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November 5, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Pirates overcome Brown County’s late run

Highlanders shut down Jennings this time

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NASHVILLE — DEFENSIVE REVERSAL

In Week 8, Floyd Central beat Jennings County handily, 54-30.

But it wasn’t all good news. In the win, the Highlanders surrendered 376 yards on the ground to the Panthers, including 232 to Jennings County’s Preston Teltow.

Apparently, the Highlander defense took shutting down Teltow and the Jennings attack to heart last Friday. Floyd held the Panthers to 145 yards rushing and Teltow to 92 in their first shutout victory in more than a decade 27-0 in the Class 5A Sectional 14 semifinal.

“We had two weeks to prepare for them, so we really followed the game plan very well,” Floyd coach Brian Glesing said. “It was a big deal for us.”

The shutout was the first for the Highlanders since October of 2003 and

the first under Glesing.

“A choppy field and [Jennings County] turnovers helped,” Glesing said, “but a shutout’s a shutout and that’s cool.”

Glesing said his defense will have to be even better in this coming Friday’s sectional championship game against Whiteland. The Class 5A No. 3 Warriors are averaging 37 points per game and have scored 40-plus points in half of their games.

“It’s a little bit of a different animal this week,” Glesing said.

— Greg Mengelt

MATTINGLY’S INJURY BIG FACTOR IN PIONEER LOSS

An injury to Providence quarterback and defensive back Owen Mattingly played a key role during the Pioneers’ 28-7 loss at Class 2A No. 8 Triton Central in last Friday’s Class 2A Sectional 39 semifinal.

In the second quarter, the senior suffered a sprained ankle on defense. It appeared that Mattingly was going to fight through the ailment when he ran for a 42-yard touchdown with 8:51 left in the third quarter to tie the game at seven.

But Mattingly and the Providence offense struggled after that. Following Mattingly’s TD, the Pioneers (7-4) failed to get into Tiger territory and turned the ball over three times.

Even though Triton Central entered the game with the fifth-best scoring defense in Class 2A, Providence coach Larry Denison thought the Pioneers’ offense would have been very productive if Mattingly did not get hurt.

“Without Owen, we were very limited on what we could do,” Denison said. “I would’ve loved to have been able to have Owen the whole game. It’s a much different ballgame if that is the case and Owen is healthy. But I’m not going to take anything away from them. They played outstanding. They are a very sound football team and we knew that coming in.”

Twenty seniors, including Mattingly, played their final game in a Providence uniform last Friday. Denison credited the seniors for leading the Pioneers to a six-game winning streak after starting the season 1-3.

“I’m so proud of the way they did it,” Denison said. “After Week 4, we were 1-3. But they handled all the adversity and came up with the leadership. They were phenomenal. They are going to be sorely missed, not just as players but as leaders in the locker room and on the field.”

— Kevin Harris

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