WAYNESFIELD – Waynesfield-Goshen stayed undefeated on the season after the opportunistic Tiger defense helped them to a 35-14 victory over Upper Scioto Valley in a Northwest Central Conference clash Friday night.
The Tigers recorded five turnovers (three interceptions, two fumbles) and five sacks to ground the Rams’ offense.
Waynesfield-Goshen improves to 5-0 and 2-0 in the NWCC. USV falls to 2-3 overall and 0-2 in the conference.
“Any time you get win over a rival its big. They battled and it was good to see our guys stick with it and played hard for four quarters and come out with a victory,” Tiger head coach Shane Wireman. “It’s a confidence builder on the way where we are trying to get to.”
The Tigers offense, which has been explosive all season, had its hand’s full with a determined Rams’ defense. However, the Tiger defense gave the offense short fields and scoring opportunities and they were more than happy to take advantage of those turnovers.
”Defensively, I thought early in the game they got the best of us and we had to make some adjustments there… but we made enough big plays to give our offense good field position,” Wireman said. “We have talked about that. Our offense has really been rolling and our defense has been playing good at times but giving up big plays and we are really trying to shore up those things. “
Wireman added that it was the pressure of front that enabled the Tigers to make the interceptions.
In addition to the turnovers, the Tiger defense shut down the USV passing game by holding them to 27 yards and allowing one completion in the second half.
USV’s Jackson Rohr was one of the few bright spots on offense as he amassed 134 yards on 20 carries and one touchdown.
While the Tiger defense was doing their thing, the Waynesfield-Goshen offense got better and better as the game went on.
Tiger tailback Joel Rickle rushed for 123 yards on 23 carries and one touchdown.
Adding a little balance to the Tiger offense was quarterback Connor Roberts who threw for only 60 yards on six completions but two of those went for touchdowns. Evan Miller, who hauled in three catches for 32 yards, caught both touchdown passes.
“I thought we were able to mix it up enough in the second half to keep them guessing,” Wireman said. “I think having a little numbers advantage we were able to wear them down.”
Perhaps the the turnover that hurt the Rams the most came early in the third quarter. Punting from their own 49 line, the Tigers kicked down to the 26 yard line where the ball was mishandled by USV and recovered by the Tigers. Five plays later, the Tigers were celebrating another touchdown when Joel Rickle scored from two yards out. With 4:05 left in the third quarter, the Tigers led 23-6.
The Tigers pretty much sealed the deal less than three minutes later when Waynesfield-Goshen’s Kyle Searson picked off a pass at the USV 29 yard line and raced into the end zone for the touchdown.
Waynesfield-Goshen took a 16-6 lead over Upper Scioto Valley into halftime after scoring a touchdown late in the first half. when Roberts connected with Evan Miller from 5-yards out for paydirt to cap off a quick four play, 57 yard drive. Tiger tailback Joel Rickle highlighted the drive with a 45 yard run on the second play to put the ball at the 10. After the extra point, the Tigers led 16-6.
It was the Tiger defense that scored the first points of the game after recording a safety on the Rams’ first possession.
It was the USV defense that came up big first when it made a goal line stand to prevent the Tigers from scoring after the Tigers took four cracks from inside the five and then took over at its own two. But the Tiger defense came up big with its when they wrestled USV quarterback Kadyn Hurley in the end zone for the two points.
The Tigers opened up a 9-0 on the ensuing drive after USV punted from its 20 and the Tigers took over at the 50 yard line. After a weather delay, the Tigers marched down the field and scored their first touchdown when Roberts found Miller on 12 yard pass play.
USV answered with a score of its own on the ensuing drive when it went 65 yards in eight plays with Jackson Rohr punching it in from 3 yards out. With 11:55 left in the first half, the Tigers led 9-6.
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