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Park Runs Wild

Patriots hold Bulls to 139 yards of offense

September 8, 2012
By SHAWN RINE - Sports Editor ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WHEELING - Wheeling Park committed three turnovers Friday night and was guilty of nine penalties for 65 yards including a pair that took touchdowns off the scoreboard. The Patriots beat Brashear, 41-14, at Wheeling Island Stadium.

That's Jason Vorhees scary. But Wheeling Park (2-1) coach Chris Daugherty knows it will be downright frightful next week at University if his club plays the same way.

''If we make the mistakes we made (here), we'll be 2-2,'' he said. ''Our ceiling is high; we're nowhere near it.

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Wheeling Park’s Josh Dent (20) tries to elude Brashear’s Nick Lupea. The Patriots’ Trent Nicholson (72) trails the play.

''We're in control of that though, I believe. We've got to eliminate a lot of dumb stuff and penalties.''

The Patriots did a number on the Bulls (0-2) defensively, limiting them to 139 yards of offense. They picked off three Russell Page passes, returning two - Zach Drake (14 yards) and Julian Figaretti (98 yards) - for scores, though the latter was nullified by a block-in-the-back penalty well behind the play as the first half ended.

''We have to fix those,'' Daugherty said.

There's no need to tinker with the games of juniors Bryce Ingram and Eric Banks. They combined for five touchdowns, often times making a speedy Brashear team look slow.

Ingram carried 19 times for 196 yards and scored on runs of 13 to begin the game and 38 to close it, sandwiched around an 8-yarder in the third quarter. Meanwhile, Banks hauled in a 44-yard touchdown pass from Zach Phillips and took a punt 63 yards to the house less than four minutes later as the Patriots blew open a 14-point game with a pair of scores to start the third quarter.

If you're keeping track, that's three touchdowns of 38 yards or more.

''When we're on, we're on,'' Daugherty said. ''How much speed does that team have? And Bryce looked fast.

''He hasn't really been patient his whole life because he's always just run around the edge and it's worked. When you get to this level of ball you've got to stay in the seams and you've got to press the hole, and he's doing that and getting the reward for it.''

Yards were hard to come by on the other side, with the exception of receiver Deshaun Roberts, who is on Pitt's radar, among others.

He had eight catches for 85 yards.

''Deshaun's a great player and we try to do a lot of things through him, but it's kind of hard for one guy to win the game when the score is like this,'' Brashear coach Rick Murphy said. ''We had a couple chances and didn't take any opportunity from them, and that hurts.

''We gave them a lot of chances and you can't give good teams those opportunities or that is what will happen.''

Buoyed by that long pass to Banks, Phillips threw for 109 yards on 7 of 14 as the Patriots racked up 359 yards of offense.

''I think our defensive coaches did a great job of getting us ready for this game because we didn't want to have a hiccup because we think we can be a pretty good football team,'' Daugherty said. ''But we've got to do a better job of spreading the ball out and play-action pass.''

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