Providence snatches victory from Panthers
Alan Stewart, Contributing Writer
Visiting Providence rallied from a 21-6 half-time deficit to turn back Corydon Central, 34-27, Friday night. It was the second consecutive week for the Pioneers to snatch victory from the jaws of defeat having zipped past Milan, 35-21, after trailing 21-7 earlier in a ballgame two weeks ago.
After the intermission at Corydon Central, Providence picked off Nolan Adams and scored shortly after. Then, on the ensuing possession, the guests wound up jumping on a Corydon Central fumble in the end zone in less than two minutes of clock.
Corydon Central’s Waylon Debaldo had a monster night with three interceptions and hauled in a 41-yard pass from quarterback Nolan Adams, who would end the offensive possession with a six-yard touchdown run. Adams had three TDs for the night, and Debaldo scored as time expired. Hunter Schmitt rushed for 75 yards on 13 carries on the night for Corydon Central. On defense, Dakota Jones had a sack and a tackle for loss on back-to-back plays midway through the affair.
“Them picking up two scores to in a minute-and-a-half to start the second half, we just couldn’t get anything back in the third quarter. Once the momentum switched we just couldn’t get it going again,” Corydon Central coach Aaron Humphrey said. “Waylon made a big catch and did a great job and was in great position three times. Him, along with some younger guys, just keep stepping up for us. They’ve been thrown to the fire early and have answered the bell for us. I challenged them Wednesday at practice to come out and play like we are capable of playing. I was super proud of the way we came out and played.
“Nolan gave us a spark running the ball in the first half,” he said. “In the second half, they shut him down a little bit. If each individual gets better, then the team gets better and our guys have done that so far. Tonight is proof we are getting better, and I’m super proud of these guys.”
Sophomore Thomas Lynch led all rushers with 120 yards on 18 carries for the Pioneers.
Corydon Central (0-7, 0-5 Mid-Southern Conference) will close the regular season Friday night at Silver Creek (4-3, 3-1), which is coming off a 28-27 loss to Brownstown Central that gave the Braves the league title.