Triad Cardinals improve to 3-0; JA Pioneers fall to Clear Fork


The returning letter winners for the Triad football team are from the left, front row, Greg Sizemore, Dylan Van Tassell, Ian Crabtree, Dylan Warner, Dylan Rice, Austin Bails, Cam Boes, JC Alexander, Justin Overholser and Jacob Jenkins; second row, Riley Louck, Devin Swiatek, Logan McCoy, Josiah Leasure, Isaiah Bruce, Easton Huffman, Jacob Simonelli, Jordan Simonelli and Michael Leistritz.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Sam Dillon)
A pair of area high school football teams ended up at the opposite end of the spectrum during Friday evening’s games.
The Triad Cardinals improved to 3-0 by whitewashing Springfield Catholic Central, 59-0, while Jonathan Alder slipped to 1-2 after its 49-10 setback against Clear Fork.
Triad had control of its game from the get-go and held an overwhelming 52-0 lead at halftime.
The third and fourth quarters were each reduced from 12 to 10 minutes, with a running clock.
The Cardinals, who will host Greenon for their Homecoming on Friday, amassed 513 yards of total offense.
The Irish, on the other hand, finished with one net yard of offense. They rushed the ball 29 times and had minus 39 yards on the ground.
Dylan Rice carried the ball eight times for 176 of the Cardinals’ 320 yards on the ground. He scored two touchdowns.
Isaiah Bruce caught a pair of touchdown passes from Logan McCoy and also threw one.
McCoy, who completed eight-of-nine passes for 142 yards, tossed a pair of scoring strikes and added a TD on the ground.
Austin Bails snared a touchdown pass, while Hayden Simpson and Dylan Van Tassell each carried the ball for a TD.
Riley Louck also scored a touchdown after blocking a punt.
“Our guys were ready to play,” said Triad coach Joe Cardinal. “They were focused on playing this game, even all day at school.”
It has been quite a long time since the Cardinals were unbeaten after the first three games of a season.
“It feels really good to be 3-0,” said Cardinal. “I feel much better for the guys, especially after the last two difficult seasons (each ended with records of 1-9).
“The guys have really earned this spot with all of their hard work.”
Clear Fork upped its record to 3-0 and put the game with Alder away with 21 unanswered points during the second half.
“This was just a rough game against a very, very good team,” said JA coach Brett Glass. “They ran the ball very well.”
The Colts finished with close to 400 yards of total offense, while the Pioneers (who will travel to Benjamin Logan on Friday) finished with only 175.
Clear Fork held a 14-0 lead until Alder’s Jackson Welsch booted a 42-yard field goal in the opening quarter.
The Colts went on top 21-3 during the second quarter.
The Pioneers cut the margin to 21-10 when quarterback J.T. Keith tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Mason Seum.
Welsch booted the extra point to pull Alder to within 21-10.
Clear Fork added another TD before the turn and took a 28-10 lead into the break.
The Colts added insult to injury with a trio of second-half touchdowns.
“We just got our butts kicked,” said Glass.

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