WADSWORTH, Ohio – Wadsworth, ranked 21st in the cleveland.com Top 25, came out and showed how good its passing attack is Friday night, with senior quarterback Trey Shaffer displaying a command of the offense. Shaffer led the Grizzlies to a thorough 56-23 victory over No. 14 Stow, a season-high for most points scored by the team.
Shaffer threw two touchdowns and ran for one.
“I thought he did a nice job, and Trey has played pretty well,” Grizzlies coach Justin Todd said. “Maybe there’s a few quarters he’d like to have back this year, but he’s played pretty well, and he understands our offense really well.”
The Grizzlies began the game scoring 21 straight points, and Shaffer accounted for two of those scores. On the first drive he threw a touchdown pass to junior tight end Mitch Evans, then later ran for a touchdown in the first quarter.
Leading 35-17 at half, the Grizzlies only gave up six more points – and scored 21 of their own in the second half.
Todd spoke of how he felt the Grizzlies had a good week of practice and that the team’s preparation translated to the game well.
“This was the first week honestly since our first game of the season where we felt like our practice was incredible,” Todd said.
With the offense thriving, Schaffer also felt his team had a quality week of practice. He felt that throughout this week’s preparation, the Grizzlies had a faster pace and when it came time for the game, Wadsworth was comfortable.
“We were really focused, so I feel like when we play really focused, we play fast,” Shaffer said. “But the game doesn’t speed up. I feel like it comes to us naturally.”
Along with Wadsworth’s high-powered offense, the Grizzlies’ defense played well, too. They got pressure on sophomore quarterback Owen Bainbridge, who thrives on making throws in the pocket. Bainbridge threw one touchdown, and the Bulldogs were held to their second-lowest point total of the season.
With the win, the Grizzlies earned their third win in Suburban League play. Wadsworth (4-2, 3-1) will play Cuyahoga Falls on the road next Friday. Stow (4-2, 2-2) will play at Nordonia.