Coaches often say that the team that commits fewer turnovers in a game will usually come out on top.
That was the case for the Olympic Trojans, who forced five Providence turnovers en route to a 21-7 victory in the SoMeck 8 4A opener for both teams at Waddell. Olympic did not have a turnover.
“It wasn’t pretty offensively, but I thought our defense played its best game of the year,” Olympic coach Barry Shuford said.
Fittingly, it was the Olympic’s (4-1, 1-0) defense that scored first. Providence quarterback Caleb York fumbled on the Panthers second possession. The ball was picked up by Delmarius Gilliam, who ran 33 yards for the touchdown with 1 minute, 32 seconds left in the first quarter.
Providence (2-3, 0-1) thought they had scored a game-tying touchdown on a 64 yard punt return by Austin Proehl in the second quarter, but it was called back because of a holding penalty. Providence then drove to the Olympic 10, but the Trojans forced and recovered another fumble with 30 seconds left to keep the score 7-0 at the break.
Providence turned it over again late in the third on a fumble, and Olympic made them pay. Isaac Garcia ran 29 yards to the Panthers’ 1, and then quarterback Rod Tinsley scored on a sneak to push the lead to 14-0.
Providence drove to the Olympic 22 on their next possession early in the fourth but Trevor Brown picked off York at the 12. Garcia added insurance points with 3:14 left on a 21-yard run. Garcia finished the night with 137 yards on 19 carries.
Providence avoided the shutout with 1:07 left when York hit John Biasucci with a 29-yard touchdown pass.
“This conference is going to be a battle each week, no matter who your opponent is,” Shuford said. “Providence really shut our offense down, but we didn’t turn it over and the defense just gave a great effort.”
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