Providence overwhelms Bradley
By Tina Akouris firstname.lastname@example.org October 27, 2012 12:14AM
Providence Celtics linebacker Jack Fordon (49) causes a fumble on a sack against Bradley Boilermakers quarterback Seth Pallissard (21) at Providence High School in New Lenox, Illinois, Friday, Oct. 26, 2012. | Michael DiNovo~For Sun-Times Media
Updated: November 29, 2012 6:35AM
Brandon Price scored three touchdowns as Providence beat Bradley 44-7 in a Class 7A first-round playoff game Friday night in New Lenox.
Providence (8-2) advances to the second round and will play Lincoln-Way East. Bradley closed at 6-4.
Price, the Celtics’ leading rusher, scored on runs of 5, 3 and 1 yards and rushed for 78 yards on 18 carries. The 5-foot-7, 177-pound senior has 19 touchdowns on the season.
“Coach (Mark Coglianese) talked about starting out (fast) from the get-go,” Price said. “And we got the ball at the 20 on the first drive and didn’t score, but after that we got right to it and established the running game early.”
Providence’s offense was so efficient, the Celtics didn’t have to punt until early in the fourth quarter. Coglianese pulled most of his starters at the beginning of that last quarter.
Price got the Celtics out to a 14-0 lead with his two first-half touchdowns.
Two Bradley fumbles midway through the second quarter resulted in Providence touchdowns, as the Celtics began to blow the game open.
Coglianese knew those turnovers would be significant.
“Our offensive line played well, and Brandon Price doesn’t need a huge hole,” Coglianese said. “He can make things happen for us. We’re up by 14, but the turning point was when the defense got those two turnovers (in the first half) and that blew the game open and put us in a more comfortable position.”
The Boilermakers’ first miscue came at the 7:08 mark of the second quarter. Defensive lineman Joshua Pericht picked up a Bradley fumble and returned it 12 yards to the 5-yard line. That set up David Kaminski’s 5-yard touchdown run, his first TD of the season
On the very next Bradley possession, the Boilermakers fumbled again. This time, Celtics lineman Jeff Cesario picked up the loose ball and returned it 26 yards for a touchdown as the hosts went ahead 28-0.
Bradley got on the board at the 6:06 mark of the second quarter when Colin Holderman tossed a 3-yard scoring pass to Cory Lacy.
Kaminski (4 carries, 39 yards, 2 TDs) scored again with 1:10 to play in the first half on a 15-yard run, upping the Celtics’ lead to 35-7.
The Boilermakers committed their third turnover early in the third quarter when Holderman was intercepted, and their fourth miscue with 8:37 to play in the game.