Gordo Falls at Providence Christian 23-20

BY BRIAN HAMILTON, Sports Correspondent

Gordo saw its season come to an end Friday night, as the Greenwave went on their second long road trip in as many weeks to face Providence Christian in Dothan. The two teams faced off in the first round of the 2017 playoffs and Gordo came away with a 34-7 win. Unfortunately, the Greenwave did not have the same result this year, losing 23-20.

“As a whole, I thought our team did a great job,” Gordo head coach Ryan Lolley said. “Our defense replaced nine starters and we had nine guys starting for the first time, but man they showed up. They played out of their minds and I think they caused 30 turnovers on the year.”

Providence Christian went on a 10-play, 80-yard drive to start the game and scored on a 23-yard run by Wise Gordon to take a 7-0 lead. Gordo answered on the next drive when Troy Garner Jr. ran for an 18-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7-7 with 4:28 to go in the first quarter.

The Eagles took a 13-7 lead early in the second quarter when Gordo took off for a 68-yard touchdown on the first play of the quarter. The Greenwave would tie the game at 13-13 when Alkwon Manning returned a fumble 55 yards for a score with 5:38 to go in the first half.

Wilson Bendon scored on a 15-yard touchdown with one minute left in the second quarter to put Providence Christian ahead 20-13, but Gordo would respond when Tanner Bailey hit T.J. Billups for a 33-yard touchdown pass with 16 second left in the first half to send the game to halftime tied 20-20.

The Eagles would take a 23-20 lead midway through the third quarter when David Warren booted a 35-yard field goal through the uprights with 5:35 left in the quarter. Warren’s field goal would ultimately be the deciding factor in the game, as Gordo was never able to put any more points on the board, falling to Providence Christian 23-20.

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