Weekend Wrap: Comis Is Spark For Madonna

WEIRTON – Ross Comis had to watch Weirton Madonna’s playoff run last season come to an end and he couldn’t do anything about it.

As long as he can stay healthy this season, the Blue Dons junior quarterback plans on changing that.

”It was really tough sitting from the sideline and see your teammates fight out there, and you can’t be out with them,” Comis said. ”That’s why I am trying to stay healthy this year so I can be out there to lead them.”

So far, so good.

Comis is off to a fantastic start to the season in which he has passed for 502 yards (125.5per game) with five touchdowns. But where Comis is more dangerous is with his legs, having rushed for 517 yards (129.2 per game) and seven touchdowns.

His talents doing both were on display last Friday at Dragon Stadium in a 60-14 thrashing of Cameron. Comis threw for 114 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 135 yards and a score.

”He has gotten faster, makes better reads, makes better decisions, and is a strong kid from the hips down,” Madonna coach Doug Taylor said. ”He breaks tackles like not too many quarterbacks can so it’s nice to have him back there running the football and throwing the football.”

At 6-foot-1, 205 pounds, Comis is a load to handle no matter what he is doing. His size and agility, plus his style of play is similar to how Carolina Panthers quarterback Cam Newton plays.

That is a comparison brings a smile to Comis’ face.

”That is my idol and I try to play like him every day,” Comis said. ”I like running and passing both. I’ve always liked contact and running people over. I have gotten a lot faster since last year when I wasn’t able to break long runs. No one has been catching me this year.”

Friday’s victory moved Weirton Madonna to 3-1 and will likely move them into the WVSSAC Class A playoff rankings. The Blue Dons play host to Bridgeport this week, followed by a tough three-game road trip against Bishop Donahue, Notre Dame, and Steubenville Catholic where playoff positioning points with be aplenty.

”I have big expectations,” Comis said. ”We have been milking on this junior class for a while. We have a lot of athletes and it’s just coming together. We had a tough loss against Wheeling Central but we feel like we learned a lot and are ready to take on any obstacles the rest of the season.”

Added Taylor: ”We told him before the season started that since he’s the quarterback, he’s the leader whether he wanted to be or not. He takes command of the huddle and takes command of the practice and we expect that out of him and he does a good job of it.”

Ground Gainers

  • Marcus Sutton, Brandon Laughman, Martins Ferry: Sutton rushed for 139 yards and Laughman added 113 yards in a victory against Union Local. Both scored a touchdown.
  • Dallas Fields, Bridgeport: Bulldogs tailback carried 16 times for 138 yards and a score in loss to Buckeye Trail.
  • Logan Woods, Indian Creek: Redskins back rushed 21 times for 140 yards in knocking off previously unbeaten Bellaire.
  • Saquan Hill, Bishop Donahue: Hill carried nine times for 143 yards in a victory against Notre Dame.
  • Jaylon Brown, St. Clairsville: Red Devils back led the ground attack with 213 yards and three scores in a victory against Harrison Central.
  • Logan Woods, Indian Creek: Woods rushed for 120 yards, averaging 5.7 yards per carry during a victory against Bellaire.
  • Brandon Cross, Paden City: Wildcat back rushed for 214 yards and three touchdowns in a victory against Hundred.
  • Chinelo Oparanozie, Linsly: Cadets tailback went for 147 yards in loss to Shadyside.

Aerial Attack

  • Cody Caldwell, River: Pilots quarterback passed for 147 yards and a touchdown as River edged Caldwell.
  • Zach Phillips, Wheeling Park: Patriots signalcaller completed eight passes for 197 yards and two touchdowns in victory against rival Brooke.
  • Kyle Yaquinta, Barnesville: Shamrocks QB went 7 of 9 for 160 yards and two scores in a victory against Shenandoah.
  • Jeremiah Fromhart, John Marshall: Monarchs senior threw for 275 yards and three touchdowns while rushing for two more scores in victory against East Liverpool.
  • Nathan Kirk, Buckeye Local: Kirk threw for 230 yards and two scores in a victory against Edison.
  • Jesse Padlow, Bishop Donahue: Bishops quarterback went a perfect 4 of 4 for 122 yards and three scores in besting Notre Dame.
  • Matt Kinnick, St. Clairsville: Red Devils signalcaller threw for 129 yards on 7 of 8 passing and three touchdowns in victory against Harrison Central.
  • Spencer Badia, Bellaire: Big Reds QB completed 19 passes for 243 yards during a loss to Indian Creek.
  • Zach Heasley, Paden City: Wildcats sophomore threw for 163 yards on 7 of 9 passing and two scores during a victory against Hundred.
  • Tanner Hanna, Magnolia: Blue Eagles quarterback threw for 109 yards and a score in a victory against Wheeling Central.
  • Corey Lafferre, Monroe Central: Seminoles signal caller completed six passes for 101 yards in a loss to Fort Frye.
  • Alec Buchmelter, Brooke: Bruins senior threw for 101 yards and a score against Wheeling Park.

Good Hands Team

  • Eric Banks, Wheeling Park: Banks was Phillips’ favorite target Friday night at Wheeling Island Stadium as the Patriots receiver caught four passes for 145 yards against the Bruins.
  • Shane Duncan, Buckeye Local: Panthers receiver caught five passes for 116 yards and a score in a victory against Edison.
  • Nick Patrone, Bellaire: Patrone led the Big Reds with 112 yards on five catches in a loss to Indian Creek.
  • Stephen Rogalski, Magnolia: Blue Eagles wideout caught five passes for 106 yards and a touchdown during a victory against Wheeling Central.

Mr. Everything

  • Nick Asturi, River: Asturi caught three passes for 89 yards and a touchdown, returned a kickoff 82 yards for a score, while making 11 tackles against the Redskins.
  • Eliott Nero, Weirton Madonna: Nero might have been overshadowed by Comis, but had a solid day with 11 carries for 126 yards and two scores. He also returned a kickoff 85 yards for a touchdown.
  • C.J. Burch, Wheeling Central: Maroon Knight quarterback totaled 205 yards of total offense and a touchdown in a loss to Magnolia.
  • Chase Kinemond, Shadyside: Tigers signalcaller rushed for 152 yards, threw for 88 yards and a score and also intercepted a pass on defense in win against Linsly.

Wrecking Crew

  • Travis James, Kaleb McDiffitt, Union Local: James led the way with 15 tackles, three for a loss, and an interception, while McDiffitt had 14 total tackles in loss to Martins Ferry.
  • Patrick Britton, Bridgeport: Britton led Bulldogs in tackles with 14 against the Warriors.
  • Jonathan Stewart, Kameron Brown, Jordan Sapp, River: Stewart paced River with 14 tackles, followed by Brown and Sapp, each with 12. Sapp also blocked a field goal.
  • Geremy Paige, Wheeling Park: Defensive standout paced the Patriots unit with 11 tackles.
  • Garrett Hypes, Travis Brown: Hypes paced the Blue Dons defense with 12 tackles and an interception, while Brown added 10 tackles against the Dragons.
  • Braxton Nolte, Wheeling Central: Nolte led the Maroon Knights with 10 tackles and two sacks in a loss to Magnolia.
  • Brandon Burkhart, Barnesville: Shamrocks senior brought down the ball carrier 11 times while getting to the quarterback twice during a victory against Shenandoah.
  • Kolt Galentine, Larry Eddy, John Marshall: Monarch duo totaled 10 tackles apiece in a victory against the Potters.
  • Nick Maffe, Logan Koshenka, Bellaire: Maffe and Koshenka both made 10 tackles each during a loss to Indian Creek.
  • Willie Wilkinson, Kyle Postelwait, Paden City: Wilkinson led the Wildcats defense with 13 tackles while Postelwait added 10 more.
  • Jacob Brill, Kage Rohde, Magnolia: Brill made 16 total tackles to led the Blue Eagles defense while Rohde notched 12 stops in a win against Wheeling Central.
  • Darren Baldwin, Weir: Red Rider defender made 11 tackles, three going for losses and two sacks in loss to Liberty.
  • Jake Sherman, Mike Jones, Camden Hill, Monroe Central: Sherman led the Seminoles defense with 14 tackles while Mike Jones totaled 12.5 stops. Camden Hill also had 11.5 tackles during a loss to Fort Frye.
  • Kay Ogundiran, Linsly: Cadets senior made 10 tackles, one for a loss, and a fumble recovery against the Tigers.
  • Tyler Lathem, Shane Winland, Montel McClelland, Indian Creek: Lathem registered 10 tackles, a sack and forced a fumble against, while Winland made 10 stops and picked off a pass and McClelland returned a fumble for a touchdown.

Big Boot

  • Colton Wright, River: Kicker had ice in his veins, connecting on a 34-yard field goal as time expired to propel River to victory. He also added three extra points.

(Weekend wrap only includes teams that called or emailed their stats on Sunday).