Clear Fork forced five Shelby turnovers and they went on to belt the Whippets 40-8 in a non-conference high school football game at Skiles Field on Friday night.
The Colts scored midway through the first half on a short touchdown run by Silas Finley to take a 6-0 lead. Coach Dave Carroll says they thought it was important to get off to a good start against a Shelby team hungry for a win. “The number one thing I was proud of was we said we had to jump on these guys right away because they are the type of team that if they get momentum on their side they have potential. Our kids came out and stopped them defensive and then put the ball in the end zone a couple of times early to get the momentum on our side,” said Carroll.
Shelby coach Eric Will says he was disappointed in the Whippets performance, which included five turnovers, two fumbles and three interceptions, on the night. “Clear Fork pretty much owned us for four quarters,” he said.
Clear Fork’s defense played its best game of the season limiting Shelby to only 126 yards of total offense. Carroll said they felt the Whippets have some guys that could make plays, but his kids were ready for the challenge. “Those guys played a great game. I think they had 125 yards total offense. Probably 50 or 60 yards of it was on two plays. We were concerned about their offense. They moved the ball in their preview scrimmage against Galion and then against Madison and Lexington. They just didn’t finish drive against those teams. We pretty much shut down their run game, which was pretty much our goal. I thought we were pretty physical and had some nice hits out there,” said Carroll.
It became 19-2 before halftime when Clear Fork sandwiched two second quarter touchdowns, a short run by Hunter Evans and a 93-yard pass play from Kadin Chrastina to Finely around a Shelby safety. Carroll says Finley, only a sophomore, can be a home run hitter.
“He is awful quick and athletic. He can do a lot of things. He can run it and he can catch it and he is a good returner as well. He is an exciting player to watch. He did it a couple of times again (Friday) night where things got bogged up on one side and he changes direction and he got a nice gain on the other side,” said Carroll.
The Colts cost themselves 16 penalties for almost 150 yards. Carroll took it in stride after the game. “I think we are going to change our nickname to the Raiders instead of the Colts. We’ll be the Oakland Raiders of the high school football world,” he said.
Next up for the Colts (2-1) will be a visit to Mansfield Senior (3-0) to take on the Tygers, the preseason choice to win the Ohio Cardinal Conference, in the conference opener for both. Carroll says the Tygers are athletic, but they aren’t intimidated.
“They look pretty darn good to me. They are putting up a lot of points. Choike (Bradley) is a great coach and I have the utmost respect for him. He has done a tremendous job of keeping those kids in Mansfield. I thought if they could get somebody in there that is doing what he is doing they would be back to powerhouse level. But, we are not going to curl up in a fetal position and start sucking our thumb by any means,” said Carroll.
Shelby (0-3) begins Northern Ohio League play next week at Sandusky (0-3) against the Blue Streaks.