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September 14, 2013
Providence bounced back from a heart-breaking loss to University Christian to knock off Ponte Vedra 28-16.
The Sharks did not look like the same team that beat up on Nease two weeks ago. Rather than making big scoring plays, they gave them up.
Ponte Vedra QB Colin Feller and RB Kurtis Willingham struggled to fine running lanes, especially on the edges. Providence used that to their advantage throughout the game. They used a strong defensive performance and a few long scoring plays to dictate the outcome of the game.
Providence broke onto the scoreboard early and often. Stallions RB Will Mitchell slipped a tackle at the five yard line to complete a 16-yard touchdown run. That put Providence up 14-0 with about eight minutes to go in the half.
Down by two scores, the Sharks were able to capitalize on costly Stallions mistakes.
With about 10 minutes to go in the second quarter, the Providence long snapper put the ball over the punter's head. He soccer-kicked it out of bounds around midfield. An "illegal kick" penalty put the ball at the Stallions' 36. The Sharks went all the way to the 8 after an 8-yard completion and a facemask penalty. A Ponte Vedra false start put the ball at the 13 before Feller ran it for a 13 yard score.
That cut Providence's lead in half to 14-7 halfway through the second quarter. But the Stallions got it back on Mitchell's 52-yard run, his second rushing touchdown of the game. PV kicked a 35-yard field goal right before halftime to make it 21-10.
About a minute and a half into the third quarter, Providence QB Augie Debiase hit K/WR/DB Peter Gilligan -one of 14 children in his family - for a 62-yard TD pass to put his team up 28-10.
The game's final score came with about three minutes to go in the game. With plenty of time to scramble and find his target, Feller found Sam Feidler for a 38-yard touchdown pass. A missed 2-point conversion made the score 28-16, the final score.
But as part of that last touchdown, OT David Sharpe helped give Feller that extra split second to find his target. Sharpe said that getting his hands on the defensive lineman first is the key to giving his QB more time to make a play.
Even with an injured hand, he still said he could have done better. He and the rest of the Stallions offensive line gave up a QB hit in the backfield to Josh Hayes early in the game.
Ponte Vedra heads to Clay next week. Providence hits the road to take on Crescent City.