The New Brockton Gamecocks (1-6, 1-4) saw their playoff hopes dashed as they lost to the Providence Christian Eagles (4-5, 2-3) by a score of 50-15 on the road on Oct. 16.
With two region wins to close out the regular season, the Gamecocks could have secured the fourth and final Class 3A, Region 2 playoff spot, but the Eagles left little doubt in the outcome of the game after putting up 36 points in the first quarter alone.
New Brockton’s offense couldn’t get going early and the Gamecock defense simply couldn’t stop the Eagle offense from scoring at will.
Providence Christian scored on each of its first five possessions, including a 3-yard run, a 55-yard run, a 35-yard pass, a 32-yard run and a 21-yard pass. The Eagles added a two-point conversion and four PATs.
The Eagles extended their lead with a 29-yard touchdown pass in the second quarter before the Gamecocks finally got on the scoreboard on a 4-yard touchdown run from quarterback Kaden Cupp. Cupp added the two-point try to cut the lead to 43-8.
The Eagles again scored on a 3-yard run in the third quarter to extend the lead to 50-8. Cupp scored his second touchdown on a 47-yard run in the fourth quarter and the PAT cut the lead to 50-15, which is where it would stand when the final whistle blew.
Providence Christian rolled up 242 yards rushing and 385 total yards, while New Brockton was able to manage 294 total yards.
Cupp completed 18-of-26 pass attempts for 88 yards and also rushed for 121 yards on 20 carries with two rushing touchdowns. Julian Noble added 73 yards rushing on 11 carries and Avery Weed led the Gamecock receivers with three catches for 54 yards.
Matthew Smith led the New Brockton defense with seven tackles, while Karyus McNabb added five tackles and a tackle-for-loss. Noble also recorded four tackles on defense.