Tigers steamroll by Warriors to reach 8-0

Shadyside head coach Mark Holenka admitted he was concerned about a hangover for his team this week.

The Tigers’ fourth-year mentor saw his club post arguably its biggest win of the last week when it blanked Wheeling Central, 14-0.

And for a little more than a half, the Tigers didn’t bring the same intensity Friday night in their home finale against Buckeye Trail.

However, the stern message at halftime evidently came across loud and clear because the Tigers turned it on and eventually posted their eighth consecutive victory by a 27-0 score against the Warriors.

“It is what it is,” Holenka said. “We didn’t come out with the focus that I would have liked, but we were good enough to bend and not break. Then we started playing real football. I’d like to win some games without having to go into the lockerroom and saying, ‘Hey! We need to get our acts in gear,’ and enjoy these games a little bit.”

It appeared as if it could headed toward enjoyable. Shadyside senior defensive back Chase Kinemond picked off a Warriors’ pass.

Then, six plays later, Kinemond converted a fourth-down pass for an 18-yard touchdown to classmate Cody Hudson, who also booted the PAT making it 7-0 with 6:22 to play in the first quarter.

The Tigers appeared to be headed to points on their second drive, but the march stalled on the 13 and a 30-yard field goal try was wide left.

Outside of three plays, the remaining 12-plus minutes of the first half was all Warriors.

“Shadyside’s good and we’re getting better,” said first-year Warriors’ coach Dale Broomhall. “We’re not last year’s team. We’re working hard and getting better every week. We had some chances early, but we couldn’t take advantage of them and you just can’t do that against state-ranked teams.”

Shadyside was on its heels at times in the first half as the Warriors found some things that worked by attacking the Tigers’ defense with their running game.

The Warriors had a 14-play drive that ended with a punt and then marched to the 5-yard line in 11 plays before Shadyside sophomore Austin Dorris stepped in front of a pass in the end zone to thwart that drive.

“Give Trail credit because they ran the ball at us on our weak side,” Holenka said. “They executed well enough to keep the ball away from us.”

Shadyside cranked up the offense in the third quarter. Kinemond and Hudson hooked up again on a 66-yard gainer down the seam on a third-and-long play which seemed to ignite the Tigers.

“That play really broke it open for us and we started playing better,” Holenka said.

Three plays later, Kinemond found junior Chris Littell all alone in the right flat for a 6-yard touchdown. Hudson was perfect on another PAT.

The Tigers forced another Warriors’ punt and took over on their 9. With the running of Brooks Ramsey and a 33-yard gainer by Littell. Kinemond finished the drive with a 37-yard burst.

The Kinemond to Hudson combination hooked up again to cap the scoring on a 21-yard play with just under 6 minutes to play in the game.

Kinemond finished with another productive night under center. He completed 7-of-10 passes for 173 yards. Ramsey came up 2 yards shy of his first 100-yard game of the season. Hudson caught four balls for 119 yards.

The Tigers’ defense received strong play from Dorris, Kinemond, Logan Price, Alex Quinn, Ian Baker, Luke Nardo, Eric Howell and Scott Hammond.

“I knew this game would be a challenge because of where it fell on the schedule,” Holenka said. “I think this game could be good for us because we know we have to be a little more of an intense, physical football team.”

Dougherty led the Warriors on the ground with 60 yards on 18 rushes. Tyler Nealey ran for 59 stripes on 15 carries.

The Tigers will seek their ninth straight win Friday night at 2-6 Bridgeport.