Round three of the Ohio high school division six playoffs would send Newark Catholic and Shadyside to Zanesville to battle for the right to reach the state semi finals. THE Tigers entered this game the number three seed in the region and carried a 10-2 record. The Green Wave the number five seed came in with a record of 9-3. In two previous meetings the Green Wave had posted wins.
The Tigers offense looked good early on when hard running Lyle Burkhardt went right for a first down. From there the Green Wave defense flexed their muscles. Marcus (BIG PLAY)Wing would get to Burkhardt for a five-yard loss from there the Tigers offense would be force to punt.
Burkhardt would show early that he was a leader for the Tigers on both sides of the ball as he got to Mark(BUZZSAW) Elwell for a two-yard loss. Facing a third and twelve, the Green Wave turned to The Pit Bull, McPherson, who behind his dominating offensive easily picked up the first down. The Green Wave used a little counter play to Keane (THE TOUCHDOWN MAKER)Carpenter to pick up another first down, with 6.10 left in the quarter. Then Buzzsaw, Elwell jitterbugged his way to another first down. The twelve play fifty-eight-yard drive came to an end with a one-yard McPherson score. David(SURE THING) Tung hit the point after giving the Green Wave a 7-0 lead.
Marcus (Big Play) Wing would again live up to his name when he sacked Billy Merryman for a short loss, with 2.29 left in the opening quarter. From there the Green Wave forced another Tiger punt. After the Tigers first two drives they had an unofficial twelve yards.
Newark Catholic had the ball and with 1.43 left in the quarter McPherson put the ball on the ground, but Ryan (The Head Hunter) Dolan pounced on it for the Green Wave. The Green Wave would end up putting the ball on the ground four times before all was said and done, but they lost none of them. Dolan would recover two of those and Elwell, who fumbled twice himself would recover two. Luck was definitely on the side of the Green when it came to this.
The second quarter got started with McPherson acting like a Pit Bull as he broke four tackles and took the ball down to the Tigers eighteen yard line. The drive came to a close when The Pit Bull took it in from fifteen yards out. Tung increased the lead to 14-0 with his kick. The drive took nine plays and totaled fifty yards.
Elwell would complete a little pass to Trent(NO MORE Mr. Nice Guy Nutter)who ran for a seventeen-yard gain. The Tigers defense would stiffen and force a Green Wave punt. After getting the ball back Evan Cline made an outstanding catch on a pass thrown by Billy Merryman taking the ball to the Green Wave 48-yard line. Then with 4.50 left in the half THE NEWARK CATHOLIC FAN PLAYER OF THE GAME MARCUS(BIG PLAY)WING got to Burkhardt for a five-yard loss. Ryan (THE HEAD HUNTER Dolan and company would get to Burkhardt for a short loss. The defensive line for the Green Wave was dominating, especially on this Tiger drive. Keane Carpenter just missed getting a pick as he had his guy covered like a blanket, with 3.46 left in the half. Carpenter managed to get both hands on the ball but could not hang onto it as the receiver made a nice attempt to make the catch. A punt would follow getting the ball back to the Green Wave offense.
McPherson would take off on a nice nine yard run, where he drug a few tacklers with him. Then the Pit Bull who go up the gut for another first down. His offensive line again was dominating on the play, as they were for the entire game. I have never in all of my years of watching football on this level seen a group of linemen raise their level of play so much in such a short time. My hat goes off not only to this group, but to the coaching staff on getting them to do this. Mark(BUZZSAW) Elwell threw a short pass to Nutter, who took it thirty-three yards before being stopped by Taylor Jovicic. Facing a third and ten Elwell once again dropped back to pass and connected with Keane (THE TOUCHDOWN MAKER)Carpenter for a ten-yard score. Sure Thing connected on the point after making the score 28-0 Newark Catholic. The drive went for 68-yards and lasted ten plays.
Billy Merryman, who has had a very solid year for Shadyside dropped back to pass with 8.06 left in the third quarter and making the pick for the Green Wave was Keane Carpenter , who might have played his best game all season. Carpenter would come up with a big catch with 5.48 left on the clock setting up the Green Wave with first and goal. Zach(THE PIT BULL) McPherson would waltz in from a yard out, and after Tung hit the point after the score was 28-0. This drive went for fifty-seven yards on six plays.
The final play of the quarter would see Marcus(BIG PLAY)Wing, who is listed at 5-9 180 picked up and slammed 5-10 185 pound Dustin Sadlowski to the cold Zanesville ground.
Shadyside who could have quit refused to and with 11.06 left in the game Burkhardt picked of an Elwell pass that had been tipped and took it to the house. The point after by Michael Meintel was wide right leaving the score 28-6.
6.38 seconds was left in the game when the future middle linebacker of the Newark Catholic Green Wave Marcus(FUTURE STAR) Baker blitzed and sacked Merryman with a big hit. The young sophomore didnít play much but when he gets in he seems to go 110 miles per hour each play. Shadyside would pick up a sack of their own with 3.07 left in the game, when Shawn Maynard got to Elwell. With 1.55 left Newark Catholic got a big play from Michael Markley, who tossed John Krupa to the ground for a six-yard loss. With 58.7 seconds left Baker again rushed the quarterback, this time he hit him causing a pass to be incomplete. The Green Wave defense continued its pressure and with twenty seconds left in the contest A.J .Murphy, a junior, who should be a force next season teamed up with Nick Mazzone to sack freshman quarterback, David Bonner. The game came to an end with sophomore Tony Weisent making a nice tackle on the Shadyside ball carrier.
4-7 1 TD 1 INT