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Vance rolls Providence 42-7

Vance’s Jonathan Ifedi (7) catches a pass and runs for Vance's second touchdown past Providence defender Dru Seabrook during the Vance at Providence football game on Friday5.
Vance’s Jonathan Ifedi (7) catches a pass and runs for Vance's second touchdown past Providence defender Dru Seabrook during the Vance at Providence football game on Friday5. dlaird@charlotteobserver.com

Vance High is all gas, no brake.

Junior quarterback Kingsley Ifedi passed for 382 yards and two touchdowns and Donnavan Spencer ran for another pair and 127 yards in the Cougars’ 42-7 win at Providence in a nonconference game. Vance, which topped 40 points for the second consecutive game, piled up 533 yards total offense to overwhelm the Panthers’ defense. Ifedi, who started his second varsity game, completed 19-of-27 passes with scoring strikes of 39 and 9 yards to his brother Jonathan. He connected on five passes of at least 30 yards.

“He’s a good passer. He puts us in some good situations,” Cougars coach Aaron Brand said. “But he left another 150 yards on the field, and if we can get him to start calculating and executing on those 150 yards, we can really get some momentum and start executing a little better.”

Vance outgained the Panthers 233 yards (184 passing) to 98 for Providence in seizing a 21-7 lead at intermission. The Cougars were efficient with Ifedi hitting 10-of-13 passes for 184 yards and a pair of scores while Spencer added a 5-yard touchdown run. In the second half, Spencer carried more of the load, responding with 83 yards and a score on nine carries.

“That’s a very good football team,” Providence coach Brad Bowles said. “They’re well coached, pretty disciplined and have a lot of talent all over the place.”

Providence struggled to establish offensive rhythm, accounting for 128 yards on offense, 2 fewer than Vance totaled in penalties. The Cougars mustered 101 yards passing in the first half but rushed for minus-3 yards on 12 carries before the break. The Panthers’ lone score was an 80-yard pass from halfback Jack King to Jordan Fehr 72 seconds ahead of intermission.

Quote: “Providence was aggressive with their rush, so we wanted to not block them some and Donnavan (Spencer’s) really good in the screen game.” – Vance coach Aaron Brand on using dumping the ball off for big gains

Records: Vance is 2-0 and 0-0 in the MeCKa 4A; Providence is 1-1 and 0-0 in the Southwestern 4A.

Worth Mentioning: Kingsley Ifedi has passed for more than 300 yards in both varsity starts. ... Vance’s Morgan Gibson blocked a Providence punt.

What’s next: Vance goes to George Washington (Danville, Va.) for a nonconference game. Providence plays Myers Park in a nonconference game.

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