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October 19, 2013

Strong second half can't save Shenandoah

MIDDLETOWN, Ind. — At halftime Friday, the deficit was 42-14, and, a week after a devastating loss to Eastern Hancock, it looked like Shenandoah was on its way to a second-straight blowout loss.

By the fourth quarter, however, it appeared the blue-and-yellow Raiders' fortunes had changed.
 
Shenandoah, fueled by a tenacious defense and reawakened running game, had drawn to within seven points of Indianapolis Cardinal Ritter.
 
Unfortunately for the home team, fortune is a fickle friend. Ritter capitalized on a long kickoff return and interception to push its margin back to 21 and put the game out of reach. The red-and-white Raiders added one more late score to take a 63-35 victory. Shenandoah finished the regular season with a 7-2 record.
 
"It's a good team, and I felt like our kids showed a lot of heart. I'm proud of them," Shenandoah coach Scott Widner said. "It would have been easy, after last week especially and with how that first-half score went, to lay down and quit, but they fought back."
 
Senior Night started off in spectacular fashion for Shenandoah. Its first drive went 76 yards, capped by a 5-yard touchdown run from senior Chandler Hale. Ritter then put together a lengthy drive of its own, driving to first-and-goal at the 6. Shenandoah held Ritter on its first-, second- and third-down attempts, setting up a fourth-and-goal from the 7. On fourth down, Ritter quarterback Jake Purichia completed a pass to Jake Hagan to tie the score. It was the first of three or four plays coach Widner would like to have back.
 
"I feel like tonight if you take three or four plays and change them, this is a completely different football game," Widner said. "We gave up that kick return before half. If we didn't give that up then we're right there, and at one point then we would have tied it back up. But that's some big ifs, and we can't have those."

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