Providence defeats Christian Academy Louisville 42-21
By JON REITER
CLARKSVILLE – Providence’s big-play offense was on full display yesterday afternoon, as the Pioneers amassed more than 500 yards of total offense in a 42-21 win over visiting Christian Academy (Ky.)
“We’re becoming more confident offensively,” Providence (3-2) coach Larry Dennison said. “Our line is coming off the ball really well, and our backs are doing a good job of getting yards. It’s starting to come together. We’re not all the way there yet, but it’s coming together.”
Providence jumped on the Centurions (1-4) early. Tailback Zach Johnson snuck through the right side of the line of scrimmage and broke free for a 71-yard touchdown on Providence’s first play. Johnson added an 81-yard run in the second quarter for his second touchdown of the day to help give Providence a 28-6 lead, and finished with 248 yards on 18 carries.
Johnson wasn’t the only Pioneer back who had a successful day on the ground. Jared Griffith, a 5’6, 145-pound senior, gained 147 yards on 20 carries and also notched two touchdowns for Providence.
“We want to establish the run early and pound it on the ground,” Dennison said. “Those guys had some big runs for us, and again, our line really came together.”
The Pioneers also impressed through the air. It was 7-6 Providence, late in the first quarter, when the Pioneers faced a 4th and 8 at the Centurion 30-yard line. Quarterback Alex Vogel dropped back, and in the face of intense pressure, found wideout Trevor Ash in the flat with a perfect touch pass that Ash took into the end zone for a score.
Vogel also converted a flea flicker to Owen Mattingly for a 75-yard touchdown pass later in the first half.
In addition, Providence was 4 of 4 on fourth down conversions – which Dennison also noted was a positive sign.
“We did have a lot of confidence in our offense today,” he said. “We were moving the ball very well, and those were conversions we thought we could get. It helped us control the clock, and the ballgame.”
After the flea flicker, the Centurions, who are coached by former University of Louisville quarterback Stefan LeFors, were never able to draw to within two touchdowns of the Pioneers. Christian Academy quarterback Andrew Risher conpleted 15 of 24 passes for 146 yards, and tailback Ivan Talley gained 217 yards on 21 carries.
The Pioneers will now turn their attention to this week’s contest against rival Jeffersonville at Murphy Stadium on Friday night.
“It’s going to be an exciting week for us,” Dennison said. “We have a lot to work on, but the kids are looking forward to it.”
Providence 14 14 0 14 – 42
Christian Academy (Ky.) 6 8 0 7 – 21
P – Johnson 71 run (Wimp kick); 11:04, 7-0 P.
C – Freibert 9 pass from Risher (kick failed); 5:28, 7-6 P.
P – Ash 30 pass from Vogel (Wimp kick); :14.6, 14-6 P.
P – Mattingly 75 pass from Vogel (Wimp kick); 9:56, 21-6 P.
P – Johnson 81 run (Wimp kick); 7:37, 28-6 P.
C – Lewellen 46 pass from Risher (Lewellen pass from Risher); :56.6, 28-14
P – Griffith 2 run (Wimp kick); 1:51, 35-14 P.
C – Moehle 16 pass from Risher (Soto kick); 9:57, 35-21.
P – Griffith 3 run (Wimp kick); 4:00, 42-21, P.