Roxana's Logan Reardon cuts to avoid the Staunton defense on Friday.
Chance Foss jumps to make a connecting pass and finds himself up-ended by Staunton's Kane Kreger. The pass was completed for the Shells.
ROXANA — The Roxana Shells defeated the Staunton Bulldogs Friday night 34-18, improving to 6-2 while the Bulldogs fell to 2-6 with one game remaining in the season.
"We started off the game pretty good," Roxana senior Seth Chester said. "We were almost at the start of the game, they score first but we were able to get one in the end zone before the end of the quarter to even it up. The big thing is we were able to stop their run game, they were only able to score on us with passing."
The Bulldogs drew first blood against the Shells when senior quarterback Blaine Ray found senior Konnor Brown with a 6-yard pass at 10:02 in the first quarter, but the extra point kick was no good. The Shells retaliated with 1:49 remaining in the first quarter when Blake Vandiver punched through the end zone on a 24-yard run. The Shells took the 8-6 lead when Chester added two points on the conversion.
The Shells led off the second quarter when senior Logan Reardon snuck past the Bulldogs with a 2-yard run, but the Shells failed on the 2-point conversion.
Staunton answered back with 2:02 left in the first half when senior Jonathon Allison caught a 34-yard pass to help the Bulldogs regain some momentum going into half time with a score of 14-12 in favor of the Shells.
The third quarter would prove to be owned by the Shells. Vandiver set the tone for the second half by getting ahead of the Bulldogs defense to receive a 19-yard TD pass. After a successful 2-point conversion by Chester the Shells were up 24-12 over Staunton.
The fourth quarter was led by Reardon for the Shells who put up two touchdowns, a 29-yard score with 4:44 on the clock and again with 2:04 remaining in the game with a 16-yard run.
Both the 2-point conversion and the extra point were no good for the Shells.
Staunton scored the final points of the game when senior Kane Kregor caught a 32-yard pass with 1:19 left in the game. The extra point attempt was no good for Staunton.
"We ran the ball really well tonight," Roxana quarterback Chance Foss said. "We found some things we still need to work on. Our defense did good, they were able to get the ball back for us a couple times tonight. We're ready to look forward to next week, it's our Senior Night, but we know that Southwestern won't come in and lay down for us. We want to get a win for our seniors next week."
Staunton head coach Kevin Krausz was not surprised by the Shells' performance against his Bulldogs.
"Roxana is a really good, tough and physical team," said Krausz. "We didn't get our normal practice time in this week due to the weather. I'm pleased with our receivers, they were able to get the job done for us. Driving through Roxana, you get a vibe that this is hard-working, blue collar type environment which instills a strong work ethic, a disciplined team. You can see those things in how they play."
The Shells will face the Southwestern Piasa Birds next week in the final game of the regular season.
For the Shells, Reardon had 14 carries for 85 yards while Seth Chester carried 7 times for 38 yards. Foss was 4 of 9 with 86 yards through the air.
For the Bulldogs, Kreger had 125 yards receiving while junior Tyler Newton had 22 yards rushing. Quarterback Blaine Ray was 18 for 26 passing with 284 yards, three touchdowns and one interception.