Myers Park and Providence accounted for 79 points and nearly 1,000 yards offense Monday night, but it was a pair of defensive plays that made the difference.
Myers Park’s Shane Collins picked off a pass by Providence’s Jack Cherry at the Mustangs’ 10-yard line with 13 seconds left, saving a 41-38 come-from-behind victory for his team.
The other big play, Myers Park coach Scott Chadwick said, came midway in the third quarter. Providence (2-1), which jumped to a 10-0 lead and was in front 24-20, punted from its own 25. But two Mustang defenders blocked the punt, and teammate Jordan Brown scooped up the ball and ran into the end zone.
Providence came back and took a lead briefly in the fourth quarter, but Chadwick said the blocked kick changed momentum.
“That was really a big play,” he said. “Everything changed after that.”
The winning points came on a 50-yard pass from Brayden Hawkins to Josh Curry with 2:08 to play. That Myers Park touchdown came less than two minutes after Providence had vaulted in front 38-34 on a 12-yard run by Julian Boddie.
Providence took advantage of breaks to score its first 10 points. A bad snap on a third-down pass play left Myers Park punting from its 1, and the Panthers took over at the Mustang 40. They scored nine plays later on a Boddie 1-yard run.
The Mustangs, No. 4 in the Observer’s Sweet 16, fumbled the ball away on their next series, but their defense held Providence to a 37-yard Bryson Porzenski field goal.
Big plays either accounted for or set up the first half’s five subsequent touchdowns. Two of the scores came on 80-yard passes from Myers Park’s Hawkins to Elijah Bowick, and a long pass from Hawkins to Muhsin Muhammad set up the Mustangs’ other score.
Providence’s 5-yard scoring pass from Cherry to Patrick Bloomingburg was set up by a 59-yard Boddie run, and the Panthers also scored on a 53-yard pass from Cherry to Caleb Ogunmola.
Quote: “No doubt about it – that was Brayden Hawkins’ best game so far.” – Myers Park coach Scott Chadwick on his senior quarterback, who threw for 456 yards.
Records: Providence is 2-1; Myers Park is 3-0.
Worth mentioning: Myers Park finished with 528 yards total offense, Providence with 416 yards … The first half was dominated by offense, but one of the biggest plays was by Providence linebacker Will Gean, who tackled the Mustangs’ Khamal Howard for a 1-yard loss on a fourth-down play at the Providence 10-yard line with 11 seconds left in the half … Hawkins completed 20 of 35 passes for 456 yards and no interceptions … Boddie, who ran for 233 yards last week in Providence’s 31-27 victory over Hough, carried 24 times for 147 yards Monday night.
What's Next: Providence is home next Friday against Southern Pines Pinecrest; Myers Park is away next Friday against South Mecklenburg.
Providence 10 14 7 7 -- 38
Myers Park 6 14 14 7 -- 41
P – Julian Boddie 1 run (Bryson Porzenski kick)
P – FG Porzenski 37
MP – Elijah Bowick 80 pass from Brayden Hawkins (run failed)
P – Patrick Bloomingburg 5 pass from Jack Cherry (Porzenski kick)
MP – Bowick 80 pass from Hawkins (Tyler Dameron kick)
P – Caleb Ogunmola 53 pass from Cherry (Porzenski kick)
MP – Khamal Howard 2 run (Dameron kick)
MP - Jordan Brown 10 blocked punt return (Dameron kick)
MP - Muhsin Muhammad 70 pass from Hawkins (Dameron kick)
P - Cherry 12 run (Porzenski kick)
P - Boddie 12 run (Porzenski kick)
MP - Josh Curry 50 pass from Hawkins (Dameron kick)
Friday’s N.C. scores
Alleghany County 27, Kernersville McGuinness 16
Charlotte Myers Park 41, Charlotte Providence 38
Concord Cox Mill 28, Monroe Parkwood 14
East Bladen 34, North Brunswick 0
East Carteret 48, Jones County 0
Eastern Randolph 22, Albemarle 0
Fayetteville Westover 60, Hoke County 42
Greene Central 20, North Pitt 6
High Point Christian Academy 48, Harrells Christian 0
Hope Mills South View 28, Lumberton 21
Jacksonville 40, Wilmington Laney 6
Jacksonville Northside 25, Clinton 21
Monroe Union Academy 56, Monroe Central 6
North Myrtle Beach, S.C. 38, West Brunswick 12
Northeast Guilford 14, Southern Guilford 7
Pembroke Swett 41, Fayetteville Byrd 14
Richmond County 40, Fayetteville Pine Forest 14
Riverside Martin 52, Robersonville South Creek 22
South Iredell 38, Lake Norman 20
Swansboro 35, Richlands 8
Trinity Wheatmore 28, Southwestern Randolph 24
Wake Forest Heritage 53, Raleigh Millbrook 13
West Bladen 20, Newton Grove Midway 6
West Craven 28, New Bern 7
West Forsyth 23, Winston-Salem Mt. Tabor 7
Wilkes Central 34, Surry Central 19
Wilmington Ashley 30, Fairmont 20