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By David Sharp
North Shelby (2-3) scored four unanswered second quarter touchdowns, opening up a six point first period to a 56-22 halftime lead. The Raiders saw Jade Daniel account for six touchdowns, leading home standing North Shelby to an 80-34 victory over Knox County on Friday, September 22, 2023.
Gabe Orr scored three Raider touchdowns. North Shelby drove 61 yards for the game’s first points. Jade Daniel crossed the goal line on a one yard run with 8:42 remaining in the first quarter. The two-point run failed, leaving the Raiders on top of a six point tally.
Knox Co-nty (0-5) answered with a 42-yard scoring drive, capped by Robert Dooley gaining a touchdown on a nine yard run with 6:16 to play in the opening period. The two-point run put the Eagles into the lead by an 8-6 margin.
Jade Daniel kept up the back and forth scoring spirit with a 50-yard run, capping a 57-yard drive at the 3:39 mark of the first quarter for a 12-8 Raider lead. Daniel scored from 20 yards out behind outstanding offensive line play for a 20-8 lead with 46.8 ticks on the first quarter clock.
Reice Miller raced 70 yards with the ensuing kickoff, pulling Knox County back within a 20-14 deficit. North Shelby took the six-point lead into the second period of play.
The Raiders embarked on a decisive run of 30 unanswered points in the second quarter. Jade Daniel fired a 14-yard TD pass to Gabe Orr for a 28-14 lead less than two minutes into the second period.
Jade Daniel found Oren Vanskike for a 42-yard touchdown pass at the 7:21 point of the second quarter for a 36-14 lead. North Shelby’s defense turned the ball over on downs twice and forced a second quarter punt.
Gabe Orr cashed in a 23 yard run with 4:41 remaining in the first half for a 44-14 lead. North Shelby stopped the Eagles on downs on the Raider 14-yard line with 2:55 remaining in the first half.
Jade Daniel capped the 66-yard drive with a touchdown at the 1:48 mark of period two and a 50-14 advantage. The first half had two more touchdowns to yield.
Knox County took possession on their 21-yard line with 1:48 remaining in the half. Collin Hayes passed to Donovan Dooley for a 24-yard scoring strike with 42.8 seconds remaining in the second quarter for a 50-22 North Shelby lead. Gannon Bowen answered with a 65-yard kick return for a touchdown and a 56-22 halftime lead.
North Shelby had a 21-7 unofficial first down edge in the opening two quarters. The Raiders held a 251-82 rushing advantage. Knox County had a 5-9 passing half with a touchdown. North Shelby was 3-4 passing for 72 yards and two scores.
North Shelby achieved the Homecoming victory without their most acclaimed player, running back Amos Frederickson.
“On the third snap of the Paris game his leg just got so sore,” North Shelby Coach David Stuckey said.
“He went into the season with a blown ACL. He couldn’t do anymore damage to it. He just pushed as far as he could. He is sore.”
“We just don’t think we are going to get anymore reps out of him this season. He has been coaching up Cole Browning and Gannon Bowen. He has been doing a lot for our young backs.”
“His senior leadership has shifted to what has become a second coach,” David Stuckey said. “It’s really helpful. The kid is just selfless. To go through the whole thing about not getting to play your senior year after you have worked so hard to get there.”
“We were really excited about it. He had 2,000 yards from scrimmage last year, and he is 20 pounds heavier and several tenths of a second faster in the 40 (yard dash.) For a kid to handle that emotionally and be mature enough to come out and take these young puppies under their wing and really teach them the little nuances of how to play those positions.”
“I really can’t brag enough about what he has done as a young man,” David Stuckey said of Amos Frederickson. “That’s what you want him to do. Step up as a young man so much.”
North Shelby started the second half recovering an on side kick on the Eagle 34-yard line. Gannon Bowen set the clock in motion by the Missouri Mercy Rule with a three yard run with 9:59 to play in the third quarter. North Shelby took a 64-22 lead.
Knox County responded with a 44-yard scoring drive. Collin Hayes scored on a seven-yard run with 5:02 to play in the period for a 64-28 Raider lead.
North Shelby drove 51 yards for a touchdown. Gabe Orr eluded the KC defense on a four-yard run at the 1:36 mark of period two. The two-point run gave North Shelby a 72-28 lead.
The Raider defense forced a punt. Drake Prange scored on a nine-yard run with 4:44 to play in the game and an 80-28 lead. Knox County’s JV took the football from their 27-yard line, scoring on the final play of the game.
North Shelby finished with 38-339 rushing unofficially. Jade Daniel was 16-159 with four rushing touchdowns. Cole Browning was 10-95 yards rushing. Gabe Orr had two touchdowns rushing and another receiving.
Jade Daniel was 4-8 passing for 104 yards and two touchdowns. North Shelby had eight penalties for 65 yards unofficially. Riley Greening had a North Shelby quarterback sack for a loss of 8 yards.
“It was a total team game,” Stuckey said. “That’s the way we are going to have to play the rest of the way out. When you lose an athlete like (Amos Frederickson), you don’t replace a kid like that.”
“All that has to happen when your offensive line is taking care of business. They just paved the way for people to get open. I felt like our lines both offensively and defensively really played well,” Coach Stuckey said.
“Those three losses we have had, we had opportunities to put teams away,” Stuckey said. “We are playing a lot of young puppies out there. We just had to learn to have that killer attitude. I was proud of the way we stopped Knox from having that straight ahead power run the way they have all year.”
“I thought we did a really good job of focusing on our assignments. We wanted to clean up our mistakes this week. We are starting to come together and jell,” Coach Stuckey said. “We are going to try and be three plays better next week.”