High School Sports

Providence stuns West Meck for 5th straight win, shares SoMeck 4A title

Providence running back Jake Snapp finds an opening in West Mecklenburg’s defense in the first quarter of Friday’s SoMeck 4A football game. Providence won 48-8, ending the Hawks’ eight-game winning streak.
Providence running back Jake Snapp finds an opening in West Mecklenburg’s defense in the first quarter of Friday’s SoMeck 4A football game. Providence won 48-8, ending the Hawks’ eight-game winning streak.

Providence High is headed into the postseason on a roll.

The Panthers notched their fifth straight win and a share of the SoMeck 4A title with a 48-8 victory Friday against homecoming opponent West Mecklenburg.

Providence, which shares the crown with Ardrey Kell and West Mecklenburg, jumped on the Hawks quickly, building a 20-point lead in the second quarter and holding them in check throughout.

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Providence running back Jamar Price (11) avoids West Mecklenburg cornerback Kynieu Wylie in the first quarter in high school football action Friday. NELL REDMOND

West Mecklenburg, which had won eight straight and had a one-game cushion toward the outright title, struggled to get into gear, especially in the air. The Hawks finished with 126 yards total offense, including 56 passing.

Providence receiver Will Kakavitsas put in a big performance with four touchdowns, including three in the air. He finished with six catches for 138 yards.

Records: West Mecklenburg 8-2, 5-1 conference; Providence 6-5, 5-1.

Three who mattered

Will Kakavitsas: The Providence receiver was everywhere, with three first-half receptions for 102 yards and a score and a 43-yard pass to Patrick Bloomingburg on a fake punt to set up another. He also scored on a 9-yard run to open the onslaught.

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Providence wide receiver Will Kakavitsas scores against West Mecklenburg in the first quarter on Friday. NELL REDMOND

Mason Boothe: Kakavitsas’ battery mate hit 11-of-19 passes for 185 yards and three touchdowns.

Jamar Price: Running back helped Providence control the ball and momentum with nine carries for 56 yards in the first half.

Worth mentioning

▪ West Mecklenburg’s only other loss was a 21-14 setback to Vance in the season opener.

▪ Providence, which finished with 119 rushing yards, piled up 91 yards on 22 first-half carries. The Panthers finished with 228 yards passing.

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Providence quarterback Mason Boothe looks to pass against West Mecklenburg Friday night. Providence won 48-8. NELL REDMOND

▪ Jamar Taylor split time between quarterback and tailback from the wildcat formation for West Mecklenburg. He tallied 55 yards rushing and passed for 56 more.

▪ Defensive tackle Gavin Reeder lived a lineman’s dream when he rumbled 51 yards with an interception for a score that boosted Providence’s advantage to 41-8.

▪ West Mecklenburg tallied four sacks, while the Panthers managed five.

What’s next

State playoffs for both teams.

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