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Mustangs make up for lost time, rout Shade

CAIRNBROOK — Playing for the first time in two weeks — including one in which they couldn’t even practice due to COVID-19 restrictions — the Portage Mustangs made up for lost time on Friday night, scoring six first-half touchdowns on the way to a 39-0 victory over Shade at Panther Stadium that improved their record to 4-0.

Play of the game: Andrew Miko’s second-quarter pass for Preston Rainey was nearly intercepted but the ball bounced off Shade cornerback Braden Adams and into the hands of Rainey, who took it 56 yards for a touchdown.

Player of the game: Miko threw for 187 yards and two touchdowns. The Mustangs sophomore completed six of his 11 passes — all in the first half — with two apiece going to Rainey, Kaden Claar and Josh Morgan.

Unsung hero: Portage senior Koby Kargo. Pressed into action at kicker after Dylan Tubbs and other members of the Mustangs team who also play in the marching band were forced to quarantine, Kargo made three extra-point attempts and even got to play some quarterback late in the game.

Most vital statistic: Portage defenders caught almost as many passes — two — from Shade quarterbacks as the Panthers offensive players did. The Mustangs’ stingy defense held Kaden Koleszarik, Braden Adams and Christian Musser to a combined 3-for-20 passing performance for 16 yards. Corey Sossong and Kaden Claar intercepted passes for the Mustangs.

Portage coach Marty Slanoc: “It was good to come out and play. It was a tough week without practice. Our kids were happy. They wanted to play football. They enjoy it. It’s fun to watch them play.”

Shade coach Don Fyfe: “An inch here or there, a play here or there, and we’re in the ballgame. We’ve got to learn how to make that play.”

Portage QB Andrew Miko, on Preston Rainey’s touchdown catch: “That was a really nice play. He covered for me.”

Plenty of horses: The Mustangs spread the wealth in the running game, with 13 different ball carriers combining for 218 rushing yards. Scott Berardinelli had a pair of 1-yard touchdown runs.

Dominant ‘D’: Portage recorded its second shutout in four games, and the Mustangs have not allowed a point in the first half.

Par for Portage: The Mustangs have now won 10 of 11 from Shade.

Records: Portage (4-0); Shade (0-5)

Up next: Portage hosts Berlin Brothersvalley on Friday. Shade hosts Blacklick Valley on Friday.

SCORE BY QUARTERS

Portage 12 27 0 0 — 39

Shade 0 0 0 0 — 0

First Quarter

P–Claar 29 pass from Miko (run failed), 10:23

P–Heidler 13 run (kick failed), 5:35

Second Quarter

P–Zatek 4 run (Koby Kargo kick), 11:13

P–Berardinelli 1 run (Kargo kick), 8:25

P–Rainey 56 pass from Miko (Kargo kick), 6:44

P–Berardinelli 1 run (Kargo kick), 2:48

TEAM STATISTICS P S

First downs 14 4

Total yards 405 87

Rushes-yards 44-218 22-71

Yards passing 187 16

Passing (comp.-att.-int.) 6-11-187 3-20-16

Punts-avg. 1-41 5-27.2

Fumbles-lost 3-1 0-0

Penalties-yards 4-40 1-1

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING–Portage, Heidler 8-53, Sossong 4-35, Claar 2-35, Berardinelli 7-31, Miko 5-19, Miller 2-18, K.Kargo, 4-11, Wolford 3-10, M.Kargo 2-6, Zatek 1-4, Nesbella 3-3, Trusik 1-3, Gouse 2-minus-(20). Shade, Adams 12-50, Musser 3-23, O’Ship 7-minus(-2),.

PASSING–Portage, Miko 6-11-0-187. Shade, Musser 1-5-0-13, Adams 2-7-1-3, Koleszarik 0-8-1-0,.

RECEIVING–Portage, Claar 2-67, Rainey 2-67, Morgan 2-53. Shade, Koleszarik 3-16.

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