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Muddy conditions doesn't deter Wellsville

By The Herald Staff | 11/6/2013

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville High School football team is used to playing in muddy conditions. Tuesday’s bi-district playoff game was the Eagles third rain game of the season.

Wellsville dominated Eureka in nearly aspect in the 32-12 victory. Wellsville rolled up 429 yards of offense and gave up 136, including a minus-5 rushing.

WELLSVILLE — The Wellsville High School football team is used to playing in muddy conditions. Tuesday’s bi-district playoff game was the Eagles third rain game of the season.

Wellsville dominated Eureka in nearly aspect in the 32-12 victory. Wellsville rolled up 429 yards of offense and gave up 136, including a minus-5 rushing.

“I think we made the most plays [in the conditions],” Wellsville coach Brad Burkdoll said. “We tried to run the ball and the ball was slick. I think our passing was there when it needed to be, but we’ve played in rain three out of our last four games and our guys did a good job of adjusting tonight moving the ball.”

Wellsville rolled to a 26-0 halftime lead.

“We could tell early we were ready to play,” Burkdoll said. “Our guys were focused and we love playing here at home. We accepted the challenge and knew they like to throw the ball all over the place.

“We wanted to get up field and make some plays on them and I think our guys did that.”

The defense was all over Eureka, which had 141 yards passing.

“Our defense was excellent the whole game whether they scored or not,” Burkdoll said. “We’ve rode our defense for most of the season and I think we’ll be up for the challenge again on Saturday.”

Quarterback Shamus Kearney paced the attack with 148 yards rushing and three touchdowns. He also passed for another score.

“[Shamus Kearney] played excellent,” Burkdoll said. “We had plays break down in the first half and Shamus just tucked the ball and ran with it. He was excellent at making checks at the line of scrimmage. He has been playing great the last three or four weeks of the season and a lot of that is his leadership and the plays he continues to make for us.

“I think Luke Meyer was excellent calling our defense tonight. He made plays and our defensive line stepped up also.”

Wellsville (8-2) plays 2 p.m. Saturday at Colgan.

“We’ve had a great season and hope to keep it going,” Burkdoll said.

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