three complete quarters.

Needham led things off in the fourth quarter as he carried the ball to the 50-yard line. After three back to back fails the Patriots punted the ball. The Warriors began their run on the 17-yard line. After a seven play drive, the Warriors scored once more. Bonner passed the ball to Halo for a touchdown making it a 21-0 game. The Patriots returned the ball to the 25-yard line to start their run. Rogers carried the ball to the 25-yard line and a face mask was called on the Warriors. On third and two the Warriors gained a first down as the Warriors were called offsides. Providence Grove gained the first down but fumbled the ball on the next play. Wheatmore recovered the ball but was unable to gain yardage. Wheatmore turned the ball over on downs. Providence Grove was given one last chance to score but came up short. Wheatmore defeats the Patriots 21-0.

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