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By Thomas Zuck
Friday, Aug. 30, 2013, 11:00 p.m.

Shady Side Academy used a big play and two short second half scoring drives to defeat Ford City, 21-0 in Allegheny Conference action Friday night.

“I was pleased,” Shady Side head coach Dave Havern said. “Anytime you come to Ford City and throw a shutout it's a good thing. I think we missed some opportunities out there tonight, and the kids know that. I just think we lost our focus at times. But we have a young line and we know that we have miles to go this season.”

Shady Side Academy's Jarred Brevard returned the opening kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown.

The game stayed 7-0 until the third quarter. Shady Side Academy stopped Ford City to start the second half. Shady Side then got pressure on Ford City punter Tyler Blaniar and forced him to rush his kick.

That gave the Indians the ball at the Ford City 23. Two plays later Brevard scored on a 23-yard run and a 14-0 lead.

“We started two ninth graders and two sophomores and I thought the kids did a good job,” Ford City coach Jon Bartolovic said. “I'm not one for moral victories but I think this could be one of those times.

“On defense we never really let them get going with their running game. And with the running backs they have that is saying something.”

Ford City was without its two starting running backs, Garrett Virostek and August Mantini. Bartolovic expects both players to be back in action soon. In their place Chantz Schrecengost rushed for 54 yards and Herm Rush added 44 yards.

Shady Side totalled 143 yards on the ground for the game. Brevard led the Indians with 43 yards and one score, quarterback Charles Calabrese added 39 yards and Dennis Briggs added 32 yards and one touchdown.

Ford City rushed for 101 yards on 29 attempts.

Shady Side added another touchdown, after an interception return by Jackson Fitzgerald put the ball at the Ford City 20. Five plays later Briggs scored on a one-yard carry with 1:33 to play in the game for the final margin of victory.

Thomas Zuck is a freelance writer.

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