Shenango rolls to win over Riverview
NEW WILMINGTON — The Shenango backfield combination of Anthony Kosciuszko and Ricky Mathews proved to be too much for the Riverview Raiders on Saturday night.
Kosciuszko carried for 138 yards, and Mathews added 122, as the Wildcats downed the Raiders, 27-6, in a nonconference game at Wilmington High School Stadium.
The game was originally scheduled for Shenango, but renovations forced the site switch.
"They have two good running backs, some big linemen up front, and we knew that coming in," said Riverview coach Todd Massack. "They showed us that they're a big, strong, physical football team."
The first quarter was punctuated by turnovers, as Riverview fumbled twice and Shenango was guilty of a fumble and a pass interception grabbed by Raiders senior Julian Garner.
But a fumble recovery by Wildcats lineman Andrew Walsh on a pass completion from junior quarterback Terrel Craighead to Corey Bickert set up the game's first score.
On the opening play of the second quarter, a wide-open Scott McBride hauled in a pass from Joe Colavecchia that covered 55 yards near the right sideline. Mathews followed with a conversion run to put the Wildcats in front, 8-0.
"I never draw up anything in the dirt, any play we run — we practice," said Shenango coach Ryan Mayo.
After a Riverview punt, the Wildcats drove 58 yards in nine plays, highlighted by a 34-yard run by Mathews to the Raiders' 10. Three plays later, Mathews burst in from the 1, and Shenango had a 14-0 lead.
After an interception by Kosciuszko at the Shenango 16, the Wildcats were moving the ball well, but Justin Collins scooped up a fumble by Kosciuszko at the 49 with 8 seconds left in the half.
After Bickert recovered a fumble at the Shenango 25, the Raiders moved the ball in two plays to the Wildcats' 3 on consecutive runs by Craighead. But an errant snap with Craighead in shotgun formation moved the ball back to the 15.
On fourth down and goal from the 14, a pass to Brandon Seachrist in the end zone was broken up by Code Stephens.
"That play was huge. Riverview had a chance to seize the momentum, and we stopped them," Mayo said.
Shenango proceeded to drive the ball 86 yards in eight plays. Instead of Riverview making it, 14-7, Shenango's back-breaking drive made it, 20-0. A sweep left by Kosciuszko from 34 yards out gave the Wildcats a three-touchdown cushion.
Riverview moved the ball well at times.
"But I told our players I was disappointed in us not showing them the team we are," Massack said. "When you fumble the ball the way we did and tackle as poorly as we did tonight, you're not going to win football games."
Riverview will play its home opener Saturday at noon against perennial WPIAL contender Rochester.