The Providence Panthers scored 21 fourth-quarter points to break open a close game and defeat the visiting Olympic Trojans 63-44 in the SoMeck 8 football opener for both teams Friday night.
The game featured more than 1,000 yards of total offense and saw four touchdowns in just over two minutes of play in the first quarter. Providence jumped on Olympic early, scoring 28 first-quarter points and taking a 35-13 lead midway through the second on a Blake Proehl 34-yard touchdown reception from Jack Cherry.
Olympic then scored 24 of the next 31 points and cut the score to 42-37 with four minutes left in the third quarter on a Ramaine Lyons 4-yard touchdown run.
Providence answered with an 11-play, 73-yard drive that was capped by a Julian Boddie 5-yard run early in the fourth. Providence scored twice more in the fourth to add insurance and go on to win its second consecutive game after an 0-3 start.
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Quote: “These kids are really committed to each other and now we’re starting to see the results. They believe in each other and what we’re trying to teach them, and the hard work is paying off.” - Providence coach Brad Bowels.
Records: Providence is 2-3, 1-0 in SoMeck ; Olympic is 2-3, 0-1.
Worth mentioning: Despite the loss, Olympic junior quarterback Dylan Earney threw for 309 yards and had a 31-yard run that set up the Trojans’ first score. ... Proehl was pretty much unstoppable for Providence. The senior caught eight passes for 216 yards and three touchdowns and caused two pass interference penalties on Olympic. ... Cherry threw for 349 yards with five touchdowns, and Boddie ran for 122 and two scores. ... The teams combined for 1,044 total yards and, possibly more amazing, were separated by 2 yards in total offense (523 for Providence and 521 for Olympic).
What’s Next: Olympic will play host to Ardrey Kell, and Providence will visit West Mecklenburg.
Olympic 13 16 8 7 - 44
Providence 28 7 7 21 - 63
P - Julian Boddie 12 run (Bryson Porzenski kick)
P - Caleb Ogunmola 68 pass from Jack Cherry (Porzenski kick)
O - Elias Crawford 10 run (Haley Houser kick)
P - Blake Proehl 76 pass from Cherry (Porzenski kick)
O - Justin Mallory 72 pass from Dylan Earney (kick failed)
P - Ogunmola 49 pass from Cherry (Porzenski kick)
P - Proehl 34 pass from Cherry (Porzenski kick)
O - Damon Rouse 10 run (Ramaine Lyons run)
O - Rouse 1 run (Lyons run)
P - Proehl 32 pass from Cherry (Porzenski kick)
O - Lyons 4 run (Lyons run)
P - Boddie 5 run (Porzenski kick)
P - Nathan Kibambe 1 run (Porzenski kick)
P - Kibambe 2 run (Porzenski kick)
O - Rouse 4 run (Houser kick)