The Barnesville Shamrocks moved to 3-1 on the year as they knocked off visiting Buckeye Trail, 21-14, Friday evening. The Rocks were paced by another stellar performance from senior Colton Pritchard, who reached the end-zone twice on 75 yards rushing and 93 receiving.
"We have a lot of hard working kids, our kids came back ready to work this week" said Barnesville head coach Matt Johnson after a week one stumble at the hands of John Glenn.
It was all Barnesville in the first half, as it began its night on its first drive covering 63 yards on 10 plays. Shamrock quarterback Kyle Yaquinta found Kyle McIntire for a 27-yard completion before Pritchard capped it off by reaching from 1-yard out. David Brown split the uprights for a 7-0 lead with 7:36 left in the first quarter.
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BARNESVILLE wide receiver Colton Pritchard makes a move to get to the open field against Buckeye Trail Friday night in Belmont County. The Shamrocks won their third straight game, prevailing 21-14.
Just a minute into the second quarter, Barnesville got a little help as Trail was forced to punt. There was no return on the play, but a Buckeye Trail unsportsmanlike conduct penalty moved the Shamrocks up to the Warriors' 24-yard line. Yaquinta needed only one play from scrimmage. He aired out a pass to McIntire for the score. The kick was good.
Heading into the half, just as his team has looked to him all year, Colton Pritchard hauled in a 71-yard Yaquinta toss for his second trip to paydirt which proved to be the final score for the Green.
The Warriors accumulated 80 penalty yards and lost a fumble on the night as first-year head coach Dale Broomhall offered, "We just shot ourselves in the foot in the first half."
The second half scoring belonged all to the Warriors though, as they built themselves a 21-point deficit to overcome. "I'm happy with our kids' effort, they played really well in the second half. I'm very proud of (them)." added Broomhall.
Early in the fourth, Tyler Starr picked up 48 yards on a completion from quarterback Morgan Doughtery. Hard-running Lane Starr then barreled in from 2-yards out just two plays later for Trail's first score. Ian Wildes converted the PAT bringing the margin back to 21-7. "Morgan is really coming along," Broomhall commented of his starting quarterback, who got the nod for just the second time in his career. "We've really made strides, we have improved but we just couldn't create a turnover when we needed it." he added.
The next Barnesville possession resulted in a three-and-out and the hosts were forced to punt from their own 34 yard line. Tyler Starr fielded the punt and scattered up the sideline for a 66-yard return at the 7:10 mark.
During the Warriors' final drive, they would convert 2 first downs but consecutive incomplete Dougherty passes turned the ball back over to Barnesville for the last time with the final seconds ticking away as the Shamrocks held on for the win.
Yaquinta ended the night 8-of-16 for 179 yards through the air. Pritchard led all rushers with 75 yards on 23 totes, and receivers with 93 yards on 2 catches with a rushing TD. "You have to give their kids credit. They didn't quit." Johnson credited the opposing team. "Our last couple games, our defense has played well. I'm proud of the defense the way they have come on the last three weeks. We have had our defense on the field at the end and they have been a resilient bunch."
Barnesville will continue its 2012 campaign with a trip to Shenandoah next week while the Bulldogs of Bridgeport visit Old Washington to face off against Trail.