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Football: Shadyside Tops Wellsville by 40

Yng. Christian up next for Tigers

November 6, 2011
By RICH GIBSON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

SHADYSIDE - Mark Holenka will take four more just like this one.

Chances, unfortunately, would appear relatively slim, thus Holenka and his Shadyside Tigers should soak up Saturday night's 46-6 Division VI Region 23 wipeout of Wellsville.

"Probably no more of these," Holenka acknowledged moments after his Orange & Black barely worked up a sweat in wire-to-wire domination at Fleming Field.

"I have to admit, we liked this draw out of the seven other teams in our region," Holenka added. "I thought the key here was the fact we jumped on them early."

Literally, for all intents. While Shadyside was running off the game's first 28 points, the Columbiana County Bengals of Mike Skinner were having major problems attempting to get untracked.

"The one thing we didn't want to do is put ourselves in a hole," Skinner advised. "It seemed like our backs were against the wall from the very beginning."

Shadyside advances to next Saturday's semifinals against Youngstown Christian, a winner against Mogodore. While the OHSAA will officially announce the site today, speculation was centering around Steubenville's Harding Stadium as host site.

Shadyside got on the board at 5:23 of the opening round following a Chase Kinemond pass theft. Four plays later from the Wellsville one, 225-pound freshman lineman Jacob Spencer surged into the end zone for the first of seven Shadyside touchdowns.

While Spencer did the dirty work, junior Brooks Ramsey set up the touchdown. Ramsey was to enjoy another productive outing, piling up 183 yards and two touchdowns via 16 carries.

"One thing that caught my attention on film was how well Shadyside's offensive line executed,'' Spencer said. ''They certainly showed that.''

Following a quick Wellsville three and out, Shadyside needed all of 90 seconds and three snaps to make it 14-0.

Kinemond, off an option keeper, raced 46 yards to the house. When Logan Hudson again converted, it was a 14-0 lighting.

In the first quarter's dying ticks, Kinemond tallied again, this time from four yards out and it was 21-0.

When Wellsville yielded on downs moments later, Shadyside was once again in the red zone.

Back to back losses resulting in minus 13 yards had the hosts facing fourth and goal from the 20. No problem. A Kinemond to Hudson hookup in the end zone and Hudson's ensuing PAT made for a 28-0 score.

"We were operating much (of the first half) on a short field. That always is a bonus," Holenka said.

Wellsville finally showed offensive signs of life, driving 64 yards on 14 plays, capped by a Jake Reed to Cody Barnes TD aerial, 3:02 before halftime.

But Shadyside wasn't finished. Ramsey broke off a 50-yard TD romp in the final dozen seconds for a 34-6 intermission lighting.

The Tigers tacked on two more second half scores, one coming on junior Alex Francis' 40-yard punt return, the other on a 2-yard Ramsey blast.

"What's nice is we were able to get some new faces involved in the second half," Holenka said. "That may not be the case (the rest of the way)."

Shadyside's offensive line paved the way for 314 ground yards. Freshman Austin Dorris came off the bench to contribute 41 stripes and junior Alex Quinn gained 38.

Kinemond completed 3-of-4 passes for 66 yards. Wellsville's Reed went 10 of 24 for 100 yards.

Senior Matt Hammond produced another stellar defensive performance. Mason Gulash also came up big, as did Levi Spencer.

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