MOUNDSVILLE - Bishop Donahue hit No. 1 ranked Clarksburg Notre Dame with a stunning taste of reality in the first 15 seconds of the game and the Fighting Irish never recovered on a cool, early fall Saturday evening at Monarch Stadium.
Speedy Saquan Hill gathered in the opening kickoff near the left hash on the 14-yard-line and raced through the Fighting Irish defense for an 86-yard-touchdown that ignited the Bishops (4-1) to a runaway 59-21 victory.
Hill's dash was just one of five long-distance touchdowns racked up by the hosts as they piled up over 500 yards of offense for the second week in a row.
Bishop Donahue’s Hunter Kaschke (8) tries to break away from a tackle Saturday night.
Photo by Art Limann
Donahue also dipped into its bag of tricks as well, extending the lead to 16-0 late in the first quarter when Lavonte Hampton took a direct snap and found Hill running free again along the right sideline for a 72-yard touchdown.
Sophomore quarterback Jesse Padlow, 4-for-4 during the evening, had touchdown strikes of 45 yards to Josh Miller, 62 yards to Hampton and 16 yards to Jordan Bonar, who also scored on 12-yard run. Backup QB Hunter Kaschke also got into the act in the third quarter by running 11 yards for a touchdown on a keeper play and later hit Andrew Cunningham with a short pass in the left flat that ended up going for a 65-yard score.
The Bishops also received a pair of two-point conversion runs from Bonar and one each by Padlow, Hampton and Hill.
''Saquan's kickoff return to start the game obviously was huge," Donahue coach John Durdines said. ''It was a great lift that got us excited and fired the kids up.
''I thought defensively (that) beside the one long pass, we played outstanding.''
Notre Dame's only score against the Bishops' first-team came on a deep-out completion from Tony Sestito to Wakem Simon covering 65 yards late in the first quarter that trimmed the hosts' lead to 16-7. However, Bishop Donahue responded three more TDs and added the two-point conversions each time to lead 40-7.
Until the Bishops pulled all their starters late in the third quarter, the usually effective Sestito was just two of 16 through the air with one interception.
Late in the game he hooked up with Gaje Brown for a 12-yard score while the Fighting Irish season-long rushing standout Santino Cava was also held in check before breaking off a 54-yard touchdown run with just 2:53 left in the fourth quarter.
Cava finished with 137 yards on 20 rushing attempts, while Sestito's final totals showed 4 of 19 passing for 100 yards.
Hill accounted for 140 yards rushing on only nine attempts but had a huge night in total yardage with his 86-yard kickoff return and the 72-yard touchdown reception.
''Saquan has been running so hard lately," the pleased Durdines pointed out. ''Teams have been wanting to jump on Bonar and I've been saying all long that we have more than just Jordan Bonar. Saquan and Lavonte have really been outstanding and Jesse Padlow threw the ball great.
''He had a couple of nice play action throws that really sucked them in and allowed us to get the deep ball.''
With three Bishops combining to throw five touchdown passes, the hosts had 261 yards through the air, an average of over 43 yards per catch. The ground game accounted for 269 yards, putting the team total at 530 yards.
Bishop Donahue found plenty of running room along the left side of its offense line, led by the blocking of tackle Chase Padlow and guard Nick Fallova.
''We saw on film they were they were a little stronger on the left side of their defense and we were basically able to take advantage of our left side of the line," Durdines said.
The loss ended Clarksburg Notre Dame's three-game winning streak and will surely drop them several notches in the West Virginia Class A rankings. Bishop Donahue, ranked 13th last week, figures to make a jump up the ladder.
''We were excited about the opportunity to play this game against a quality team," Durdines noted. ''Notre Dame had not trailed the entire season and we felt that if we could get them down, we would be able to keep them down.''