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Football: Bishop Donahue Rolls

October 12, 2012
By RICK THORP ( , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

PADEN CITY - Jordan Bonar scored four touchdowns three different ways and Saquan Hill ran for three scores as Bishop Donahue bolstered its playoff positioning with a 66-0 thumping of Paden City on Friday night on Senior Night at Berger Field.

The Bishops (6-2) overwhelmed the youthful Wildcats (1-7) and wasted little time in putting the game away.

Lavonte Hampton - on his only carry of the game - scored on a 51-yard run on the first play from scrimmage.

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Bishop Donahue’s Saquan Hill (23) leaves, among others, Paden City’s Denton Thomas (56) in his wake on his way to the end zone Friday night at Paden City.

From there, it only took Bishop Donahue five more plays during two series to boost the lead to 25-0.

In between, Bonar scored the first of his touchdowns on a 69-yard punt return at the end of Paden City's first offensive series.

Bonar helped increase the lead near the end of the first quarter when he picked off a Brandon Cross pass and returned it 82 yards for a score. The first of five Jacob Zombek extra-point kicks made the score 32-0.

Another Bonar touchdown in the second quarter, along with scoring runs of 1 and 48 yards by Hill, gave the Bishops a 53-0 halftime lead.

Aside from getting his reserves some much-needed game action, Bishops coach John Durdines was pleased with how clean the game was played.

''In our last game (a 15-14 home loss to Madonna) what really killed us were our false starts and penalties,'' he said. ''And, up until that delay of game in the fourth quarter because we were trying to run out the clock, we didn't have any. That's what I'm extremely proud of.''

The Wildcats also had one penalty for 5 yards.

''Regardless of who you're playing, those penalties are a result of our own discipline and we really enforced that in practice this week,''Durdines added.

''To not have those (penalties) that cost us last week, that's what we were really looking for.''

Brett Moore and Matthew Vucelik provided the scoring for the Bishops in the second half on runs of 17 and 1 yard.

''It's always beneficial to get the younger players out there,'' Durdines said. ''If you want to build a successful program one of the keys is getting the younger kids out there and getting them some quality minutes.''

Paden City Coach Brent Croasmun knows all about having a young team. When the seniors were introduced before kickoff the veteran coach had just one player - Drew Bidwell - receiving applause from the crowd.

Not only are the Wildcats inexperienced - especially on the lines - but the team has also been beset by numerous concussions and other injuries. At one point Friday night, two reserves stood on the sideline.

''I'm real proud of our effort ... just stepping out on the field,'' Croasmun said. ''I have to give them credit for doing that.''

While some players might walk away from a situation like the Wildcats are in, Croasmun said his players keep plugging away.

''There was a point where we didn't know whether or not we'd be able to finish the season,'' he said. ''We have two weeks left (road games at Beallsville and Valley) and we lost a couple of more guys (Friday). But, hopefully, we'll get a few back next week.

''We'll try to finish out the season. That's what we're trying to do ... survive.''

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