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Football: Blue Dons Leash Dogs

October 5, 2013
dsp By AARON PETCHAL , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

WEIRTON - See how they run.

Madonna ran for 533 yards and six touchdowns en route to a 55-0 victory against Bridgeport Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

The Blue Dons (5-0) finished with 670 yards of offense on 45 plays, and Madonna scored on eight of its 11 drives. The Blue Dons failed to score on the last drive of the first half and the last drive of the game as they opted to run out the clock instead of running up the score.

The first half ended with the Blue Dons having a first down at the Bulldogs 30, and the victors finished the game with the ball on the visitors 27.

"That is probably the best all-around performance we have had since I have been here," third-year Madonna coach Doug Taylor said. "We worked on being strong on our blocks and to eliminate penalties. We did that."

The Bulldogs totaled 95 yards on 41 plays.

"They jumped on us early, and they kept the momentum," Bridgeport coach Rudy Vavrock said. "They are a very good team. They are real athletic.

"We did not do a good job of tackling. They beat us on both sides of the ball."

The Blue Dons scored on their first offensive play and never looked back.

Offensively, Madonna was led by its dynamic duo of quarterback Ross Comis and running back Eliott Nero.

Comis rushed for 171 yards and three touchdowns, while completing 6 of 8 passes for 137 yards and two more touchdowns. Nero recorded 176 yards on the ground on 13 carries. He also scored two touchdowns.

Also on the ground for Madonna, Dustin Brown netted 50 yards and a touchdown on two carries, Dillon Shaw collected 51 yards on six carries and Joey Ewusiak contributed 62 yards on five carries. Finally, Levi Shreve ended up with 18 yards on two carries, and Stevie Maus ran once for five yards.

Tyler Ewusiak caught a 69-yard touchdown pass on his lone reception of the game, Marcello Biondillo totaled two catches for 36 yards and a touchdown, and Will Bowser recorded two catches for 19 yards.

Jacob Ray led the way offensively for the Bulldogs with 49 rushing yards on nine carries. Quarterback Bailey McGrath completed 3 of 6 passes for eight yards and an interception. Colt Charlton netted one reception for five yards.

The Blue Dons picked up 24 first downs in the game, while the Bulldogs tallied six. Madonna was penalized three times for 25 yards, while Bridgeport was penalized two times for 10 yards.

"Not to take anything away from Bridgeport, but they are still a young team," Taylor said. "They are well coached. We are senior laden, and it really showed."

Madonna scored the first five times it had the ball and has outscored its opponents 241-27 this season.

 
 

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