WOOLWICH TWP. – Very few things are certainties in life as the saying goes.
Death and taxes are two of the biggest but in South Jersey where football is concerned, it’s always been true that Shawnee has been a running team. The Renegades under head coach Tim Gushue have always powered their way to wins and a quick look at their current roster, and one easily sees that they still have the types of runners that can create nightmares for opposing teams.
Of course, at this time and in this place, both junior Nazair Powell and senior Ryan Parris are working their way back from injury. So, for the moment, the Renegades have to make due passing the ball.
“I’m a quarterback so of course I like to throw the ball,” senior Colin Wetterau said. “But Shawnee has always been a running team and I can’t wait for them to get back. When (Parris) and (Powell) get back, we could be really fun to watch.”
Wetterau made the most of his night as he went 13-of-15 for 258 yards and four touchdowns in Shawnee’s 42-0 win over host Kingsway in a West Jersey Football League American Division game on Friday night. The Renegades scored touchdowns on all five of their first half possessions if you include a 70-yard punt return for a score by Jake Schillinger that put Shawnee up 21-0 and in command of the evening.
“We’ve had trouble this year getting a lead and building on it,” Schillinger said. “Tonight, we didn’t let up and that’s certainly going to help us. Give (Wetterau) a lot of credit. He gave (the receivers) chances to make plays. Everything just clicked tonight.”
It’s not that Kingsway (0-3 division, 0-4 overall) didn’t have its own chances, the Dragons just failed to finish off drives early in the game. That included a missed field goal and Shawnee (3-1, 2-1) proved to be in no mood to ease up at any time in the first half.
“We had the momentum and I think we knew we had to pass tonight,” said Wetterau, who threw for 250 yards in the first half. “They miss that field goal and we thought we could go deep. (Schillnger) made great catch.’
“We felt we had to be vertical tonight,” Shawnee head coach Tim Gushue said. “I think if anything, no one has gone vertical on Kingsway this year. That’s not your typical (0-4) team. I never thought this game would be (42-0). I watched them play and they played really well in every game I saw them.”
Schillinger’s 61-yard catch set up Shawnee’s second touchdown of the night, an 8-yard pass to Ethan Reiger with 10:41 left in the first half. With that score, Shawnee stepped on the gas and scored three more times before the buzzer went off.
“This was a good night for us,” Wetterau said. “We had two weeks to prepare for this game and I think it showed.”
“Look, he’s a special kid,” Gushue said. “We also have a receiving corps in (Schillinger, Reiger, Daveon Robinson, and Jimmy Fisher) that make plays. We knew we had to throw the ball tonight with our backfield healing. Fortunately, that’s what worked best for us.”
So much so that even Wetterau was surprised with one stat.
“We only ran the ball six times in the first half,” the senior said. “When has a Shawnee team ever done that.”
Renegades 42, Dragons 0
Kingsway 0- 0-0-0--- 0
S: Jeremy Fisher 26 pass from Colin Wetterau (Joe Dalsey kick)
S: Ethan Rieger 8 pass from Colin Wetterau (Joe Dalsey kick)
S: Daevon Robinson 27 pass from Colin Wetterau (Joe Dalsey kick)
S: Jake Schillinger 71 punt return (Joe Dalsey kick)
S: Daevon Robinson 41 pass from Colin Wetterau (Rich Demko kick)
S: hawnee: Wade Miller 5 run (Rich Demko kick)