The Waverly Tigers shut out yet another opponent in a conference game against the Minford Falcons, leaving them with a 7-1 record this season. The Tigers have shut out every opponent except two, one being the Wheelersburg Pirates who beat the Tigers last week.
The Falcons have had an alright season, but just weren’t enough to beat the team that has taken down nearly every challenge put in front of them.
“They’re a good ball team,” Falcon coach Jesse Ruby stated. “They’ve got a lot of good players. They showed why they are 7-1.”
Ruby went on to say that the Tigers came to play and played well, despite the frigid, wet conditions Friday night.
Waverly ran their offense all night, scoring twice in the first quarter but keeping the points coming all night long. The Tiger’s Drew Kritzwiser had an exceptionally good night, scoring twice and a big run in the fourth.
Minford was not without some good plays. They just couldn’t translate those plays into points on the board. In the second quarter, Falcon Dillon Shepherd intercepted a Tiger pass for a big run, being stopped only 16 yards from goal and earning a Falcon first down. Unfortunately for the Falcons, offense wouldn’t get much closer and went for a failed field goal rather than losing on downs.
Both teams seemed to struggle completing passes. Waverly threw incomplete pass after incomplete pass in the third, but the problem wasn’t exclusive to the Tigers.
When asked why they struggled to complete passes, Waverly Coach Chris Crabtree stated, “No matter how many times you pass the ball, some of those are going to fall short.
Coach Crabtree went on to say that such weather conditions can always be hurdle; however, he will have to go back and review the tapes of the night before knowing exactly what the problem was.
“I think the kids handled the conditions pretty well. They’ve been able to run the ball and execute on defense. Our goal is always to get the ball off the field in three downs, and we were able to do that some tonight,” Crabtree continued.
Even if the weather was a challenge, the Tigers are a great team and did overcome.
When speaking of how well Waverly played, Ruby commented, “We didn’t match their intensity.”
Ruby further stated, “Waverly ran a defense we haven’t seen before. That caused some problems for us.”
In preparation for next week’s game, Ruby says the Falcons were going to be getting back to the basics. They will be working on blocking better, holding better, and being more efficient on offense.
This week, Waverly will be preparing to face River Valley, a prior playoff team. This game will determine if fans will see the Tigers for some extra playing time this season. Waverly will face River Valley in an away game with a 7:30 p.m. kickoff.
Meanwhile, the Falcons will go on to face the Valley Indians at Valley, with a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Minford took on Waverly Friday night.
Reach Nikki Blankenship at 740-353-3101 ext. 1924
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