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FOOTBALL: Tigers Remain Undefeated

Shadyside gets best of Barnesville

October 27, 2012
By SETH STASKEY For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

BARNESVILLE - The Shadyside High School football program has a list of accomplishments that stretches all the way around the loop on Central Avenue.

Whether it's trips to the playoffs, OVAC titles, two berths in the Division VI state championship game and regional championships, the Tigers have a laundry list of accomplishments, but what they achieved Friday night had been 35 years in the making.

By virtue of their convincing 35-0 victory against the Shamrocks, Shadyside put the finishing touches on a brilliant 10-0 campaign and wrapped up its 10th first-round home game in the process.

"This is especially nice for the seniors, the entire team, the community and fans," Shadyside coach Mark Holenka said. "I feel good for all of those people because I know how much it means to everyone. It's nice to know that one day, before we're 6-feet under, that we can look back and feel good about something."

The outcome was really never in doubt as the Shamrocks dropped their fifth straight game and finished their first season under Coach Matt Johnson at 4-6.

"Shadyside is 10-0 for a reason," Johnson said. "Mark (Holenka) and his staff do an outstanding job. They're a good football team, and I wish them all the best in the playoffs."

The Shamrocks found themselves down 14 at the half after junior Chris Littell and senior Brooks Ramsey scored on runs of 14 and 60, respectively in the first half.

The Tigers took the second half kick into Shamrocks' territory, but were stopped on downs. The Shamrocks' momentum was short-lived, however.

On a third-and-long play, Tigers defensive back Chase Kinemond read the eyes of Shamrocks quarterback Isaac McGee and picked off an attempted screen pass and returned it 15 yards for a touchdown.

"I thought that was the biggest play of the game," Johnson said. "Up until that play, we still had a belief that we could do some things, which kind of broke our backs."

Ramsey, who had his number called early and often, responded. He took the handoff and raced 73 yards to the 2-yard line, setting up Jacob Spencer for the touchdown plunge. Ramsey led the Tigers with 223 yards on 18 carries.

Sophomore Austin Dorris closed the game's scoring when he hauled in an out pattern from Kinemond, stiff-armed a defender and raced 27 yards. Jacob Haswell was true on the PAT, taking over for Hudson who nailed the first four.

The Tigers' defense limited Barnesville to 146 yards of total offense.

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