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Football: Brown, Red Devils Run Over Ferry

St. Clairsville RB romps for 213 yards 4 tds in win

September 21, 2013
By SETH STASKEY For The Intelligencer , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MARTINS FERRY - St. Clairsville has had its fair share of troubles securing victories at the Dave Bruney Football Complex.

With the Purple Riders chewing up clock like no one's business in the first half, executing their offensive gameplan to a tee, the Red Devils had to start to have a feeling of deja vu.

Then senior standout Jaylon Brown got involved for the Red Devils and the Purple Riders, who dominated the time of possession, couldn't keep up on the scoreboard in the battle of state-ranked teams Friday night as St. Clairsville pulled away for a 35-14 victory

"Jaylon's a big-time player and a tough kid," St. C. coach Brett McLean said. "He's earned everything he's received. I hope all of our young kids want to be like him."

Behind four touchdowns and 213 yards rushing from Brown, the Red Devils won their 15th straight regular-season game and fourth in a row this season, beating the Purple Riders (3-1).

"I liked our gameplan, and I thought we had opportunities to make a few plays, but we didn't take advantage of those and we didn't tackle No. 8 (Brown)," Ferry coach Dave Bruney said. "We did everything we wanted to do, but we just didn't score."

The Riders ran 30 more offensive plays than the Red Devils, but the rate at which St. C. was able to strike was the difference.

Ferry was gaining yards in clips of 3, 4 or 5 for the most part as it pounded away with Marcus Sutton, Bruce Burger, Bryan Styles and Eric Flowers.

St. Clairsville, meanwhile, scored on a kickoff return by Malik Gummer, answering the first Riders touchdown, which ate more than half of the first quarter before a 2-yard plunge by Burger.

Gummer scooped up the kick and race it back 58 yards for the touchdown.

"We changed our kickoff for this week to prevent that, and we just didn't didn't do it," Bruney said. "We worked on it every day this week, but we had kids collapse clear to the middle of the field."

Shortly after the Riders took the lead on a 3-yard burst by Flowers, which capped a 13-play, 78-yard drive that featured just one pass from Flowers to Robert Vargo for 16 yards, Brown dashed to the end zone, 65 yards untouched. Zach Musilli's second of five PAT's knotted the game at 14-14.

"That's why (Brown) is getting a scholarship," Bruney said. "He gets a step and you're not going to get him. They did a nice job. They had a nice gameplan. You plan how to get (Brown) in space and they were able to do that."

The Red Devils took control on the first possession of the second half. Facing a third-and-long in their own territory, quarterback Michael Monteroso found J.C. Coleman for a 31-yard gain and first down. They converted another third down two plays later when Monteroso found sophomore Brendan Ferns for 15 yards and Brown did the rest.

"Those were a couple of big throws Michael made in the clutch," McLean said. "I thought the catch that J.C. made in the third quarter was one of the biggest plays of the game. We had some things we wanted to do in the first half, but we couldn't get the ball."

Martins Ferry didn't deviate from what it wanted to do on the next possession. It marched to the 27-yard line before a loss and two incomplete passes gave the ball back to the Devils.

With 10:32 to go, Brown capped a six-play drive - carrying each time - from 30 yards out.

"Whether it was at Claymont, against Renaissance or here, we had to power the football to win," McLean said. "We did a lot of wide open stuff last year and that's fun, but we're doing sound things right now and our team is maturing."

Martins Ferry, still with faint hope, drove inside the Devils 30, but the St. C. defense got another stop.

e first possession of the second half. Facing a third-and-long in their own territory, quarterback Michael Monteroso found J.C. Coleman for a 31-yard gain and first down. They converted another third down two plays later when Monteroso found sophomore Brendan Ferns for 15 yards and Brown did the rest.

"Those were a couple of big throws Michael made in the clutch," McLean said. "I thought the catch that J.C. made in the third quarter was one of the biggest plays of the game. We had some things we wanted to do in the first half, but we couldn't get the ball."

Martins Ferry didn't deviate from what it wanted to do on the next possession. It marched to the 27-yard line before a loss and two incomplete passes gave the ball back to the Devils.

With 10:32 to go, Brown capped a six-play drive - carrying each time - from 30 yards out.

"Whether it was at Claymont, against Renaissance or here, we had to power the football to win," McLean said. "We did a lot of wide open stuff last year and that's fun, but we're doing sound things right now and our team is maturing."

Martins Ferry, still with faint hope, drove inside the Devils 30, but the St. C. defense got another stop.

 
 

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