Triad’s Coleman Hauk (5) can’t make the tackle on a West Liberty ball carrier on Friday. Also pictured is Austin Bails (3). The Cardinals fell, 42-19.
“We were able to establish the line of scrimmage and our defense was able to get off the field in the second half.”
Those were the words of Jonathan Alder head football coach Brett Glass after the Pioneers’ 38-26 victory on Friday over Kenton Ridge.
JA held a 7-6 lead after the opening period.
Jacob Fenik scored Alder’s first touchdown on a five-yard run. Jackson Welsch booted the extra point.
Jonathan Alder tallied three TDs during the second quarter, including a pair of scoring passes from J.T. Keith to Dawson Detwiler.
The first TD aerial covered 45 yards and the second went 44.
Garret Proxmire scored the third touchdown of the quarter on a four-yard run.
Welsch connected on all three extra points as the Pioneers held a 28-13 lead at the turn.
Welsch kicked a 45-yard field goal during the third quarter as JA took a 31-19 margin into the final period.
Keith concluded JA’s touchdown parade with a four-yard pass to Detwiler.
Welsch booted the extra point.
“Our defense came together during the second half,” said Glass, whose team will travel to Bellefontaine on Friday. “We were able to contain their quarterback better.”
Alder rushed for 291 yards as Proxmire tallied 133 on 22 carries.
Mason Seum added 81 yards on 15 attempts.
Keith completed nine-of-12 passes for 214 yards.
The Triad Cardinals rolled up some impressive offensive numbers when they went up against West Liberty-Salem.
The numbers that really counted, however, favored the Tigers as they beat Triad, 42-19.
The Cardinals (5-2) rushed for 234 yards and passed for 169 for a total of 403 yards.
They couldn’t overcome the 35 points West Liberty scored during the opening half.
The Tigers held a 14-0 margin at the end of the first period and took a 35-7 lead at halftime.
Triad, which will travel to Mechanicsburg on Friday, trailed 42-13 by the end of the third quarter.
Quarterback Jordan Simonelli completed 17-of-32 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns.
Those scoring strikes went to Austin Bails (10 receptions-90 yards) and Isaiah Bruce (six receptions-64 yards).
Dylan Rice carried the load on the ground as he picked up 146 yards on 15 carries. He also scored a touchdown.
West Liberty gained 355 yards in the air and 113 on the ground.
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