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Highlanders crush Pioneers, 60-34


September 11, 2013
The Floyd Central Highlanders put up three quick touchdowns in the early going of their home game against rival Providence, cruising to a 60-34 win Friday, Aug. 31.

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Floyd Central's Brandon Stout makes this diving catch in front of Providence's Ben Hauber late in the Highlanders' 60-34 win. Photo by Wade Bell
"I was really proud of our kids," Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing said. "That's eight quarters we've played pretty hard. I'm pretty excited about the start to the season that we've had."

Floyd Central came out on fire and ready to play, scoring the first four touchdowns of the game. Colton Kimm hit Austin Carl just over two minutes into the game for a 48-yard touchdown pass for a 7-0 lead. Then, Elijah Miller and Garry Posey both scored on running plays from three and eight yards, respectively, for a 19-0 lead. Less than a minute into the second period, Kimm hit Carl again, this time from 54 yards, as the Highlanders took a 25-0 lead.

Providence finally got on the board with 9:42 left in the half, when Nathan Banet threw to Mason Hublar for a 14-yard touchdown.

Neither team scored the remainder of the half, and the Highlanders took a 25-7 lead to the locker room at halftime.

"We had to stop Providence's running game," Glesing said. "Providence, like us, if you stop the running game, that's going to be the key to victory. We were able to stop their running game. We had a couple of breakdowns on the pass defense, but, all in all, we stopped their running game, and that was the key to our success."

Providence, however, was keeping the game close with its passing game. Half a minute into the third period Banet threw to Ben Hauber for a 19-yard touchdown, closing the gap to eleven. Floyd Central countered with a 9-yard run from Miller, but Banet threw to Owen Matting for a 27-yard strike.

"It's a war," Glesing told his team. "We just let them back in."

Then came the play of the game, when Floyd Central senior Nick Uhl bulled his way through the Providence line. Uhl, who can leg press more than 500 pounds, pulled a half-dozen Pioneers with him as he pushed toward the goal line. Uhl finally broke free and went in to score, giving the Highlanders a 39-20 lead.

"The game was still close at that point," Glesing said. "It was a 12-point game when Uhl broke that big scrum and got out. That was probably the big play of the game. That got us the three-score lead. We could get a little bit more defensively and not get so tight. That was a big deal. They came out in the second half and scored in 25 seconds. Then, they almost got the onside kick. It was a tight game until Uhl's run there. It was the killer."

Posey intercepted a Providence pass to end the third period then scored early in the fourth. Minutes later, Gabriel Kennedy ran a punt return 60 yards to score for a 53-20 Highlanders lead.

Providence scored again on a Nick Hayes 3-yard run, but Gaige Kingsmith later countered with a 50-yard burst.

Conner Johnson got the final score of the game on a 47-yard Providence run, but it wasn't enough for the Pioneers, as Floyd Central got the 60-34 win.

"Turnovers were the key," Glesing said of the Pioneers four giveaways. "We got some early turnovers on them. The first quarter, we had great field position, which really set up some touchdowns for us to get ahead of them. Then, we could throw the ball over the top a little bit and gamble a little bit on some big plays. We were able to hit the big play there early."

The Highlanders finished with 445 yards of offense. Floyd Central carried the ball 37 times for 214 yards, and Kimm completed 13 of 22 passes for 231 yards. Kingsmith carried 21 times for 129 yards, and Posey had 10 ground plays for 48 yards. Carl caught four passes for 118 yards, and Brandon Stout caught four for 62 yards.

On defense, Miller had six tackles while John Strobel, Nick Wagner and Stout had four each.

"Colton is a great football player and a great quarterback," Glesing said. "He forced it a couple of times but also he made some great throws on the wheel routes. He made a couple of good decisions and is only going to get better. Our whole line is going to get better, too."

"We did a good job at pass protection," Glesing said. "Our line, we had some penalties that had some touchdowns called back, but our pass protection was, like, night and day better than it was last week. If we're able to do that and get our running game going a little bit, we put up 60. We did it differently in the way we've done it in the past."

Providence finished with 272 yards of offense. The Pioneers ran 28 ground plays for 142 yards and completed just six of 19 passes for 130 yards. The Pioneers had just six first downs to Floyd Central's 12.

"I thought Providence came out and had a good game plan in the third quarter and got some scores," the Floyd Central coach said. "But we did bounce back, and that was huge. It shows our character. We could have easily folded up. It looked like there to start the second half it was going to be a game down to the wire. But we bounced back, so there was some big-time senior leadership up there to get us going."

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