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St. C. Takes It To Bellaire

Brown has a career game

September 29, 2012
By SETH STASKEY For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

ST. CLAIRSVILLE - Bellaire coach Jose Davis cautioned his team all week about St. Clairsville's ability to ring up points in a hurry.

Seeing is believing for the Big Reds, who got a first-hand look at the Red Devils' explosiveness Friday night at Red Devil Stadium.

The Red Devils had five scoring drives that lasted three plays or less en route to a 58-14 victory against the Big Reds.

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St. Clairsville’s Jaylon Brown looks to avoid a defender during Friday’s game against Bellaire.

''We talked all week about not being able to give up the eight-second touchdown drive and we gave them up,'' Davis said. ''Our season is nowhere near over and we've got to regroup and get back to work.''

Davis and the rest of the Big Reds might have nightmares about Red Devils junior speedster Jaylon Brown, who ran around and through the defense to a tune of 224 yards on 19 carries with five touchdowns. Brown also got involved in the passing game by hauling in three catches for 99 yards and another touchdown.

All told, Brow finished 323 yards of offense and six touchdowns.

''Jaylon is really coming into his own,'' Red Devils coach Brett McLean said.

''It's neat to watch him and how he's progressed. I can't believe the night he had. I guess we should have gotten him another yard (receiving) somewhere.''

Brown opened the scoring with an 88-yard touchdown reception from Matt Kinnick. On the next Red Devils drive, he plunged in from a yard out.

After the Big Reds made it 14-7 on a 61-yard scamper by Nick Maffe, the Red Devils went back to Brown a couple of possessions later. Brown ripped off a 65-yard scoring jaunt early in the second quarter and delivered a stiff arm of a Big Reds defender at about the 20 before racing the rest of the way.

An 11-play drive, which included three penalties that negated lengthy or scoring plays, was capped with a 26-yard field goal by the steady Zach Musilli.

The Big Reds answered as quarterback Spencer Badia, who faced pressure much of the night, found Quinton Crosby for a 29-yard touchdown pass to make it 24-14 with 66 secondsshowing before halftime.

St. C.'s Dan Monteroso returned the kick deep into Big Reds territory. He then caught back-to-back passes for 26 yards to the 2 and from there, Brown finished the drive with another touchdown, making it a 31-14 count at the break.

''This was a good team effort because it was a fist fight early,'' McLean said. ''We need tested like that and I am glad it happened. We need to be able to show character in those situations.''

The Red Devils scored on their first two plays of the third quarter. Brown went 63 yards for another touchdown and Kinnick found senior Jerrid Marhefka for a 42-yard pitch and catch.

Senior Haley Skukan, who chose the white rose which made her Homecoming Queen at halftime, was perfect on three PAT kicks in the second half.

Brown capped his day with a 4-yard plunge with less than four minutes to go in the third.

The Red Devils added a final touchdown in the fourth when senior Justin Callarik scored from 44 yards out.

Kinnick completed 11 of 19 passes for 233 yards. He was picked off for the first time this season when Nick Patrone pilfered an aerial in the first half.

Monteroso caught six balls for 80 yards, while Marhefka made two grabs for 54.

The Bellaire passing game was held primarily in check as Badia completed 8 of 22 for 96 yards and was picked off twice. Crosby caught four balls for 72 yards.

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