Football: Providence turns back Minooka 38-21
By Dick Goss email@example.com September 7, 2013 12:12AM
Providence quarterback Justin Hunniford hands off to Dominic Lagone against Minooka. | Raymundo Luna/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 9, 2013 11:06PM
The Providence offense is in a hurry to get things accomplished.
When the defense steps up and does its part as it did in Friday night’s 38-21 victory at Minooka, one gets the feeling the Green Machine is back.
“The hurry-up offense we’re running is a nice touch. I think it’s helping us,” said tailback Dominic Lagone, who rushed for 136 yards on 19 carries and scored four touchdowns. “It was fun to run.”
Lagone did his share of earning extra yardage with tacklers hanging on, but he also knows where his bread is buttered.
“Our offensive linemen are all great players,” he said. “They did a fantastic job opening holes.”
Despite playing reserves much of the second half, the Celtics (1-1) totaled 401 yards of offense against a Minooka defense that was without touted end Mark Geers, who broke his collarbone during preseason practice.
Justin Hunniford completed 12-of-23 passes for 179 yards for Providence, including a 36-yard TD to Miles Boykin in the left flat that he used his athleticism to take all the way with 18 seconds left in the first half. That extended the Providence lead to 28-7 and climaxed the Celtics’ third straight scoring drive of the second quarter.
When Providence linebacker James Sharkey’s fumble recovery and Noah Cralle’s interception were turned into 10 quick third-quarter points, it was over.
“We knew we had to come out hot in the second half,” Lagone said. “Against Joliet Catholic last week, uh, not so much.”
The Hilltoppers finished with 505 yards of offense and beat the Celtics 42-35. But a week made all the difference.
The Providence defense held Minooka (1-1) to 27 net yards rushing on 27 attempts. That included 10 yards in 10 carries for leading rusher Nate Gunn.
Shane Briscoe did complete 12-of-20 passes for 138 yards and two touchdowns, one a 60-yarder to Zachry Zamora. Jake Czerniakowski hit 7-of-13 for 59 and ran 20 yards for a score.
Zamora caught eight passes for 112 yards, all in the first half. But the night belonged to the Celtics.
“Our offense continued to do some positive things,” Providence coach Mark Coglianese said. “Lagone did a great job picking his holes. Our offensive line did a great job last week and again in this one.
“Defensively, we got it turned around a little bit. We made some adjustments after last week.”
Minooka coach Paul Forsythe said the Indians knew what they were up against and had to execute better than they did.
“Providence is a good offensive team, and our job was to keep up,” he said. “But it seemed like every series we would move a little, then we’d have a rolling snap or someone slip and fall or some other mistake happen. We did not execute.
“When you do that against a team like Providence, it makes it tough to come back. We showed flashes, but we have to execute better. The consistency is not there yet.”