The 2019 New Brockton Gamecock’s season got off a start very similar to that of the 2018 Gamecocks as New Brockton fell to the Providence Christian Eagles (1-0) by a score of 42-13 at home on Friday, Aug. 23.
The Gamecocks fell behind early and the punishing running game from Providence Christian never relented.
“Obviously it wasn’t the result we wanted,” New Brockton coach Zack Holmes said. “It was a good test for us but we didn’t execute to the level we wanted to. We just didn’t pass that test.
“As long as we learn from that moving forward, all of our goals are still sitting in front of us. It’s a lot better finding out where you are on week zero than on week eight. We just have to work on getting to where we want to go.”
After neither team was able to get their offense moving early in the game, Providence Christian finally got going late in the opening period.
The Eagles capped off a 10-play, 67-yard drive with a 9-yard touchdown run from fullback Grant Weatherford with 3:33 left in the first quarter. A two-point conversion gave Providence Christian an 8-0 lead.
After a New Brockton three-and-out Providence Christian scored again when all-state running back Wise Gordon punched in a 5-yard touchdown run with 13 seconds remaining in the period. The PAT failed and the Eagles led 14-0.
Providence Christian wasn’t done in the first quarter, however, as the Eagles kicked and recovered an onside kick on the ensuing kickoff and started the second quarter on offense again.
After the two sides exchanged punts, Providence Christian got on the board again with a 66-yard touchdown run from Wise with 9:06 remaining in the first half. The PAT extended the Eagle lead to 21-0.
Finally, the Gamecocks were able to get some momentum on offense after quarterback Kaden Cupp exploded for a 54-yard run, which then set up Cupp’s 7-yard touchdown pass to tight end Russell Weeks. The PAT cut Providence Christian’s lead to 21-7 and, at least momentarily, the Gamecocks looked to be turning the momentum.
The Eagles then proceeded to methodically march down the field and punch in yet another touchdown as Wise scored on a 21-yard run with 4:55 left in the half. The PAT gave Providence Christian a 28-7 lead.
The two sides traded punts for the remainder of the half and Providence Christian took the 28-7 lead into halftime.
After the Gamecocks started out the third quarter with another three-and-out, Providence Christian scored again on a 13-yard touchdown run from quarterback Collins McClintock with 6:45 left in the period. The PAT gave the Eagles a 35-7 lead.
The Gamecocks managed to answer with their best drive of the night, a 10-play, 71-yard drive capped off with a 21-yard touchdown toss from Cupp to Weeks with 3:11 left in the third quarter. The PAT failed and Providence Christian still led 35-13.
Providence Christian once again responded to a Gamecock score with a score of their own, as McClintock scored on a 22-yard touchdown scamper with 1:07 left in the third quarter. The PAT extended the Eagle lead to 42-13.
The two sides traded punts in the fourth quarter and Providence Christian headed back to Houston County with a 42-13 win.
In total, Providence Christian rushed for 367 yards, while New Brockton mustered just 254 yards of total offense.
The Gamecock offense was led by Cupp with 70 yards rushing and 118 yards passing with two touchdowns. Cupp completed 10-of-25 pass attempts.
Running back Kyan Horne added 57 yards on nine rushing attempts, while Weeks caught six passes for 72 yards and two touchdowns.
Defensive lineman Brandon McCoy had nine tackles and half of a sack to lead the defense.
Wise led the Providence Christian rushing attack with 193 yards and three touchdowns on 24 carries.