CAMDEN —Talawanda’s running game and missed opportunities proved to be too much for Preble Shawnee to overcome in the high school football season opener for both teams on Friday, Aug. 24.
The Braves rushed for over 350 yards en route to a 34-12 win.
“I feel like we played hard but had way too many mistakes and missed opportunities,” Shawnee head coach David Maddox said. “We felt good going into halftime with a score of 20-12 and getting the ball to start out the second half. When we drove all the way down to the three-yard line and didn’t score, it seemed to take the wind out of us and we weren’t able to bounce back. Penalties killed us too. Talawanda is too good of a team for us to have that many penalties and expect to win. We just have to have a good week of practice, fix mistakes, and bounce back.”
Shawnee fell behind 13-0 after one quarter, but was still within striking distance entering the fourth quarter, trailing only 20-12. But two Talawanda scores put the game out of reach.
Jake Green went 17 for 28 with 241 yards, throwing a touchdown pass to Austin Tutt and also rushed for one touchdown.
Tutt led the team in receiving with eight catches for 91 yards.
Ben Hobbs and James Gibson both had two catches for 49 yards and Bryce Singleton had five catches for 43 yards.
Gibson led the team in tackles with 11 and Jordan Stubbs had nine. Singleton and Eyan Haemmerle each had eight tackles.
Shawnee forced four Braves turnovers as Tutt had two interceptions and Hobbs and Singleton each had a fumble recovery.
The Arrows will be on the road in Week 2 as they travel to Twin Valley South on Friday, Aug. 31. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.
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