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Shenango holds off OLSH @wildcat_wackos @OLSH_HighSchool

Written by: on Sunday, October 17th, 2021

 

Moon Township – Shenango scored two first-half touchdowns, then had to hold off an OLSH rally in the closing seconds to win their third straight game Saturday night 14-7 over the Chargers.

“It’s been a crazy year in terms of the world we live in now, said Shenango head coach Jimmy Graham. “We’ve had some kids missing at times, and injuries but we’re almost at full strength now. That has a lot to do with our winning streak. The kids a gelling well together right now. OLSH is a talented team and is well-coach. It’s always a battle when we play them.”

The Wildcats were able to break the ice late in the first quarter when Aaron Martin hauled in a screen pass from Sam Patton and took it 32 yards for a touchdown.

 

While Shenango was able to build a 14-0 first-half lead, it did not come easy. The Wildcats entered the red zone three times, including twice inside the 10-yard line, and were turned away by the Chargers.

“We stuck to our game plan tonight,” said Graham. “With the turnovers and penalties, and the fact we stalled on drives. We would have liked to have finished those drives to give ourselves some breathing room. But that is the way football is sometimes.”

The first of which came when Preston Schry returned the opening kickoff to the OLSH 13-yard line. The Wildcats went four plays and out.

C.J. Miller broke loose for a 48-yard run late in the first quarter. Shenango drove to the Chargers 4-yard line before Sam Patton was sacked on a 4th-and-goal.

Miller had a big game for the Wildcats, rushing for a game-high 142 yards on 23 carries.

Hunter Lively intercepted Neimiah Azeem, again giving Shenango excellent field position at the Chargers’ 48-yard line. Again, faced with a 4th-and-goal from the 6-yard line, the Wildcats were turned away.

Following a short punt, the Wildcats were finally able to distance themselves from OLSH as Martin scored from a yard out with 65 seconds to play in the first half.

“We made some plays when we had to,” said Graham. “Obviously, we have liked to have finished more drives tonight. That has been one of our problems all year. We’re trying to get better at finishing drives. For the most part, the kids played well. We do need to limit the turnovers and penalties.”

OLSH was able to get on the board as the third quarter ended when Ziggy McIntosh scored on a 10-yard pass from Azeem.

 

The Chargers had one final drive to try and force overtime. OLSH moved the ball to the Wildcats 8-yard yard line with 23 seconds to play facing a 4th-and-5.

Azeem was under pressure and tried to run when Trever Valenti came off his block nailed Azeem for a 2-yard loss that all but sealed the victory.

“That is a stressful situation for any defense,” said Graham. “We had to play some freshman in that situation and throw them into the fire a little bit. We made plays on defense when we had to tonight. Trever made a huge play there. We had to dig deep. We have small numbers, so my guys are always on the field. It’s hard to coach them up on the sideline.”

Azeem led the Chargers, going 22-for-49, passing for 198 yards with a touchdown and an interception.

OLSH will try and bounce back next week as they travel to Northgate.

Shenango will aim for four in a row as they play host to Rochester.

Game Highlights:

 

Shenango 14 OLSH 7

Score by Quarters

Shenango – 7 7 0 0 – 14
OLSH – 0 0 7 0 – 7

Scoring Summary

First Quarter

S – Aaron Martin 32 yd pass from Sam Patton, (Andrew Johnston pat), 1:55

Second Quarter

S – Miller 1 yd run, (Johnston pat), 1:05

Third Quarter

OLSH – Ziggy McIntosh 10 yd pass from Neimiah Azeem, (Billy Fryer pat), 0:00

Individual Stats

Rushing: Shenango – C.J. Miller 23-142, Martin 6-12, Hunter Lively 8-42, Sam Patton 4-3, Team 4-(-18). Totals: 45-181. OLSH – Stephen Greer 17-38, Neimiah Azeem 3-17, Brandon Brazell 1-6. Totals: 21-61.

Receiving: Shenango – Martin 2-31, Miller 1-0, Will Patton 1-17. OLSH – Ziggy McIntosh 7-39, Dereon Greer 4-39, Gunnar Kiefer 2-30, Dorrien Tate 2-23, Brady Brazell 1-7, Brandon Brazell 1-23, Ethan-Davis Gardner 1-4, Stephen Greer 2-25, Iseia Schulz 3-33.

Passing: Shenango – Sam Patton – 4-for-8, 48 yards, 1 touchdown. OLSH – Azeem 22-for-49, 198 yards, 1 touchdown, 1 interception, Dorrien Tate 1-for-1, 23 yards.

Interceptions: Shenango – Lively.

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