High School Sports

Maye-Bowick combo leads Myers Park past Providence

By Herb White

Correspondent

Myers Park knows how to respond to a challenge.

A 46-yard scoring pass from Drake Maye to Elijah Bowick on the last play of the first half ignited the Mustangs’ 35-14 win against Providence in a nonconference game Friday. Until the Maye-Bowick connection, Providence pulled to within 21-14 on Nathan Mattar’s 1-yard plunge in the final minute of the second quarter to give the Panthers momentum.

After that, it was all Mustangs on both sides of the ball, especially on the ground, where they ran for 227 yards.

Bowick was spectacular, breaking a tackle after catching the game’s first pass and sprinting downfield for a 7-0 Mustangs lead one possession in. The Hail Mary, however, doubled Myers Park’s advantage and shifted momentum for keeps.

Records: Myers Park 3-0; Providence 1-2.

Three who mattered

Drake Maye, Myers Park: 9-of-13, 147 yards and a pair of scores in the first half.

Elijah Bowick, Myers Park: Four first-half receptions for 146 yards, including a 72-yarder for a score on the game’s first possession and a 46-yard Hail Mary to close the half.

Mason Boothe, Providence: The Panthers quarterback hit 9-of-11 passes for 120 yards and a score in the first half.

Worth mentioning

▪ Providence defensive back Kyle Mattar recovered a fumble and muffed punt for the Panthers, who forced three turnovers.

  • Myers Park racked up three sacks, compared to one for Providence, and a pair of interceptions, including a 49-yarder by Jordan Brown to set up Jacquez Robinson’s 3-yard sweep around left end for a 49-19 bulge.
  • Myers Park passed sparingly in the second half, opting to run Robinson, who totaled 126 yards on 13 carries, including 110 after intermission.
  • Myers Park limited the Panthers to 67 yards on 31 rushing attempts.

What’s next: Providence is at Pinecrest; Myers Park hosts Olympic.

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