Whippets Grounded By Bellevue

By CHUCK RIDENOUR
Daily Globe Sports Editor

An exciting start eventually became a rout as Bellevue manhandled Shelby 41 - 14 Friday night to spoil the Homecoming festivities at W.W. Skiles Field at William J. Wilkins Stadium.

A little more than three minutes into the Northern Ohio League contest, the game was deadlocked at 7 - 7, but the Redmen blew the game open with five unanswered touchdowns during a span of 12 minutes and 13 seconds.

With the win, Bellevue stands at 1 - 0 in the conference and 4 - 1 overall. The Whippets dropped their third straight outing and sit at 0 - 2 in the NOL and 1 - 4 in all games.

SHS abandoned their running game and chose to go to the air because coach Erik Will knew the imposing front of the Redmen defense would be a difficult group to run against.

"We knew going in that we could not run the football consistently against them as big and physical as their front seven is," said Will. Shelby attempted only four rushes in the first half and 11 for the game.

Bellevue's physicality was equally challenging on offense as the visitors amassed 455 yards, including 361 on the ground. The Redmen ran the ball 52 times.

"They're a big, physical football team and they run their feet very well when blocking. They lined up and punched us in the face," said Will.

"We were going to have to score throwing the ball and sustain drives through the air," said the Whippet coach.

Fans hadn't even settled into their seats when Tanner Orr's catch and run of 80 yards on the first play from scrimmage from Brennan Armstrong tied the game at the 8:55 mark.

Bellevue had scored first with the aid of a 41 - yard dash by Jared Marin on fourth - and - two which set up Alec Foos' two - yard touchdown run with 9:26 on the clock.

After falling behind 41 - 7 late in the third quarter, SHS drove 80 yards in seven plays. Receptions by Cody Stine, Orr and Carter Brooks accounted for 55 yards. Brooks' catch covered 30 stripes and set up Dylan Shaffer's nine - yard scoring run with 9:07 remaining.

Redmen freshman Bryce Ray keyed the run with TD runs of 29, 19 and 28 yards en route to a 156 - yard night on 17 carries. Foos tacked on a three - yard scoring run and finished with 107 on 16 totes. The lone scoring pass during the BHS surge was a 21 - yard completion to Seth Linder from Triston Snezek on a third - and - goal situation right before the halftime break.

"Our kids didn't quit and an example of that was Tanner Orr's blocked extra point," said Will.

FIRST DOWN BONANZA

Bellevue rolled up a 23 - 7 advantage in first downs. The Redmen gobbled up 19 of them on the ground. Six of Shelby's were via the pass.

ORR'S BIG NIGHT

Orr collected six balls thrown by Armstrong for 133 yards. Armstrong completed 14 of 28 passes for 207 stripes.

NO GROUND

The Whippets were limited to a total of 27 yards on the ground and 18 of those came on two fourth - quarter runs.

TACKLERS

Josh Stahl and Craig Harvey led SHS with 11 tackles apiece. Lucas Bihl was next with 10 while Hunter Egner had seven and Shaffer added six. Trevor Young, Devin Williams, Brooks and Bayley Eldridge all had four each. Orr and Harvey each had two pass breakups. Bihl recorded two hits for loss.

ALL - TIME

Bellevue has now won four straight in the series and outscored Shelby 76 - 14 in the last two games. The Redmen now lead 36 - 33 - 2, having won 19 of the last 25 meetings.

UP NEXT

Shelby will look to get into the win column next Friday when the Whippets play at Willard. The winless Flashes dropped a 48 - 0 verdict to Loudonville last night. SHS won last year's meeting by a 12 - 8 score.

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