Dublin Scioto High School’s Tim Shadoan was erroneously introduced as a tight end before an OCC-Cardinal Division football opener Sept. 13 at Westerville Central.
However, Shadoan rarely stands in one place long enough to make such a distinction. He lines up at flanker, slot receiver and wingback and often hides just behind the tight end before sprinting in motion.
Shadoan gained 259 all-purpose yards in powering the Irish to a 34-14 victory that had coach Karl Johnson exchanging chest bumps with his players afterward.
Scioto, which improved to 3-1 overall, broke open the game by scoring 24 unanswered points in the final 18 minutes.
“It’s impossible to pick out one guy to highlight in that kind of game when you play so well in all phases,” Johnson said. “We’ve struggled in the third quarter all season. We focused on turning things around in that area, and we came out and turned the game around with some big plays. That’s the way we’re capable of playing, and to do it on the road against a tough league opponent makes me very, very happy.”
Shadoan had six catches for 67 yards and a touchdown, rushed three times for 28 yards, returned two kickoffs 115 yards and returned two punts 39 yards.
At cornerback, he broke up a potential long pass play. He tilted the field position in Scioto’s favor with his presence alone as the Warhawks continually kicked and punted away from him.
“I can’t take all the credit,” Shadoan said. “In football, it’s always a team effort. I don’t go anywhere on those returns without great blocking, and I don’t make all those catch without Evan (DeMars) putting them right on the money.”
The Irish are a handful for anyone to defend. DeMars, who operates out of the shotgun, completed 12 of 21 passes for 163 yards and a pair of touchdowns, one each to Mason Matheny (27 yards) and Shadoan (2 yards).
Providing balance is William Houston, a 250-pound sledgehammer of a running back, who 128 yards on 25 carries and a 1-yard scoring plunge. He was especially effective when Scioto was working the clock in the fourth quarter.
The game turned on the third play of the third quarter.
On third-and-4, Westerville Central quarterback Jared Drake threw a short pass over the middle that Nick Conner intercepted and returned 35 yards for a touchdown, giving Scioto a 24-14 lead.
The Warhawks, who fell to 3-1, had an 82-yard scoring run by Drake was nullified by a holding penalty.
From that point, Westerville Central was forced to play catch-up, and Scioto’s defense made certain that didn’t happen by keying on Drake — a physical, elusive runner and strong-armed passer. He finished with 148 yards passing, including a 30-yard scroing pass to Charlie Moushey, and rushed for 71 yards and a touchdown.
DS -- Crosa 26 FG
WC -- Moushey 30 pass from Drake (Robertson kick)
DS -- Houston 1 run (Crosa kick)
WC -- Drake 1 run (Robertson kick)
DS -- Matheny 25 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
DS -- Conner 35 interception return (Crosa kick)
DS -- Shadoan 2 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
DS -- Crosa 37 FG