September 4th, 2020

Silver Creek offense overwhelms Pioneers 42-7

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Eric Thorne

Staff Writer

Silver Creek offense overwhelms Pioneers 42-7
Providence's Brian Wall pulls down LuShan Mays who ran for 3 touchdowns. Photo by Eric Thorne

SELLERSBURG (IN) – The Providence football team took on another Goliath on Friday night, but the host Dragons proved too mighty to remain undefeated topping the Pioneers 42-7.

Silver Creek (3-0) ranked No.7 in the latest Class 5A Associated Press poll, amassed 534 yards of total offense while limiting Providence to just 78. The Dragons were 7 of 8 passing for 152 yards while nine different runners compiled 382 yards on the ground.

Providence quarterback Jaxon Murphy was just 3 of 10 for 11 yards through the air and tossed an interception.

Daniel McDonald, in just his second game as the Pioneers coach and still trying to get his new offense instilled understands the lack of player numbers and inexperience.

“We have a quarterback that was converted from a running back that is really coming along just playing his second game ever at quarterback,” McDonald said. “He shows solid leadership and never comes off the field so there are other facets of the game where he can also make an impact.”

The Pioneers were shutout 42-0 in last weeks seasons opener at Floyd Central.

Silver Creek took the opening kickoff and drove 65 yards in 7 plays capped off with LaShun Mays taking it in for a 3-yard touchdown with 8:55 left in the first quarter. Jonathan McIntyre added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.

The Dragon offense was quick to add another touchdown with 2:19 left in the same quarter moving 59 yards in 1:55 as Ben Landers darted for a 14-yard score making it 14-0. He finished with 87 yards on 12 carries.

The Pioneers (0-2) failed to convert a first down on their next possession and Silver Creek again capitalized behind the running of Landers and May. The duo carried on seven of eight plays and the senior Landers finished off the drive with a 4-yard score with 10:02 left in the half.

Myers kickstarted the Dragons’ next drive racing 30 yards before Mays swept left for a 9-yard score extending the lead to 28-0.

The senior Dragon quarterback went to the air with the final drive of the half converting a pair of passes for 57 yards and then facing a fourth down at the 10-yard line scrambled free and into the endzone for a 35-0 advantage.

“We had some communication issues out there and a little sloppy, but we had three starting linemen quarantined last week with Covid and that showed in our passing game still needing some work,” Dragon coach Dave Papenhaus said.

Jeremy Gettelfinger tried to ignite the Pioneer offense to start the second half taking the kickoff and racing down the left sideline 72 yards before being pulled down from behind at the Dragon 12-yard line. The senior nearly scored two plays later, but as he neared the goal line he fumbled the ball forward and out of the endzone turning it over to Silver Creek.

“I got that big kickoff return to get us going to start the second half, but unfortunately I attempted to dive into the endzone at the last minute,” Gettelfinger said. “It went out of the endzone and they got it on a touchback. I should have just lowered my shoulder and ran in.”

The opportunistic Dragons followed with a seven play 80-yard drive that saw Mays record his third touchdown of the night with a five-yard score.  The sophomore finished with 11 carries for 63 yards.

Providence finally got the on the scoreboard after a fumble and Gettelfinger ran it in for a 5-yard touchdown with 4:57 left in the game. He finished with 11 carries for 50 yards.

Silver Creek has now won 11 of its past 13 games dating back to last season and Papenhaus sees the confidence growing in his often-overlooked squad.

“I think our team kind of had a chip on their should going back to last year when people kept calling Silver Creek a surprise team,” Pepanhaus said. “Our goal is the same defend Clark County first which we got in beating Providence and Charlestown and Clarksville is next. Then it’s the Mid-Southern Conference and postseason success.”

Providence’s upcoming schedule comes more in line with teams in its same class and numbers.  They were to open the season against Bardstown Bethlehem, but that was canceled.

“We have low numbers and that’s killing us right now, but we’re fighting out there and luckily the next few weeks we have schools more our size and we can capitalize there,” Gettlefinger said. “We can be very good if we do our jobs. Coach puts that in our minds over and over DYJ – do your job. It’s the little things we need to clean up.”

The Pioneers host Clarksville then Charlestown before traveling to Holy Cross.

“If we didn’t have Covid where we couldn’t practice and learn coach McDonald’s system which I love, and then work the little things out against Bethlehem we would be a different team right now,” Gettelfinger said. “We’ve never ran this spread offense or defense before, but don’t worry we’ll be ok.”



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