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Congratulations to the Shadyside Tigers

November 21, 2010 - Michael Palmer
Congratulations to the Shadyside Tigers! They are in the FINAL FOUR and off to the State Semifinals to face Mogadore. I would also like to congratulate Bridgeport on a great season and say a special thanks to their seniors for helping lead their Bulldogs over Newark Catholic. I graduated from Heath high school (also the Bulldogs) and we played the Green Wave every season. So it was heart warming to see Newark Catholic fall 21-20 in Zanesville last week.

Now I have the opportunity to shoot football for a local team in the state semis. The 4 time state champions Mogadore will play Shadyside in the state semifinal this Friday, Nov. 26. At Steubenville’s Harding Stadium kick off 7:30 PM.

I hope fans from all across the OVAC will show up in force with their left over Turkey drumsticks in hand to watch the game and support a local team. Friday Night Forecast: A chance of snow showers. Mostly cloudy, with a low around 25. Chance of precipitation is 30%.

While the Tigers were exacting their revenge for a regular season loss in St Clairsville, scouts for both Shadyside and Bridgeport were in Twinsburg on Friday night, where McDonald fell 28-14 in the Division VI regional championship game to Mogadore.

The Wildcats have defeated McDonald the past four times they’ve met in the postseason.

The box score reveals that the Blue Devils (10-3) had a 14-7 advantage at the half. Their first score coming off of a Mogadore fumble on a punt return that gave them the ball at the 15 yard line.

The box score does not reveal that Mogador (13-0) was able to go 66 yards on 11 plays in the opening drive of the second half to even the game. The Wildcats then scored 21 points in the second half, 14 in the fourth quarter while their defense shut down McDonald.

The win gave them their 15th regional title in school history. McDonald has two.

The Wildcats are a tough team with plenty of size and speed. Mogadore feature’s a senior running back Jake McAvinew, wearing number 29, the 5’10” and 200 pound RB/DL rushed 22 times for 182 yards last Friday, the longest, a 44-yarder.

Seventh-year Mogadore football coach Matt Adorni and seven of his Wildcat gridders were named Northeast Inland All-District by the Associated Press.

First team Division VI selections from Mogadore include: senior offensive lineman Charles Rader, senior running back Jake McAvinew, junior kicker Alex Roebken, senior linebacker Kodey Chance and senior defensive back Kyle Cramer.

Their regular season schedule began with a win over a local team Linsly 21-7 :

The rest of their season loooked like this:

Smithville (2-8) 31-13

Northwestern (5-5) 35-14

Rootstown (5-5) 28-6

Garfield (8-2) 23-20

Woodridge (7-3) 12-7

Streetsboro (5-5) 21-14

Windham (2-8) 41-22

Waterloo (4-6) 42-0

East Canton (2-8) 17-7

Post Season Record:

New Washington Buckeye Central (9-1) 37-21

Thompson Edgemont (11-0) 17-12

The Times Leader will be putting together a special section saluting the Shadyside Tigers and focus this week on previewing the upcoming game.

It is an exciting event and I am looking forward to it with eager anticipation. It is an honor for the area, the OVAc and valley football and it is going to be fun.


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