Shadyside Routs Magnolia, 50-20

Photo by Sheri McAninch Magnolia’s Silas McKeever tries to break Shadyside’s Wyatt Reiman’s tackle on Friday.

SHADYSIDE — Any head coach wants to see his team improve from week to week. Shadyside’s Mark Holenka is no different.

Friday night the veteran coach watched his squad excel on both sides of the ball in rolling to a stunning, 50-20 victory over visiting Magnolia on Fleming Field. The win was the second consecutive impressive outing for the Tigers (2-1) after a season-opening setback at East Liverpool, and the third straight triumph over the Blue Eagles.

The final 6 minutes was played under the OHSAA 30-point mercy rule.

“We did a little better job overall, I thought,” Holenka said. ”We (our staff) are pleased with the performance, but we still want to be able to run the ball better and pass block better.

”Those are the things we need to do to still get better, but, you know, we’re getting there.”

Offensively, Shadyside racked up nearly 500 yards in total offense. The passing connection of senior quarterback Anthony Coggins and shifty junior receiver Kelly Hendershot clicked for 226 yards and two touchdowns on 12 connections

“He did a nice job. Kelly is a good football player,” Holenka said of his do-everything performer. “He is a talented receiver. He has that special ability to jump and catch the football.”

The accurate Coggins finished with 18 completions on 25 attempts for his second straight 300-yard effort (313) with a trio of TD tosses. Senior running back Connor Banco ran for 79 yards and three scores while also adding a 2-point run.

Defensively, the Tigers held the Blue Eagles (1-2) to minus-29 yards rushing on 22 carries. Defensive tackle Sam Merryman recorded a third-quarter safety when he sacked Magnolia quarterback Pat Mirandy in the end zone.

“I thought our defense played one heckuva game,” Holenka said. “If it wasn’t for our fumble early and the kickoff return, I thought we played really well on defense. No qualms there.

“It was a total team effort. I can’t complain about that. The most important part is in these type of games we get off the field healthy.”

With the teams deadlocked at 7-7 after one quarter, the Tigers exploded for 34 points in the second to pull away.

Banco powered his way in from a yard out to jump-start the outburst. Sam Merryman then hauled in a 22-yard scoring strike from Coggins and Banco added a 2-yard run to make it 26-7 with 3:57 left in the first half.

Magnolia received a huge lift on the ensuing kickoff when Jason Beisel, a transfer from Beallsville, went 90 yards down the sideline. Mirandy’s PAT made it 26-14, but the Tigers reeled off two more touchdowns — on Hendershot receptions from 67 and 8 yards — for a 41-14 advantage at the half.

Shadyside avoided potential trouble when Magnolia’s Jared Burrows recovered a fumble on the first play of the third quarter, but the defense responded as senior Wyatt Schrader and junior Zach Klug combined for a 10-yard sack of Mirandy before Schrader took the quarterback down for negative-16 yards on third down.

The Tigers were unable to move the ball on the ensuing possession and Hendershot pinned the Blue Eagles deep with 42-yard pooch punt. Beisel was corralled for a 7-yard loss on first down that took the ball back to the 5. An incomplete pass preceded Merryman chasing down Mirandy in the end zone to make it 43-14.

Mirandy found Stickler from 43 yards out in the fourth quarter and Jacob Visnic completed the scoring with a 5-yard ramble.

Angel Velasquez booted four extra-points for the Tigers.

“I don’t think the score is indicative of how close the game was. We didn’t make plays when we needed to,” Magnolia coach Doc Chapman said. “We had opportunities to make plays. That’s a good football team (Shadyside), but we’re not 30 points worse than them. Only if we make a couple of plays, but what if? What if?

“When you don’t execute plays when they’re called and you don’t make tackles, that’s football.”

Shadyside 50, Magnolia 20

Magnolia 7 7 6 0 — 20

Shadyside 7 34 2 7 — 50

S — Banco 10 run (Velasquez kick)

M — P.Mirandy 1 run (P.Mirandy kick)

S — Banco 1 run (kick blocked)

S — S.Merryman 22 pass from Coggins (Velasquez kick)

S — Banco 2 run (kick blocked)

M — Beisel 90 KO return (P.Mirandy kick)

S — Hendershot 67 pass from Coggins (Velasquez kick)

S — Hendershot 8 pass from Coggins (Banco run)

S — Safety, quarterback tackled in end zone

M — Stickler 43 pass from P.Mirandy (pass failed)

S — Visnic 4 run (Velasquez kick)

Rushing: Magnolia 22-(29)-td (Stillwagon 4-6, Adams 1-4, Barnes 2-1, McKeever 1-0, Cisar 1-0, Beisel 4-(-11), P.Mirandy 7-(29)-td). Shadyside 33-170-4td (Banco 12-79-3td, Hendershot 3-41, Coggins 8-30, Visnic 5-24-td, Reiman 3-5, Team 2-(-9).

Passing: Magnolia 16-32-133-td (all by P.Mirandy). Shadyside 18-25-313-3td (all by Coggins).

Receiving: Magnolia 16-133-td (McKeever 6-33, Stickler 5-92-td, Gaiser 2-22, B.Mirandy 1-6, Beisel 1-1, Adams 1-(-10). Shadyside 18-313-3td (Hendershot 12-226-2td, Banco 3-35, S.Merryman 2-25-td, Reiman 1-27).

First Downs: Magnolia 8, Shadyside 20

Penalties: Magnolia 3-12, Shadyside 5-45.

Fumbles: Magnolia 3-1, Shadyside 3-3.


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