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FOOTBALL LOOKAHEAD: Cameron Returns Home to Face Talented Madonna

September 20, 2012
By JOSH STROPE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Last Friday at Beallsville, Cameron coach Jim Rogers couldn't have been more proud of his kids after scoring 22 points in the fourth quarter to stun the Blue Devils, 42-40.

Getting behind has been a common occurrence for the Dragons this season and the veteran coach has been preaching consistency.

Cameron will need that and more with Weirton Madonna invading Dragons Stadium on Friday.

''We can't (fall behind) this week and we know that,'' Rogers said. ''We can't get two or three scores behind or we are going to be in trouble.

''From the kickoff on, we are going to have to be consistent.''

Rogers felt the Dragons let one get away against Notre Dame, the No. 1 ranked team in the Class A rankings, in Week 3.

''We wanted to use that as a springboard game,'' he said. ''That one hurt. But now we get another chance with Madonna. There is a lot of football left to be played and we think this is one of the better teams we've had here in a long time.''

Cameron has been riding the hot hand of sophomore quarterback Logan Routt.

Routt threw for 331 yards and a score against Beallsville.

His favorite target in that game and all season has been senior standout Mark Walker. Walker caught seven passes for 170 yards last Friday.

''It was a big win for us and I think it was the biggest comeback in the history of the school,'' Rogers said. ''But we have been expecting a game like that from our kids all season and hopefully it carries to this week.''

Walker has also caught the eye of Weirton Madonna coach Doug Taylor.

''That is a good football player, a second team all-stater and he is a threat on offense and defense,'' Taylor said. ''He has a knack for finding the open spot and on defense, he moved to outside linebacker and is really thriving there.

''We have to know where he is at at all times.''

Weirton Madonna was impressive Friday with a 49-6 thumping of Fort Frye at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

Do-everything quarterback Ross Comis was at his very best, rushing 12 times for 129 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed 10 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown strike to Will Bowser.

Eliott Nero added two touchdowns and Garrett Hypes also scored.

''The Comis boy is a real athlete,'' Rogers said. ''He throws the ball well and is patient. He rides that handoff as long as he can to see if he needs to run with it. They don't do anything fancy, but what they do do, they do well.

''We can't worry about just shutting down Comis because there are 10 other kids playing with him. It's an assignment thing for us and everyone has one.''

Added Taylor: ''Coach Rogers does such a good job with those guys. They are very athletic and they have had some success throwing with a tall quarterback so we have to try and make sure we can get some pressure on him. This is a team that can score a lot of points in a hurry.''

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