|High School Football:
Shawnee Wins Another Big Playoff Game On The Road
Saturday, November 18, 2000
By Vincent Lewis
Try telling the Shawnee Renegades that it's hard to win games away from your home field. Last week the Renegades won a playoff game at Cherokee in front of a huge crowd. Again faced with another obstacle of traveling on the road to Washington Township, the Renegades took the early lead and advanced to the Group 4 finals with a 21-7 semi-final victory.
This meeting featured both teams coming into this game with a 7-2 record and looking to improve that record by one. Early in the season, Shawnee had traveled to Township on October 6 and lost to the Minutemen by a score of 24-7. On that night, Washington Township used the big plays when needed to come away with the win. But this was the playoffs and players push themselves harder than they have all season for the championship title.
Washington Township would win the coin toss and elected to receive the ball first. The Minutemen were able to move the early in their drive, but the Renegade's defense forced Township to punt the ball. That's when the offensive line for Shawnee won the battle against their opponents to grind out a time consuming scoring drive in the first quarter. Sophomore quarterback Bill Kurtz connected with Dan MacDonald for a 13-yard touchdown pass. The drive was an impressive one as it chewed up all but seven seconds of the initial quarter. The extra point attempt fail, but the Renegades made no mistakes on their first scoring opportunity of the game.
Photos by Jason Brown
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