MOUNDSVILLE - It's not all that uncommon for a player whose team ended up on the wrong side of the scoreboard to get lost in the shuffle. After all, to the victors go the spoils, right?
Coming into the season with expectations quite higher than they've been in some time, the Monarchs rallied in the fourth quarter Friday night but came up just short, 21-12, against University. But junior John Marshall fullback-tailback Chase Gump made it possible for anyone to ignore his performance. Gump carried the ball 22 times for 120 tough yards, ensuring at the very least the Hawks woke up quite sore Saturday morning.
''I ran out and shook his hand. I sought him out (after the game),'' University coach John Kelley said. ''First of all, he's as good of a running back as you will see anywhere in the state at this level.
FILE PHOTO BY ALEX KOZLOWSKI
John Marshall fullback-tailback Chase Gump doesn’t waste time trying to run around defenders. As University found out, the junior highly prefers running through them.
''He won't go down. You think you have him tackled ... I mean, I had three or four guys on him and his legs keep moving.
''He's the heart and soul for them.''
Gump began the game at fullback, running mostly quick hitters at the teeth of the Hawks defense, and he picked up 71 yards in the first half. Sensing he had the hot hand, JM coach Rick Goodrich moved Gump to tailback in the second half.
''We've been working with him some in the preseason and we thought he hit the hole pretty good (as a tailback),'' Goodrich said. ''We thought he gives us more of a dynamic threat with the offense we run.
''He's a big boy who works hard.''
And, Gump is just as effective on defense, as his team-leading 10 tackles suggest.
Offensive Players of the Week
Austin Dorris, Shadyside
The senior played the way you would expect a Division-I recruit (Indiana) to in a season opener. Dorris carried the ball 35 times for 237 yards to help the Tigers salt away a victory against a tough Meadowbrook squad. Dorris also completed 7 of 12 passes for 127 yards and a touchdown as Shadyside took care of its 24th consecutive regular-season victory.
Thrust into the starting running back position because of injury, this beast of a senior literally carried the load in Wheeling Park's blowout victory against Allderdice, Pa. Blackston set a school record for carries in a game with 43, resulting in another school mark with 298 yards, breaking the previous one held by the late Dino Cardinelli, on his way to a three-touchdown effort. Blackston finished with a team-high 313 yards of total offense.
Defensive Player of the Week
Cole Skaggs, St. Clairsville
A one-man machine as the Red Devils limited Claymont to seven points in a three score victory, Skaggs, a junior linebacker, was charted with 11 total tackles, including one that went for a loss. In addition, he had a pair of quarterback sacks and forced two fumbles.
Mr. Do It All
* Kam Davis, Weir: People will know his name real fast. Davis carried 17 times for 79 yards and a touchdown, caught two passes for 75 yards and another score, while also returning an interception for a touchdown. He had two INTs overall.
* Brendan Ferns, St. Clairsville: Was all over the field on both sides of the ball. Offensively he carried 20 times for 120 and a score while catching two passes for 40 yards and another TD. Defensively, Ferns made eight tackles.
* Isaac Rine, Wheeling Central: QB Isaac Rine completed 9 of 13 for 174 yards and three touchdowns while also gaining 90 yards and another score on the ground.
* Will Larch, Weir: The quarterback completed 13 of 25 for 258 yards and three scores, and also rushed for an even 100 on 13 carries.
* Pat Britton, Bridgeport: He carried seven times for 66 yards while also finding time on defense to record eight tackles - two for losses.
* Tyler West, Bellaire: Returned three punts for 13 yards, two kickoffs for 46 yards, rushed once for 24 and caught three passes for 56 yards and a touchdown.
* Joey Ewusiak, Madonna: Making his first start at quarterback, the sophomore carried 18 times for 187 yards and three touchdowns, while also completing 7 of 14 passes for 146 yards and three more scores as the Dons routed Beallsville.
* Levi Brown, Monroe Central: Carried 20 times for 97 yards and a score and caught a team-high three passes for 27 yards in a one-point victory against Union Local.
* Arjay Burress, Martins Ferry: A junior, he carried 18 times for 207 yards and scored a pair of touchdowns in a big victory against Buckeye Local.
* Austin Snodgrass, Buckeye Trail: Making his first varsity start, the freshman gained an even 100 yards on 23 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns.
* Brandon Angalich, Wheeling Central: He came through with 104 yards and three touchdowns on just six carries as his team routed Notre Dame on Saturday night.
* Spencer Ware. Union Local: He gained 6.3 yards a pop on 18 carries to finish with 114 yards.
* Brett Moore, Bishop Donahue: A hard runner, Moore racked up a career-high 130 yards on 12 carries and scored four total touchdowns as the Bishops rolled rival Cameron.
* Michael Purro, Indian Creek: Rumbled his way to an even 150 yards on 24 carries to help the Redskins edge Brooke.
* Ethan Shannon, Edison: Picked up 177 yards on 29 carries and scored a pair of touchdowns in a close loss to Oak Glen.
* Jesse Padlow, Bishop Donahue: Picked up right where he left off a season ago, completing 17 of 27 (seven were dropped) for 269 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
* Tyler Ramsey, Bellaire: In his first varsity start, completed 10 of 30 for 156 yards and a touchdown.
* Noah Martin, John Marshall: A junior, Martin connected on 10 of 26 attempts for 160 yards and a touchdown in a narrow loss to University.
* Jarrett Hooper, Monroe Central: Sophomore completed 7 of 15 passes for 100 yards.
* Chase Hartley, Oak Glen: Completed 59.4 percent (19 of 32) passes for 273 yards and a touchdown in a narrow victory against Edison.
* Mandela Lawrence-Burke, Steubenville: Went 9-for-14 for 219 yards and three scores as Big Red rolled Cleveland JFK.
* Zach Arbogast, Harrison Central: Was good on 13 of 22 for 204 yards and a score.
* Blaze Glenn, Toronto: Completed 13 of 28 for 179 yards in a loss to Wellsville.
* Trey Miller, Bishop Donahue: Still just a sophomore, Miller hauled in three passes that went for a total of 79 yards.
* Donavan Spencer, Weir: Hauled in three Larch passes for 79 yards and a touchdown.
* Jacoby Steele, Clay-Battelle: Finally a senior, this bruising back rumbled for 154 yards and three touchdowns in a victory against Paden City.
* Cyle Perez, Oak Glen: Caught nine passes for 79 yards
* Jared Horan, John Marshall: Only made two catches, but turned them into 85 yards and a score.
* Govanni Rocchi, Harrison Central: Hauled in seven passes for 150 yards and a huge touchdown against Buckeye Trail.
* Ma'Lik Richmond, Steubenville: Was the recipient of four passes, good for 105 yards and a score.
* Micah Swiger: Pulled in five passes for 77 yards and a touchdown.
* Isaiah Pavlic, Indian Creek: The junior came up with a team-high 13 tackles, a sack and a fumble recovery, yet somehow still found time to break up a pass.
* Alex Carroll, Paden City: Was credited with 14 stops in an opening-week loss to Clay-Battelle.
* Zahir Hicks, Weir: Finished with nine tackles, three of which went for losses, six assists and a pass break up.
* Tyler Faulk, Buckeye Trail: He was in on 10 tackles (six solo, four assists), including four behind the line of scrimmage, and registered a sack.
* Alex Riedel, Bishop Donahue: One half a dynamic linebacking tandem, the senior was charted with a team-high 12 tackles.
* Austin Connell, Madonna: Not a bad opening night, registering six tackles - two for loss - and a pair of sacks.
* Kiel Berger, Buckeye Trail: The 5-foot-3, 115-pound cornerback showed he isn't afraid to stick his nose in the fray, as his nine tackles (eight solo) will attest. In addition. Berger had a sack and forced a fumble.
* Zach Connor, Indian Creek: Made 10 tackles (one for a loss) and registered half a sack,
* Brad Pritchett, Bridgeport: He was in on eight stops as the Bulldogs dropped one to Valley on the road.
* Colton McKivitz, Union Local: The Jets staged a rally that came up a point short, and the defense was a big part of that, led by McKivitz. He has 12 tackles including five solo, and caused a fumble.
* Matt Barbour, Martins Ferry: Did a little bit of everything, coming through with six tackles, a sack, two pass deflections and a blocked punt.
* Matt Vucelik, Bishop Donahue: The other half of that duo, he started his season with a 10-stop performance.
* Dylan Dokes, Buckeye Local: Had a pretty significant effort in a loss to Martins Ferry, coming through with eight solo tackles (three for loss), two assists, a fumble recovery and a blocked kick.
* Chace Braden, Bellaire: Charted with 10 tackles - seven solos - in a loss to Ridgewood.
* Zach Cole, Indian Creek: The stats guy had Cole with eight tackles, one of which was behind the line of scrimmage, as well as a sack and a forced fumble.
* Tanner Potts, Monroe Central: Tied for the team lead in tackles with 10, including one for a loss.
* C.J. Huff, Bishop Donahue: Picked up his first sack after 13.5 last season, while making nine total tackles.
* Damion Beall, Buckeye Local: A strong start with eight total tackles, seven of which were of the solo variety.
* Alex Whorton, John Marshall: Began his senior year with eight tackles, which was good enough for second on the team.
* Justin Killburn, Monroe Central: Was charted with 10 tackles - three in the backfield.