Prov­i­dence stuns West Meck to share SoMeck 4A ti­tle

The Charlotte Observer - - Front Page - BY HERB WHITE

Prov­i­dence High is headed into the post­sea­son on a roll.

The Pan­thers notched their fifth straight win and a share of the SoMeck 4A ti­tle with a 48- 8 vic­tory Fri­day against home­com­ing op­po­nent West Meck­len­burg.

Prov­i­dence, which shares the crown with Ar­drey Kell and West Meck­len­burg, jumped on the Hawks quickly, build­ing a 20-point lead in the sec­ond quar­ter and hold­ing them in check through­out.

West Meck­len­burg, which had won eight straight and had a onegame cush­ion to­ward the out­right ti­tle, strug­gled to get into gear, es­pe­cially in the air.

The Hawks fin­ished with 126 yards to­tal of­fense, in­clud­ing 56 pass­ing.

Prov­i­dence re­ceiver Will Kakav­it­sas put in a big per­for­mance with four touch­downs, in­clud­ing three in the air. He fin­ished with six catches for 138 yards. Records: West Meck­len­burg 8-2, 5-1 con­fer­ence; Prov­i­dence 6- 5, 5-1.

3 WHO MAT­TERED Will Kakav­it­sas:

The Prov­i­dence re­ceiver was ev­ery­where, with three first-half re­cep­tions for 102 yards and a score and a 43-yard pass to Patrick Bloom­ing­burg on a fake punt to set up an­other. He also scored on a 9-yard run to open the on­slaught. Ma­son Boothe: Kakav­it­sas’ bat­tery mate hit 11of-19 passes for 185 yards and three touch­downs. Jamar Price: Run­ning back helped Prov­i­dence con­trol the ball and mo­men­tum with nine car­ries for 56 yards in the first half.

WORTH MEN­TION­ING

West Meck­len­burg’s only other loss was a 21-14 set­back to Vance in the sea­son opener.

Prov­i­dence, which fin­ished with 119 rush­ing yards, piled up 91 yards on 22 first-half car­ries.

The Pan­thers fin­ished with 228 yards pass­ing.

Jamar Tay­lor split time be­tween quar­ter­back and tail­back from the wild­cat for­ma­tion for West Meck­len­burg.

He tal­lied 55 yards rush­ing and passed for 56 more.

De­fen­sive tackle Gavin Reeder lived a line­man’s dream when he rum­bled 51 yards with an in­ter­cep­tion for a score that boosted Prov­i­dence’s ad­van­tage to 41- 8.

West Meck­len­burg tal­lied four sacks, while the Pan­thers man­aged five.

WHAT’S NEXT

State play­offs for both teams.

PHO­TOS BY NELL RED­MOND

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