Shaw has memorable night for Pirates
WILLIAMSBURG – On senior night, Williamsburg quarterback Tyler Shaw enjoyed a tremendous final act.
He went 12-for-14 for 259 yards and five touchdowns as the Blue Pirates knocked off Northern Bedford, 35-21, Friday night at Veterans Memorial Field.
“He did a great job,” Williamsburg coach Bob Hearn said. “He’s so poised, and made some key throws.”
Six of Shaw’s pass completions went for 20 yards or more. He also had two interceptions on defense, powering the Blue Pirates (5-4) to their first win over the Black Panthers (4-5) since 2003.
“I just give that all to my receivers,” Shaw said. “They stepped up in a tremendous way. They went up and got everything.”
His major target, Bryce Young, caught eight balls for 170 yards and three scores.
Shaw connected with Young almost halfway through the first quarter on a 22-yard pass for the first score of the game on fourth down.
The Black Panthers responded on the ensuing drive that took more than 5 minutes, ending in an Austin Heck 9-yard draw to tie the game.
Heck racked up 165 yards on 35 carries, and the Panthers unit as a whole recorded 241 yards for the game.
“We ran the ball extremely well, put up a lot of yards,” Northern coach Jeff Batzel said. “But Williamsburg did just enough to stop us in the red zone twice in the second half, and to put us deeper in the whole. We got two touchdowns behind, that just doesn’t suit our style very well.”
Following Northern’s lone fumble, Shaw found Young again, this time from 31 yards out for a 14-7 lead.
The Black Panthers came right back on the next drive, scoring on a 13-yard run by Elias Brallier to tie the game before Williamsburg went up, 21-14, at the half.
With key parts of the Blue Pirate offense seeing limited action, it opened the door for the future of the program to step up.
Sophomore wide receiver Andy Rhoads had five catches for 89 yards, including a 57-yard touchdown pass to seal the win.
“Even a kid that didn’t get in much and catch much, he did a fantastic job tonight,” Shaw said.
The win gave the Pirates their second straight .500 or better season, and Shaw was excited to have this as part of his class’ legacy.
“It’s a tremendous feeling,” he said. “Just something to remember us by, maybe boost the school’s confidence. To keep this going would be great.”
Batzel felt that the Panthers inability to get off the field on third and fourth down played a roll.
“We had our opportunities, and we didn’t cash in,” he said.
Northern Bedford hosts Northern Cambria, and Williamsburg will head to Homer-Center to wrap up the regular season.
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Northern Bedford 7 7 0 7 – 21
Williamsburg 7 14 6 8 – 35
W – Young 22 pass from Shaw (Shaw kick), 7:53.
NB – Heck 9 run (Childers kick), 2:46.
W – Young 31 pass from Shaw (Shaw kick), 9:48.
NB – Brallier 13 run (Childers kick), 4:20.
W – Rhoads 15 pass from Shaw, (Shaw kick), :17.
W – Rhoads 57 pass from Shaw (kick failed), :22
W – Young 22 pass from Shaw (Shaw kick), 4:00.
NB – Gilbert 15 pass from Drenning (Childers kick), 2:41.
RUSHING: Northern Bedford – Heck 35-165, Brallier 14-64, Hershberger 1-5, Batzel 1-7. Williamsburg -Biddle 2-30, Shaw 19-75, Carper 2-5, Young 3-0, Lower 2-(-1), TEAM 1-(-1).
PASSING: Northern Bedford – Batzel 3-12-0-41, Drenning 3-10-2-51. Williamsburg – Shaw 12-14-0-259.
RECEIVING: Northern Bedford -Heck 3-41, Dasher 1-8, Gilbert 2-22, Cherry 1-21. Williamsburg – Young 8-170, Rhoads 4-89.
INTERCEPTIONS: Northern Bedford – None. Williamsburg – Shaw 2.
TEAM STATISTICSNB W
First Downs17 12
Rushing Yards 51-241 29-108
Pass (comp.-att.-int.) ………….7-22-2…..12-14-0
Yards passing 92259
Total Yards 333367