September 10, 2008 The Floyd Central Highlanders held on for an impressive 28-23 road victory against rival Providence on Friday, Aug. 29, at Murphy Stadium in Clarksville.
Floyd Central took a 28-17 lead on junior quarterback Max Guenther's 25-yard touchdown run. The Highlander defense recovered a fumble as the Pioneers (0-2) were looking for the winning touchdown with just over one minute remaining in the game to hold on for a 28-23 win. The victory propelled Floyd Central to 2-0 on the season, matching the Highlanders' win total from a year ago.
"Any time you beat Providence it's a big deal," Floyd Central coach Brian Glesing said.
The second-year coach lost to the Pioneers at home last year, 26-14. Glesing said the difference in the game was turnovers. Providence had two second half turnovers, sealing their fate.
Glesing also gave credit to senior kicker Cole Richards. Richards booted most kickoffs into the endzone, placing the Pioneers at their own 20-yard line.
"His kickoffs were huge," he said.
The coach admitted his team still has some work to do to get where it wants to be.
Guenther led the Highlander attack, completing 7 of 9 attempts for 119 yards and rushing 128 yards and three touchdowns with 16 carries. Junior running back Aaron Sparks added the other touchdown, contributing 86 yards on the ground. Senior Ryan Wimsatt had an impressive evening with three receptions for 50 yards.
Providence senior running back Ethan Cook had an excellent outing with 219 yards, 159 in the first half when the Pioneers built a 17-14 lead.