Player of the game: Fort White’s Javiel Jones did everything, hauling in a 41-yard touchdown pass, returning a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown, forcing a fumble on special teams to go with a fourth-quarter interception and also had two pass breakups as the Indians put a damper on the opening of Providence’s new Selman Field.
Turning point: With 2:22 left in the third quarter and the Stallions (0-2) holding a 23-21 lead, Providence went for it on fourth-and-7 from the Fort White 8. Kanell Stewart picked off a pass in the end zone, and the Indians (2-0) went on a 16-play TD drive to grab the lead, controlling the ball for all but 45 seconds of the game’s final 14:22.
On defense: Stewart had two interception and recovered a fumble. … Chandler Kerr and Jacob Larson each had two tackles for loss for the Stallions.
Fast facts: Fort White converted four fourth-down attempts and gained 101 of its 198 total yards in the final quarter. … The Indians forced five turnovers.
They said it: “They’re in our region (1-3A). We’re not in the same district, but we felt this was like a district game that we had to come out and get. ” — Fort White coach Demetric Jackson, on how the new playoff format made this non-district game important.
Lee Goddard For the Times-Union