The Register-Herald, Beckley, West Virginia

October 26, 2013

Big Blacks make Point on the road at Shady Spring

Tigers now 1-7 with Senior Night defeat against No. 2 Point Pleasant

By J. Daniel Rollins
Register-Herald Sports Writer

— It may not have been Green Bay, but Shady Spring and Point Pleasant did battle on some frozen tundra of their own.

On a bitterly cold night, the Class AAA No. 2-rated Big Blacks (8-0) walked off the frozen field with a 49-8 victory over the struggling Tigers.

Point Pleasant scored early and often, putting up 21 points in each of the first two quarters to go into the half with a 42-0 lead, all but cementing its dominance over Shady.

“Point Pleasant is a nice team,” Shady Spring coach Vince Culicerto said after the game. “They were chewing us up in the first half and hitting us hard. It let our young boys know what a top AAA team is like.”

Point Pleasant tallied 428 yards of total offense, compared to just 144 for the Tigers (1-7), with the majority coming on the back of running back Chase Walton.

Walton scampered for 219 yards and four touchdowns, despite seeing limited action after the half.

Walton and the Big Blacks’ dominance was a learning tool for Culicerto and Shady, who are in their second year in West Virginia’s largest division.

“This gives us an idea of what we’ve got to get to at one point,” Culicerto added. “If we want to be successful in this class, we need to be like these teams.”

Perhaps one of the measurements of growth for the young Tiger team is how they react when their back is against the wall.

Despite trailing for the entire game, and giving up three early touchdowns, Shady Spring never gave up as it played with pride during its last home game of the season.

“It’s what we’ve prided ourselves on all year,” Culicerto said. “Making sure that we don’t give up. It’s tough to battle through nights like tonight and seasons like this. These boys never give up, and they fought hard.”

Shady’s never-say-die attitude was never more evident than in the closing minutes of the fourth quarter, when senior quarterback Timmy Culicerto peeled off a 30-yard run to avoid the shutout.

“I was asked earlier this season if scoring late in the game is really a boost to your team, and I said ‘sure.’ Anything you can take with a bunch that’s trying to learn and having a rough season, you take advantage of it,” Culicerto said. “It tells what kind of kids they are. They didn’t want to give up and say forget it. They wanted to score, and they did.”

After the game, it was an emotional display as the Shady Spring seniors gathered on the field, while Kenny Chesney’s “The Boys of Fall” played over the public address system.

“It’s about this field,” Culicerto said. “They play on it since they’re 6 years old — midget league, middle school and high school all on the same field. It means a bunch to them. They played hard, and you hate it that they had to take a game like this. They’re a great bunch of kids, and I’m proud of them. They come in and watch film with me on Saturday mornings, and they just love the game and playing for Shady Spring.”

Culicerto hopes that they’ll take the momentum of the late touchdown with them next week, as they travel to Glen Daniel to take on Liberty.

“It’s a county ball game, so you know what you’re going to get,” Culicerto added. “They’re chomping at the bit to get back at us. We’ve won a couple there, and they’ll be just like it was against Independence. It will be a tough game. I can guarantee it.”

That game will kick off at 7:30 p.m. Friday night at Liberty.

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PP:     21      21      7       0       -       49

SS:     0       0       0       8       -       8

First Quarter

PP: Cody Mitchell 13 run, (Colin Peal kick failed)

PP: Austin Toler 25 run, (Peal kick)

PP: Chase Walton 40 run, (Walton run)

Second Quarter

PP: Walton 31 run, (Peal kick)

PP: Walton 81 run, (Peal kick)

PP: Levi Russell 21 pass from Aden Yates (Peal kick)

Third Quarter

PP: Walton 15 run, (Peal kick)

Fourth Quarter

SS: Timmy Culicerto 30 run, (Tyler Hanson run)

 

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS

RUSHING – PP: Austin Toler 5-37, John Sommer 2-0, Jason Wamsley 7-19, Cody Mitchell 8-45, Cody Marcum 5-38, Cody McDaniel 1-11, Grant Stafford 2-2, Chase Walton 12-219. SS: Timmy Culicerto 4-46, Joel White 12-28, Tyler Hanson 17-41.

PASSING – PP: Austin Toler 1-2-0-14, Aden Yates 3-3-0-40. SS: Timmy Culicerto 4-17-0-30.

RECEIVING – PP: Jon Peterson 1-8, Austen Toler 1-11, Cody Mitchell 1-14, Levi Russell 1-21. SS: Steven Chhabra 3-24, Tyler Hanson 1-6.