WAYNESFIELD — The Triad Cardinals spoiled the Waynesfield-Goshen Tigers’ 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 Tigers’ chances for victory.
“The biggest thing is coming up with big plays,” W-G coach Gary Spencer said. “We may have missed tackles but we need to learn from our mistakes and I think we’ll be fine.”
Triad’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.
“The team made some adjustments in the game working the running game to open up the passing game,” Triad coach Payton Printz said. “ We felt like we could set up a running game this season because we have three good running backs, NcIntyre, Ford and Sandford.”
The Tigers struggled in the second half with turnovers.
The Tigers fumbled on Triad’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 Miller’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.