Multiple Teams · Football: Dragons “D” Puts the Clamps on Pioneers

CLARKSVILLE — Silver Creek kicked off the area’s newest rivalry with a 22-0 defeat of host Providence at Murphy Stadium on Saturday.

The Dragons (3-0) still haven’t allowed a point this season. Keeping the shutout streak alive against the Pioneers (0-3) made the win even more enjoyable for Class 4A’s No. 14 team.

“It means a lot,” fullback Jacob Garrett said. “I know in basketball it’s a huge rivalry between us and I just, I don’t like these guys. So it feels really good to get this win like we did, getting the shutout.”

The loss for Providence ends a brutal 3-game stretch to open the season against Class 5A’s New Albany and Floyd Central and the Dragons. The 2A Pioneers are happy to see similar-sized schools on the horizon.

“We still have a lot of faith and we’re not going to give up,” Providence coach Larry Denison said. “We’ve been talking about that all year. The schedule is very tough. We’re going to continue to keep working and get better. Down the road, there’s some teams that are more our size. We finally get to play a 2A school next week in Clarksville. … We’ve got some schools that we feel like we can play with, but we’ve got to do a better job than we did tonight.”

Silver Creek opened the scoring on the first drive of the night. After an Elijah Bays run on 4th down kept the drive alive, Garrett punched in a score from the 1-yard line.

Neither team moved the ball with any success for the rest of the first quarter. In fact, Providence was held to minus-2 total yards in the first 12 minutes.

The first two Pioneer first downs came in the second quarter via passes from quarterback Joe Denis to Bryce Drury. The junior wideout had six catches on the night for 57 yards.

Providence got inside the Silver Creek 40 before Dylan Goodlett picked off Denis and took it back to the Pioneers’ 37.

The drive that followed the interception was capped off by a 3-yard touchdown run from Garrett with just 32 seconds to go in the half. Garrett had 95 rush yards on the night.

Providence, which had just 37 total yards in the first half, came out with a punch in the third quarter.

The Pioneers had two drives go inside the Dragons’ 30, but were stopped on fourth down twice. The second drive came down to a 4th-and-inches play on the 29-yard line, which Silver Creek stuffed.

“In the second half, we came out with a little desire,” Denison said. “We challenged them to come out and play with some more heart. We moved the ball on them, but we can’t be satisfied with a moral victory.”

Daniel Barrett tacked on a 25-yard field goal with five seconds to go in the third to make it 16-0. The drive was energized by a 39-yard run by Brannon Russell, who led the Dragons with 97 yards on 13 carries.

“[Russell]’s been doing that for us,” Dablow said. “He can hit some big ones for us. It’s nice to have those two guys in the backfield in addition to our sweepers. You never know which way the ball’s going to go, hopefully.”

Providence got down to the 4-yard line early in the fourth quarter on a drive that began at the Dragons’ 45 thanks to a solid kick return from Jonah Scott. Back-to-back incomplete passes on third- and fourth-and-goal kept the hosts out of the end zone.

“That was definitely a turning point in the game,” Garrett said. “There were a couple instances on that drive where we could’ve stopped them, but we just kept our feet to the ground and didn’t fall back. We didn’t break and finished the job. It was great.”

Silver Creek followed the stop with an 8-minute, 18-second drive that traveled 94 yards. It was capped off by Bays’ 14-yard touchdown run with 40 seconds to go.

Providence hosts Clarksville (0-3) this Friday. Silver Creek will look to continue its 12-quarter shutout streak at home against Eastern (1-2, 1-1 Mid-Southern) the same night.

“We knew that the defense was going to be really good,” Dablow said. “They’ve been working really hard. I think it’s just those guys are playing hungry right now. They’ve taken it personally and really accepted the challenge. They don’t want to let anybody score at this point. When it does happen, because it will, I hope it fires them up rather than go the other way.”


Silver Creek     6  7  3  6—22

Providence      0  0  0  0—0


First quarter

S — Jacob Garrett 1 run (kick blocked), 8:17.

Second quarter

S — Garrett 3 run (Daniel Barrett kick), 0:32.

Third quarter

S — Barrett 25 field goal, 0:05.

Fourth quarter

S — Elijah Bays 14 run (Barrett miss), 0:40.


Passing: Silver Creek (2-6-44-0): Josh Landers 2-6-44-0; Providence (8-19-66-1): Joe Denis 8-19-66-1.

Rushing: Silver Creek (58-298): Brannon Russell 13-97, Jacob Garrett 20-95, Isesis Lukes 12-57; Providence (24-42): Kevin Smith 10-34, Kaden Williams 10-15.

Receiving: Silver Creek: Bennett Beyl 2-44; Providence: Bryce Drury 6-57, Williams 2-9.

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