But, bucket-dumping was the least of the Eagles’ worries after a thrilling 41-21 performance earned first-year coach Scott Ryle his first win with the program.
North Cobb Christian (1-5) used a heavy dose of the ground attack, going to sophomore tailback David Brittingham 21 times. Brittingham didn’t disappoint, rushing for 280 yards and three touchdowns to help the team to its first victory.
“I honestly don’t know how to describe it,” Brittingham said. “We worked so hard for this moment.”
Brittingham eclipsed 100 yards before the first half ended. His first two scoring runs helped the Eagles to a 14-0 first-quarter lead.
“I couldn’t have done it without my line, they’re a blessing to me. I’ve also gotta praise God,” Brittingham said. “There’s some bumps and bruises everywhere. I tried my best to maintain my leadership on the team and allow us to reach our true potential.”
The Eagles continued to extend the lead, going to talented receiver John Towne, who scored on the ground and through the air from within 10 yards to give North Cobb Christian a 28-7 halftime lead.
Providence seemed to gain some momentum in the third quarter, thanks to the performance of dual-threat quarterback Jeremy Hardnett, who completed 13 of 20 passes for 163 yards and three scores, while rushing 15 times for 49 yards.
“(Hardnett) is a special player. I don’t know what year he is, but hopefully he’s a senior,” Ryle said. “He’s going to be a heck of a football player for them. (Defensive coordinator Bill) Parker had a great defensive game plan and did a good job of slowing him down. That’s what you have to do against a good athlete like that.”
Towne scored his third touchdown of the game, from 15 yards out, to put the game out of reach in the fourth, at 35-14. However, it was a big sack on fourth down by the Eagles that ignited the crowd, as the Eagles never let up despite the lack of depth.
“With only 23 guys, it’s the 23 guys that I want,” said a drenched. “I keep on telling them I’m glad it’s only 23, because those are the ones working. I’m so proud of every one of them. This was a team performance. The offensive line did a heck of a job of opening holes and the defense was tough.”