Tigers cruise past Bulldogs to 9-0

It’s safe to say that not one player on the Shadyside football team was born when Bachman-Turner Overdrive had the hit song “Takin’ Care of Business” in the 1970s.

Heck, some of their parents were probably just youngsters themselves.

Regardless, the Tigers took care of their business quickly and in a big way Friday night.

The state-ranked Tigers got off to a quick start and put it into overdrive early in cruising to a 49-13 victory over outmanned Bridgeport on a soggy Perkins Field inside Bill Jobko Stadium in Brookside.

Shadyside, which entered the game in the No. 4 spot in Division VI, Region 21, is now 9-0 and will look to complete a perfect season next Friday at Barnesville. Only one other Tigers team has finished 10-0, that coming in 1977.

“We were pretty efficient in the first half,” said Shadyside head coach Mark Holenka. “We jumped out on them early. We came here and got done what we wanted to. We got everybody in the game and, despite a few bumps and bruises, everyone is healthy for next week.”

The Tigers, who were also atop the OVAC Class 2-A standings, scored 21 points on nine offensive plays in the first quarter alone. A pair of partially blocked punts on Bridgeport’s first two possessions resulted in 14 points as senior quarterback Chase Kinemond capped a 3-play, 42-yard drive with a 11-yard run. Cody Hudson would split the uprights on the first of his six PATs.

Brooks Ramsey rumbled 4 yards after the second blocked punt as the count grew to 14-0. The Orange-and-Black marched 37 yards on five plays the next time it had the ball, with lineman Cory Banco crashing over from a yard out for a 21-0 count.

All three times the Bulldogs had the ball they started at their own 20 after Hudson boomed the kickoffs into the end zone.

“They are a good team and they played like it,” said Bridgeport head coach Rudy Vavrock of Shadyside. “They’ve got a weapon in their kicker and he pinned us deep every time in the first quarter. We couldn’t get out of that big hole.

“Offensively, they are really good team and we had a hard time slowing them down.”

Shadyside reached the end zone on its first two possessions of the second quarter. Junior Chris Littell busted up the middle for a 15-yard scoring jaunt and, after Dillon Tomlinson picked off a Bridgeport pass, Alex Quinn sprinted 9 yards to paydirt for a 35-0 halftime margin.

It became 42-0 midway through the third quarter when Jacob Spencer, the other half of Shadyside’s ‘jumbo’ package bulled his way in from three yards out.

The Bulldogs avoided being shutout, and also snapped the Tigers’ string of scoreless quarters at 10 straight, when senior tailback Dallas Fields, who had been bottled up all night, broke loose for a 76-yard dash. The extra-point was blocked.

Shadyside responded with an 8-play, 67-yard drive that took nearly six minutes off the clock. Sophomore Austin Dorris rolled right and scampered to the end zone from 10 yards out. Jake Haswell tacked on the final PAT.

Bridgeport concluded the scoring when Patrick Britton found the end zone from 11 yards out. Gabriel Bogoni kicked the extra-point.

“We played well in all phases of the game,” Holenka allowed. “Those two blocked punts got us going early and our special teams got us good field position and our defense played strong.”

Shadyside accumulated 369 total yards, with 237 of those stripes coming on the ground. Ten different Tigers lugged the leather and seven of them scored touchdowns. Leading the way was Littell with 71 on seven totes. Ramsey finished with 43 on the same amount of carries.

Kinemond completed 6 of 7 passes for 80 yards, while Dorris went 4-for-8 for 52 yards. Hudson caught three for 34 yards. Littell had two receptions for 34 stripes and Dorris hauled in two for 28.

Bridgeport totalled just 157 yards of total offense. However, if you take away Fields’ long run and a 47-yard scamper by Britton, the Bulldogs didn’t muster much offensive firepower. In fact, they had minus one yard at the half.

Fields and Britton both ran for 77 yards, with Fields doing it on 13 carries and Britton on eight. Bailey McGrath, who injured his left ankle late in the first half and watched the second half in sweats, went 2 of 6 for 33 yards.

Shadyside led 21-5 in first downs.

Bridgeport (2-7) completes its season next Friday with a trip to Cameron.

North can be reached at knorth@timesleaderonline.com