Trey Ragas was one of Shaw’s rushing leaders last season and it didn’t take long for him to work toward that distinction again as he scored two touchdowns in Shaw’s 18-7 win over West Jefferson at the Westbank Optimist Jamboree Friday at Hoss Memtsas Stadium.
The junior running back rushed 13 times for 100 yards.
“He had 1,200 yards rushing last year,” said Shaw coach Scott Bairnsfather. “He’s a big junior. He should be able to break tackles. He should be able to help us move the chains. He’s one of the better players in the city and that’s what we’re counting on him to do.”
While West Jefferson opened with three first downs, Sean-Michael Dumas halted the drive with an interception and returned it to the 15. From there, the Eagles relied on Ragas who got down to the one in three plays and scored on a 1-yard run with 9:34 left in the first period to give Shaw a 6-0 lead.
At the 2:49 mark, the Eagles were again inside the 10. After advancing a yard, Matt Keller completed a 9-yard pass to Jordan Ortega to extend the lead to 12-0. The Buccaneers ended the period making a surge that got them inside the 20, but they could not advance.
“We played pretty well, particularly on offense, when we got the ball in the first half,” Bairnsfather said. “We had two drives and two scores in the first half, so I was very pleased with that.
“We let them move the ball a little bit. We missed a few tackles. They got a couple of first downs when we probably should have played a little better. We did really well defensively after that.”
West Jefferson’s Shakur Nicholas intercepted a pass with 10:47 left in the game at the seven and got the ball to the 35. However, the Buccaneers were unable to get across midfield.
When Shaw got the ball back at midfield, Ragas made a 43-yard run that brought the ball to the seven. On the next play, Ragas scored to give the Eagles a three touchdown lead.
The Buccaneers got their first points late in the second half when Kevin Crayton scored on a 35-yard run.
West Jefferson amassed six penalties for 55 yards and first-year head coach Kevin Fox said that was his team’s main weakness.
“We still got too many mistakes, too many penalties,” Fox said. “We got guys that are not technically where they need to be. I think that’s the biggest issue that we got. We’ve had it going on three weeks now. It’s been going on for a while. So, it’s a pattern.
“We’ve got to get really better with that so that our execution improves.”
While Shaw relied on its running game, West Jefferson quarterback Coley Ransaw completed 13-22 passes for 149 yards and threw one interception.
In the first contest, Ehret defeated Thomas Jefferson 28-0. Helen Cox defeated Higgins 17-3. With 1:53 left, Higgins got to the 20 on a 35-yard pass. However, the Cougars recovered the ball with 46 seconds left.