Shadyside fends off Bridgeport | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Shadyside fends off Bridgeport | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

Shadyside fends off Bridgeport | Information, Sports activities, Jobs

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SHADYSIDE operating again Karl Tsoras rips off a piece of yards in opposition to Bridgeport in the course of the first quarter of Friday’s recreation on Perkins Subject. The Tigers secured a 40-26 victory.

BRIDGEPORT — It’s not typically — at any degree of soccer — {that a} staff commits extra penalties than it achieves first downs … and nonetheless wins.

In case somebody ever wished to look such a stat up, she or he received’t must look any farther than Friday night time’s recreation on Perkins Subject inside Invoice Jobko Stadium the place Shadyside handed the Bulldogs a 40-26 setback.

The Tigers have been capable of overcome an astounding 22 penalties for 180 yards. Fortunately they didn’t endure a turnover and their offense was capable of finding traction to a tune of 387 whole yards.

“We’ve battled (penalties) all yr,” Shadyside head coach Michael Kernik stated. “First recreation of the yr, we had 17 penalties after which we have been a bit of bit higher. We had 15 (Friday) and I requested the youngsters, ‘are we going to complete with 30 penalties within the recreation?’ Hats off to our youngsters as a result of they, by some means, discovered a technique to pull it collectively.”

When Shadyside acquired into its locker room at halftime Kernik didn’t draw any elaborate formations or make any heavy-duty changes. Fairly merely, he and his now 2-7 squad had a “heart-to-heart” dialog.

“We didn’t change an entire lot offensively or defensively,” Kernik admitted. “We talked about cleansing up the penalties and staying centered.”

Clearly the message acquired throughout. Shadyside dedicated solely six penalties within the second half and was capable of pitch a shutout after it trailed the Bulldogs (4-5), 26-20, on the break.

Shadyside’s offense, which confirmed it might transfer the ball in opposition to the Bulldogs on its opening drive, was strong. The protection, nevertheless, was permitting large chunk performs within the first half to the Bulldogs. Truly, Bridgeport senior quarterback Colin Jackson threw landing passes of 30 and 67 yards on back-to-back possessions to Lamar Kendricks Jr. and Avery Jackson, respectively. He then discovered his youthful brother as soon as once more for a 17-yard hook up, which gave Bridgeport its first lead at 26-20.

The Bulldogs, nevertheless, squandered a possession late within the first half after which went three-and-out to start the second half. From there, the momentum had firmly shifted.

“We acquired put into a troublesome state of affairs the place we needed to transfer some guys round on account of some accidents, however that’s no excuse,” Bridgeport head coach Fred Ray stated. “We had our alternatives, however we put ourselves in a troublesome gap and needed to proceed to bounce again. We gave up some brief fields and we made too many errors, which now we have to appropriate.”

Shadyside was capable of seize management due to the elusiveness and moxie of junior quarterback Ben Wach. He was spectacular, finishing 17 of 29 throws for 274 yards and 4 touchdowns. His 11-yard contact go to senior vast receiver Elijah Brock put the Orange up for good in the midst of the third quarter. Sophomore Gavin Bommer, who was true on 4 of six PAT kicks, made it a 27-26 recreation.

“Our youngsters performed a comparatively clear second half and easily performed their butts off … the way in which they’re able to taking part in,” Kernik stated. “Profitable this recreation is large as a result of it offers our youngsters a bunch of confidence shifting ahead. I believe that is one thing we are able to construct on, particularly since we constructed some momentum operating the soccer.”

The Tigers stretched their result in eight when Wach, who had scored the sport’s first landing from a yard out, went into the tip zone mainly untouched from 3 yards out.

They iced the sport when Mark Waggoner took a swing go from Wach and raced down the sideline for a 28-yard landing.

Wach and Brock have been a powerful duo. They connected seven instances for 121 yards and three whole touchdowns. He additionally caught scores from 19 and 18 yards out.

Junior Karl Tsoras was spectacular as a runner and a go catcher. He rushed 15 instances for 61 yards and caught 4 balls for 72 yards.

Bridgeport, in the meantime, regardless of the loss has clinched a berth within the Division VII, Area 27 playoffs. Nonetheless, the Bulldogs will shut out the common season subsequent week in opposition to Paden Metropolis on Senior Day.

“We nonetheless have plenty of work to do and for these seven seniors, it’s essential that we handle enterprise subsequent week,” Ray stated. “It’s been some time since we’ve been to the playoffs. We’ll see how issues prove.”

Colin Jackson accomplished 19 of 32 passes for 232 yards, however all however 34 of these got here within the first half. Avery Jackson hauled in 5 passes for 92 yards, whereas freshman Jaki Threet made three catches for 70 and Kendricks Jr. caught 5 passes for 54 and a rating. Joey Bugaj scored on the bottom.



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