Big plays lift Shenango past Riverview
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When Riverview and Shenango took the field Friday night, the teams appeared to be evenly matched, as each brought a 1-4 record into the nonconference matchup.
Once the game got under way, host Shenango and its running attack proved to be superior in a 35-14 win.
“They were just more successful at (running the ball),” Riverview coach Todd Massack said. “I know they were a 1-4 team going into this game, but they've got some big kids and they've got some skilled kids and they were a little too much for us.”
Shenango senior Tyler Welsh gained 124 yards on just seven carries, using shifty footwork and quick cuts to break open plays that appeared to be bottled up.
“He's explosive,” Shenango coach Mike Commesso said.
Jason Wallace and Anthony Prestopine, who rushed for 100 yards, added touchdown runs in the second half.
“Last week we didn't run the ball well, so this week we wanted to recommit to that,” Commesso said. “We spent a lot of time on that.”
The Raiders (1-5) had success of their own in the passing game in the second quarter. Zach Hanus hit Raymar McCombs for an 8-yard touchdown to cut Shenango's lead to 7-6, but that was as close as Riverview would get.
“We threw the ball well,” Massack said. “At times we ran the ball well. At times we looked good on defense. But that's pretty much been the story of our year. At times we look good and at times we kind of shoot ourselves in the foot.”
Case in point: On the next play from scrimmage, Welsh raced 53 yards for one of his two touchdown runs. He also added a punt return for a touchdown for Shenango (1-5).
Hanus completed 8 of 15 passes for 92 yards and a score. Riverview's Keir Barber muscled his way to a game-high 159 yards, including a 52-yard scoring run in the fourth quarter.
Ed Phillipps is a freelance writer.
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