WEIRTON - Madonna celebrated Homecoming at Jimmy Carey Stadium in style Friday with a dominant 48-6 victory against Cameron.
Led by the trio of Elliot Nero, Ross Comis, and Will Bowser on offense, and a defense that surrendered 130 yards, the Blue Dons (4-0), at one point, held a 48-0 lead.
"We're blessed with quite a few athletes," Madonna coach Doug Taylor said. "You're talking Bowser, and you've also got Marcello Biondillo, you've got (Nate) Guio, and you've got (Tyler) Ewusiak so it's a lot for teams to defend. (Friday) Bowser had a great night, and next week I expect one of those others to step up.
"Nero was the workhorse for us running the ball. We wanted to take a little of the load off of Ross, and let him concentrate on throwing the football."
Despite the tough loss, Cameron (1-4) coach Jim Rogers was proud of his team's effort as they look forward to better things in the second half of the season.
"We've done that all year," Rogers said of his team's effort. "Outmanned? Yeah we were outmanned. We knew that, and tried to play the clock a little bit more. I'm happy with the way our kids responded. I thought we grew as a team more than any other game this season.
"I know that sounds crazy with the 48-6 score, but I saw a lot of character come out in our kids. We bonded together, and we have a good second half of the season right in front of us."
The Blue Dons scored on their first five possessions, with Comis involved in four of the five touchdowns.
Comis opened the scoring with a 5-yard run that capped a 11-play, 65-yard drive and Madonna led 6-0.
On the next two possessions, Comis found Bowser on scoring tosses. The first came from 45 yards, and the second from 27 yards. Matt Green put home both extra points, and the scoreboard read 20-0 Madonna.
The next two scores were a pair of TD runs - a 5-yard score by Comis and a 59-yard jaunt by Nero and the Blue Dons led 34-0.
"Now it's four years I've watched this," Rogers said. "The third coming. I've been watching this. My good friend Johnny Retton, God bless him, he used to talk about these kids.
"Yeah they're good. They're really good."
Comis added the final score for the starters with a 9-yard run in the third quarter and the extra point made it 41-0.
Backup quarterback Joey Ewusiak capped the Madonna scoring with a 15-yard run.
"A class act there at the end putting his other kids in," Rogers said. "I told him we don't have many kids, that when he subs not to look for us to because we just don't have them. Doug and his crew did a good job."
The Dragons put their six points up on a 55-yard completion from Logan Routt to Michael Starcher.
"I'm happy we got to score down here," Rogers said. "They gave us fits all night on defense, but we're going to get better."
The Madonna defense controlled the game as the Dragons only managed 43 first half yards with 20 coming on a run that picked up their only first down of the half. The Dragons had 22 carries for 42 yards rushing for the game with Routt completing 7 of 19 passes for 88 yards and a score.
Biondillo and Dillon Shaw each had interceptions with Bowser recovering a fumble for the Blue Dons.
Nero led a Madonna rushing attack that accounted for 327 yards with 170 and a score. Comis was 10 of 16 for 184 yards and two scores. Bowser had six catches for 116 yards and both scores.
Shane Williams had an interception and Dalton Wood had a fumble recovery for the Dragons.