Shaw's Chandler Whittlesey ran for one touchdown and passed for another as the Raiders scored three times in the first half and made it stand up for a 21-0 shutout of Northside Thursday night at Kinnett Stadium in the season opener for both teams.
He ran for a 4-yard score and hit LaVonte Williams on a 22-yard touchdown in the second quarter, and the defense took it from there. Whittlesey passed for 118 yards for the game, 100 in the first half, and ran for an additional 50 more on the ground to lead the offense.
"Our defense played lights out the whole game. The front seven just did a great job, and our defensive coordinator, coach (Chuck) Stamey, got our guys ready to play," said new Shaw head coach Kyle Adkins.
Whittlesey's opponents from Northside were linebacker Tyler Pouliot, who stopped him twice for losses and once to turn the ball over on downs, as well as TJ Moore, who had two interceptions.
The big difference for Shaw was in the kicking game as the Raiders recovered a muffed punt attempt in the first quarter to set up their first touchdown on a one-play drive, a 13-yard run by Johntez Webb to get the Raiders on the scoreboard.
Later in the period, the Raiders forced another punt and had only 40 yards to get into the end zone. Whittlesey threw what looked like a TD that was called back due to a penalty, but he came right back two players later and hit Williams on a 22-yard strike, and it was 14-0 at the end of the first period.
The Raiders' defense, which harassed the Northside quarterback, Johnathon Karastury, all night, forced a fumble that set up a 19-yard scoring drive. Whittlesey capped it with a 4-yarder up the middle, and that ended the scoring.
Shaw got the ball with 4 minutes to play and ran out the clock with the running tandem of Arenta Boyd and De'Anthone Morse.
"Morse is such a good linebacker, I hate to use him at fullback as well, but he and Boyd did a good job. They put pressure on Whittlesey in the second half and our offensive line subs struggled a bit, but both our backs did well." said Adkins after the game.
"I told the team, I would take an ugly win over a pretty loss anytime," Adkins added.
Thursday at Kinnett stadiumShaw 14 7 0 0--21
Northside 0 0 0 0--0First Quarter
S-Johntez Webb 13 run (Hunter Eaton kick), 5:38
S-LaVonte Williams 22 pass from Chandler Whittlesey (Eaton kick), 0:05
S-Whittlesey 4 run (Eaton kick), 2:04
Records: Shaw 1-0, Northside 0-1. Next: Shaw vs. Carver (at Kinnett), 7 p.m. Thursday; Northside vs. Jordan (at Memorial), 7 p.m. Thursday