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October 1, 2013

GRIDIRON AFTERMATH: Jeff undone by turnovers, lack of effort

Pirates make statement in shutout win over Salem



Providence coach Larry Denison said the Pioneers’ locker room took the switch of starting quarterback from Nathan Banet to Owen Mattingly well.

Banet, who had started under center for the Pioneers in games during the last three seasons, was replaced by Mattingly following Providence’s 41-21 loss to Indian Creek on Sept. 13.

The Pioneers had an extra week to prepare for incoming Jeffersonville, following a forfeit from Indianapolis Manual the following week, and the Pioneers rode Mattingly, who scored three times and gained 191 yards on the ground, to a 35-13 victory over the favored Red Devils last Friday.  

Denison pointed out that Mattingly and Banet are both seniors and were willing to do what made the team more successful.

And Banet, one of the team’s captains, is still a focal point of the defense and made several tackles against Jeff from the defensive backfield.

“Nathan hasn’t gone anywhere,” Denison said. “He’s a kid we expect to make a lot of plays for us and he’ll continue to do that. We still need his toughness and ability on the field.”

— Jon Reiter


It’s not always sensible to analyze a 53-22 loss like Clarksville had on Friday and bemoan the amount of missed opportunities when the opposition — in this case Silver Creek — is scoring at such a frequent rate. But the Generals would be justified in taking that position.

That’s not to say Clarksville would have won if it had capitalized on the five turnovers the Dragons committed. But the final score in the MSC contest would not have been so one-sided.

Indeed, the one thing the Generals did exceptionally well against Silver Creek was create turnovers. They recovered three of the four fumbles by the Dragons, and they also picked off two passes. It wasn’t in bulk, either: Two of the takeaways occurred in the first half and three in the second.

The pieces were in place for a competitive contest. Unfortunately for Clarksville, the Generals only scored six points off the turnovers — and that touchdown came after the last takeaway, as they came up empty on their first four chances to make Silver Creek pay for its mistakes.

Andrew Wright had both of Clarksville’s interceptions, with the second pick setting up his 12-yard touchdown pass to Jonathon Booth. Clarksville could have made it a ballgame if that sequence had played out a little more often last Friday.

— A.P.

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