There is good news for Beallsville Blue Devils fans, Coach Paul Kanzigg and his crew picked up their first victory of the high school football season last Friday night against Frontier.
Unfortunately, there is also a little bit of bad news. Unbeaten, and Ohio-ranked, Shadyside (5-0) is next up and will be paying a visit to Monroe County on Friday night.
For Beallsville, the Tigers have been nothing but a giant thorn in their side over the two school's last five meetings dating back to the 2002 season, which includes a pair of playoff games.
File Photo by Mike Palmer
Shadyside’s Chris Littell (23) gets past Linsly’s Chinelo Oparanozie (34) en route to quarterback Jibri Blount (11) during their game last week.
While Coach Mark Holenka's Orange-and-Black squeezed out a 7-6 victory last year in Tigertown, the previous five meetings have gone to Shadyside by a combined, and amazing, 212-16, margin with three shutouts.
And to make matters even worse, the Tigers bring in an offense that has already put up 190 points this season to take on a Blue Devils defense that has allowed 186 through five games.
Shadyside's first real test of the season came a week ago at Fleming Field against Linsly as the Cadets managed to get to the half with the game scoreless. However, the Tigers managed to claw their way to a 17-3 victory, while Beallsville was picking up its first victory of the season, 43-32, at Frontier that same night.
"The spirit at practice this week has been a lot better and the kids have a little more bounce in their step," Kanzigg said. "That win really helps us a bunch on an emotional aspect, but I just hope it can carry over into this week."
Holenka liked the way his team rallied in the second half against Linsly.
"It was gut-check time for us in the second half and I think we get a check mark for how we performed," Holenka commented. "We really rose to the occasion.
"We faced a little adversity, we didn't finish things we needed to finish in the first half or accomplish what we wanted to do. But we got our focus and got a good win. The really nice thing was that the kids got to play four quarters, we were in a physical game and we ended up with no injuries."
In not being challenged during the first four encounters, Shadyside has not racked up a lot of offensive stats, but do not fooled, the Tigers can move the ball with the best of them.
Senior quarterback Chase Kinemond has thrown for more than 400 yards and nine touchdowns and even ran for 151 yards last week against Linsly. His main targets are classmate Cody Hudson and lanky sophomore Austin Dorris, who have combined for 25 catches and almost 400 yards.
Brooks Ramsey, another senior, has picked up over 300 yards and two scores on the ground while junior Chris Littell is nearing 200 and has hit pay dirt on four occasions. Senior Ian Baker is a big-time threat in the return game for the Tigers.
"Shadyside is a very well balanced, well coached team," Kanzigg said. "And we have several young kids on defense and we have had major problems tackling. That is something that we definitely have to work on and do better with this week."
Beallsville, meanwhile, is a team that has racked up plenty of statistics through the first half of the campaign, but only one victory. Senior Teryn Jarrett, a four-year starter at quarterback, is one of the best in the entire valley.
Jarrett has completed 92 of 172 passes and already thrown for 1,307 with 11 touchdowns and six picks, for a team that is sitting at 1-4. His favorite receiver is Drew Tubaugh who has 26 grabs for 337 and three scores. Tubaugh is coming off an 11 catch for 182 yards and two score performance a week ago.
Bruce Sefert, Gage Steele and Tubaugh are also threats in the running game, with each scoring at least one touchdown, and Sefert a pair, against the Cougars.
"They are a team flying high after a win and you have to be careful against a team like that," Holenka admitted. "Add to that the fact that they have a four-year quarterback that puts points on the board and you have a dangerous team."