Tigers cruise to 3-0 start

The Shadyside Tigers improved their record to 3-0 after a triumph of the homestanding Toronto Red Knights Friday night.

The Tigers hopped on the board early and never looked back as the Tigers ran a final margin of 54-13.

“Overall, I was pleased with the offense and the defense,” head coach Mark Holenka conveyed. “We just try to grow a little bit each game.”

The Tigers rushed for 244 yards. They were led by senior Brooks Ramsey, with 96 stripes on 9 totes. Classmate Alex Quinn added 22 yards, good for 2 scores on the same amount of carries. Shadyside began its night with a 6-play, 46-yard drive that was capped off by Chase Kinemond. The quarterback executed a pair of nifty fake handoffs before taking off around the right side for the score. On the next Tiger drive, Alex Quinn reached paydirt from 12 yards out for his first score.

At the 3:53 mark, a Toronto fumble was recovered by Austin Dorris, who scooped and scored from on the 9. Just two minutes later, Dorris snagged a Kinemond pass from 31 yards out for his second touchdown in as many minutes.

The half was capped off by Quinn, who would take a handoff from 10-yards out in to the endzone, giving Shadyside a 41-0 lead at half.

The Red Knights got things going in the second half as they forced a 3-and-out on Shadyside’s opening drive. A 7-play, 61-yard ensured as Chez Glenn busted in with 6:37 left in the third quarter. The Red Knights weren’t done there as they forced another Tiger 3-and-out. Joey Chadwick started the drive on a 45-yard scamper making several Shadyside defenders to miss. He would also split the uprights on the PAT narrowing the margin to 41-13 at the 1:14 mark in the third.

“We did move the ball well at times,” Toronto head coach Eric Meek offered. “Our offense is ahead of our defense right now”

It was all Shadyside the rest of the way out, as the Orange extended its lead to put the game out of reach. Brett Kahl crossed the goal line from a yard out, followed by Cole Tiger who added another on the ground.

“Coach Holenka is doing a great job. It’s a class program and we want to get there,” said Meek of his counterpart. “We have to get our heads up. We have alot of football to play, and I believe in these kids. This staff will not give up on these kids.”

Holenka was pleased with his team’s performance, but focused on areas of improvement after a dominating performance by his squad.

“There’s some holes in there. We still have to tighten some bolts up,” Holenka said. “We just try to grow a little bit each game.”

The Tiger edged the Red Knights out on first downs, 19 and 9. Both teams were set back 32-yards on penalties. Ramsey’s 96 led all rushers, while Dorris’ 31 yards led all receivers.

The Tigers also received fine play from senior Cody Hudson, who caught a 21-yard touchdown and booted four PATs.

Shadyside seeks a 4-0 start next Friday when it returns to the road to take on Shenandoah.