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Class A Playoffs Full of OVAC Teams

November 11, 2013
The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register


Staff Writer

The Class A playoffs will have a distinct Ohio Valley Athletic Conference feel when the West Virginia playoffs kick off this weekend around the state.

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A healthy Lavonte Hampton could make Bishop Donahue a juggernaut some teams might not want to face in the playoffs.

Of the 16 teams that qualified for the postseason, five of them are OVAC teams.

The favorite in the field in OVAC is Class A regular-season champion Madonna.

Madonna opens by hosting Tucker County Friday night.

The Blue Dons advanced to the state championship game last year and fell to Wahama on Wheeling Island Stadium.

Madonna went through the season unscathed, outscoring opponents by nearly 36 points per game.

The Blue Dons closest game was a 22-17 victory against then undefeated Steubenville Catholic in Week 9.

Madonna beat four of the teams that made the playoff field by an average of 50-12.3.

The Blue Dons beat OVAC rival Clay-Battelle in the final game of the regular-season last week, 35-6.

The Cee-Bees were 8-0 heading into that game before falling a losing a chance to host a playoff game.

Not by much, however.

No. 9 Clay-Battelle will face defending state champion and No. 8 seed Wahama at Point Pleasant Friday.

No. 12 Bishop Donahue downed Tyler Consolidated Thursday and with it earned a No. 13 seed. They will make the long trek to Man to face the No. 4 Hillbillies (9-1).

The Blue Dons started the season 3-3 but won four straight by averaging 42.3 points per game behind the precision-passing of Jesse Padlow and the big-play ability of LeVonte Hampton and a talented receiver corps.

The defense is led by defensive lineman Chris Vani, who has 15 sacks.

No. 13 Wheeling Central (6-4) found interesting ways to win and lose games this year and also overcame a myriad injuries to key players to qualify for the postseason once again make the postseason.

Despite losing key player Parker Henry to a season-ending ACL injury, the Maroon Knights qualified and will travel to Williamstown Friday night .

No. 14 Magnolia (6-4) might have been the best story of the bunch, overcoming a gauntlet of Linsly (8-2), Williamstown (8-2), St. Mary's (10-0) and Wheeling Central (6-4)). They lost the four by a combined 17 points, although one touchdown, against Central, came on a blocked kick that was returned for a touchdown with time expired.

The Blue Eagles came back from the pile of those playing out the string to beat 8-1 Stuebenville and then scored on their first eight possessions in a 54-13 regular-season ending victory over Oak Glen.

Magnolia travels to Charleston Saturday afternoon to face No. 3 Valley-Fayette (10-0).

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