Tigers stay perfect by blitzing Blue Devils
Chase Kinemond passed for three touchdowns and ran for a fourth, and a running-back-by-committee also scored three times as Shadyside rolled past homestanding Beallsville, 40-14, Friday night.
Though the state-ranked Tigers (6-0) remained unblemished, head coach Mark Holenka wasn’t exactly thrilled with his team’s performance at times.
“This was like an Oreo cookie game … chocolate on both sides,” Holenka explained. “We just got done with a tough Linsly team and we know Wheeling Central is ahead. This was a tough game.
“As a coaching staff, we probably let down a little bit, and so did the kids, but we bounced back after stumbling a little at the start,” he added. “There were times that we played pretty well, and there were times when we didn’t.”
Shadyside’s Cory Banco fell on a Blue Devils’ fumble at the Tigers’ 38, and two plays later, Kinemond found Chris Littell in the right flat for a 26-yard gain. However, Littell broke free down the far sidelines and outran everyone to the end zone. Cody Hudson made it 7-0 with the first of his four PAT kicks.
Ian Baker returned a Beallsville (1-5) punt 31 yards to set the Tigers up with good field position on their next possession. Starting at their own 46, Littell capped a 6-play, 54-yard march with a 13-yard scamper off left tackle.
The Blue Devils found some success against the Tigers’ defense through the airways as senior Teryn Jarrett passed for 190 of his 260 yards in the first half. His 32-yard strike to Mikey Palmer advanced the ball to the Shadyside 24, but his next attempt was picked off by Brooks Ramsey at the 16.
“That was two times we were down there and shot ourselves in the foot,” said first-year Beallsville head coach Paul Kanzigg. “We were moving the ball on them, but then we made mistakes. “Defensively, we gave up a couple of big plays and you can’t do that against a team like Shadyside.”
After an exchange of punts, Kinemond put the finishing touches on a 4-play, 54-yard scoring drive when he scrambled 32 yards to paydirt. He started to his right and cut back to the middle before breaking outside to the near sidelines. He stumbled around a pack of players and just got inside the pylon. The PAT was blocked, leaving the Orange-clad visitors on top, 20-0.
Beallsville answered right back as it drove 75 yards on 10 plays. Jarrett fired a fourth-down bubble screen to Palmer the the swift sophomore turned into a 15-yard touchdown. Mason Campbell’s extra-point was good as the Blue Devils pulled to within 20-7 with 1:35 left in the half.
A key play on the drive was a 42-yard hookup between Jarrett and Gage Steele.
Shadyside restored its previous margin when Kinemond lobbed the ball to Austin Dorris in the end zone. The 6-5 sophomore outleaped a Blue Devils’ defender for a 28-yard TD grab with 27.4 ticks showing on the clock.
The Tigers marched 54 yards on seven plays with the second-half kickoff as Kinemond found Hudson open in the end zone for a 21-yard scoring connection.
Each team scored a touchdown in the final stanza as Eric Howell scampered 17 yards around left end for Shadyside’s final TD.
Beallsville countered with a 26-yard pass from Jarrett to Steele.
Four different Shadyside ballcarriers picked up at least 44 yards. Ramsey led the way with 63 stripes on nine trips. Howell ended with 49 on nine, while Kinemond collected 45 on six totes. Littell carried four times for 44.
Dorris hauled in four passes for 81 yards. Hudson had two catches.
Beallsville could only muster 24 yards rushing on 15 carries. Bruce Sefert had 18 on nine carries. Steele caught six passes for 109 yards. Ricky Tubaugh (80) and Palmer (70) evenly split 10 receptions.
North can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org