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WAYNESFIELD â€” The Triad Cardinals spoiled the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigersâ€™ season opener with a 39-22 win Friday night at Waynesfield-Goshen Tiger stadium.
Big third- and fourth-down plays by the Cardinals hurt the Tigersâ€™ chances for victory.
â€śThe biggest thing is coming up with big plays,â€ť W-G coach Gary Spencer said. â€śWe may have missed tackles but we need to learn from our mistakes and I think weâ€™ll be fine.â€ť
Triadâ€™s first-year junior quarterback, Colton Young, started out slowly but made adjustments during the game. He ended up 9-for-18 with 139 yards, two touchdowns and two interceptions while on the ground he had seven carries for 55 yards.
The score was close with the Tigers in the lead 8-7 at the end of the first quarter. But the Cardinals came rolling back at the start of the second quarter on a 46-yard touchdown run by Tre NcIntyre with 8:52 left on the clock to take a 14-8 lead.
Jacob Watkins completed a 30-yard field goal to make it 17-8 with only 1:21 left on the clock.
W-G quarterback Garret Miller connected with Evan Humes for a 22-yard touchdown pass to close it to 17-14.
Triad scored with only five seconds left in the second quarter on a 20-yard pass from Young to NcIntyre, giving the Cardinals momentum going into the second half with a lead of 25-14.
Triad came out strong in the second half with a 76-yard punt return by Auson Sandford to take a 32-14 lead with 9:16 left on the clock.
â€śThe team made some adjustments in the game working the running game to open up the passing game,â€ť Triad coach Payton Printz said. â€ś We felt like we could set up a running game this season because we have three good running backs, NcIntyre, Ford and Sandford.â€ť
The Tigers struggled in the second half with turnovers.
The Tigers fumbled on Triadâ€™s 23 yard line, which lead to a one-yard touchdown run by Sanford just 45 seconds later, making the score 39-14 at the 8:31 mark.
W-G finally make a move with 3:30 left on Millerâ€™s 11 yard pass to Humes, putting the score at 39-22.
The Tigers hope to get back on track next week as they host the Fort Recovery Indians (1-0) Friday night at 7:00 p.m.