BATH TOWNSHIP – Shawnee wasted little time in setting the tone in Friday’s Western Buckeye League matchup with Bath.
Shawnee scored on its first three possessions of the game and never looked back en route to a 56-8 thrashing of Bath.
With the loss, Bath remains winless in the WBL at 0-8 (1-8 overall), while Shawnee improves to 4-5 overall and 3-5 in the WBL.
Before most of the fans settled into their seats Friday night, Shawnee struck quickly. On the very first play of the game, quarterback Johnny Caprella connected with Peyton Wilson, and Wilson scampered all the way to the end zone for a 75-yard touchdown reception.
Then, on Shawnee’s second possession of the game, Caprella got it done with his feet, as he broke loose for an 88-yard TD run.
Shawnee wasn’t done. On its next possession, the Indians mounted a seven-play, 62-yard scoring drive. Jacob Chontos ran it in from 3 yards out to cap off the drive. With the extra point from Jacob Vorhees, Shawnee led 21-0 less than six minutes into the first quarter.
In the first half, Shawnee’s offense rolled up 444 total yards (325 passing, 119 rushing). For the game, Shawnee amassed 502 total yards.
Caprella ended the game with 11-of-18 passing for 332 yards and two TDs. Caprella also rushed for 100 yards on seven carries and had three scores.
Defensively, Shawnee held Bath to 167 total yards in the first half. For the game, Bath mustered 235 total yards.
“All week long we talked about getting off to a fast start,” Shawnee coach Frank Crea said. “When we score first, we play great. Last week against Elida (56-16 loss), we didn’t score first, and we just didn’t play very well. This week, we preached about getting off to a fast start, and we responded with 21 first-quarter points, and then we’re up 42-8 at halftime.”
Caprella added another rushing touchdown in the first quarter, giving his team a 28-0 lead.
Bath recorded its lone TD when quarterback Kobe Burchett threw a 14-yard TD pass to Drew Spragg. With the two-point conversion, Shawnee led 28-8.
The Indians responded in strong fashion.
On the next Shawnee possession, Caprella found Javion Daniels (six catches, 145 yards) open for a 32-yard TD pass. With the extra point by Vorhees, the Indians led 35-8.
Then, with less than four minutes to play in the first half, Caprella ran it in from 1 yard out. With the extra point, Shawnee led 42-8, heading into the break.
Shawnee added two more scores in the second half.
Chontos had a TD run of 2 yards, and teammate Ryan Hefner had a 3-yard TD run to round out the scoring.
“Our kids responded really well to last week’s game,” Crea said. “They practiced hard all week, and it really showed out on the field tonight.”
Burchett struggled in the passing department against Shawnee, completing 3 of 18 passes for 42 yards. However, the shifty Burchett rushed for 128 yards on 29 carries.
“Defensively, we were having trouble tackling that No. 24 (Burchett) and that big fullback (Micah Cox, 10 carries, 34 yards),” Crea said. “But, I think our defense really stood up this week, after giving up 56 points last week.”
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