RLHS routs JF Shields

Published 12:42 am Saturday, September 27, 2014

By Michael Henderson

The Star-News

The Red Level Tigers ended a 30-game losing streak, shutting out the JF Shields Panthers, 53-0 on homecoming Friday night.

The Tigers’ last win was Sept. 16, 2011, in a 33-30 decision over Calhoun.

Red Level got off to a quick start with an 80-yard kickoff return from Royce Worley for a touchdown. The point after was no good, putting the Tigers up 6-0 with 11:42 left in the first.

J.F. Shields fumbled on their first drive of the game, and Red Level recovered.

Red Level’s quarterback, Wesley Holley took the ball around the right side for a touchdown. The PAT was no good, putting RLHS up 12-0 with just over eight minutes left in the first.

Red Level’s Ontaryo Nearor recovered a Panthers’ fumble on the 8-yard line, but the Tigers were unable to get a score.

After the turnover on downs, Red Level’s Johnathon Lee ran the ball to the 1-yard line, but a penalty flag was thrown.

Lee repeated his run, taking it in on the next play for a 37-yard touchdown. The extra point was once again no good, but Red Level led 18-0 with 17.8 seconds left in the first.

On Red Level’s next drive, Holley connected with receiver Jeffery Perdue for an 80-yard touchdown pass.

The fourth time was a charm for kicker Johnnie Coxwell with a PAT that went right through the uprights setting the score at 25-0 with 11:46 in the second.

Red Level’s Dylan Jordan intercepted a pass from Shields’ quarter back, and returned it for an 85-yard TD.

The Tigers opted for a 2-point conversion, putting them up 33-0 at the half.

To start the second half, the Tigers would find themselves in a 3rd-and-55 situation after another series of flags, but Lee would take it up the sideline for a 90-yard touchdown run with 3:48 in the third. With a failed PAT, the score is now 39-0

In the second half, the Tigers would score three more touchdowns to earn the 53-0 win.

RLHS head coach David Godwin praised his team.

“I’m very proud of how they executed tonight,” he said. “It was a total team effort.”