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|Posted: Fri Oct 20, 2006 9:06 pm Post subject: Effort, execution add up to first Shawnee win
|From the Burlington County Times...
By LOU MISSELHORN
Burlington County Times
ERIAL — Through his team's 0-5 start, Shawnee High School football coach Tim Gushue never has had a problem with his team's effort.
Mistakes were a different story. The Renegades are young and inexperienced, and it's cost them.
Last night, the Renegades' weeks of hard work paid off.
Sophomore running back Chris La-Pierre scored three touchdowns and gai-ned 204 yards on 31 carries while the Ren-egade defense made key stops when it needed as Shawnee won its first game, 29-9, over host and BOFL Liberty Division opponent Timber Creek.
LaPierre scored on runs of 73, 16 and two yards, and senior running back Mike Cunningham added a 4-yard scoring run in the closing minutes to put the game away.
“I'm just happy for the boys,” Gushue said. “Goodness gracious, they needed it. Practice has been good all year, but we've had so much inexperience. We've been getting beat, but in reality, the boys have never quit.”
This one — the first win — meant so much, LaPierre said.
“It's amazing; it's a big-time motivation,” he said. “This keeps us going.”
LaPierre got the Renegades going late in the first quarter with a 73-yard TD run. Bob Morgan's extra-point kick gave Shawnee 7-0 lead with 3:29 left in the first quarter.
Cunningham, who plays defensive end on defense, recovered a Timber Creek fumble on the Chargers 19-yard line, setting up the Renegades' second score — a 16-yard run up the middle by LaPierre with 10:54 left before halftime.
Timber Creek's only trip inside the red zone resulted in its only first-half points. The Chargers drove to the Shawnee 6, but the Renegades held. Timber Creek's Evan L'Esperance booted a 25-yard field goal to make it 14-3 with 28 seconds before halftime.
The Chargers made it a game midway through the third quarter, recovering a Shawnee fumble at the Renegades' 18. On the Chargers' first play, quarterback Brett Vetterly found receiver John Biederman in the back of the end zone to make the score 14-9.
A 13-yard punt return by Shawnee's Brett Badessa helped set up the Renegades' next score — LaPierre's 2-yard TD run with about a minute left in the third quarter. Shawnee quarterback Kody Smith tossed a 2-point conversion pass to Badessa, which extended the Renegades' lead to 22-9.