Weekend Wrap: Blue Dons, Cee-Bees Making Moves in Class A
By DAVE MORRISON
A couple of resounding statements were made over the weekend.
First, Clay-Battelle christened its new field with a convincing 35-6 victory against Bishop Donahue.
Tristan Haught, who is quietly putting together another fine season, was outstanding against the Bishops, rushing for 197 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for 141 yards and another score.
Even more emphatic was the statement made by Madonna Saturday night, which beat previously undefeated – and in some polls, No. 1 – Wheeling Central, 42-7.
“Any time you can start the season 3-0 and beat a team the caliber of a Wheeling Central, it’s a great win for our program,” Madonna coach Doug Taylor said.
He is not, however, concerned about making a statement, at least not this early in the season.
“We just have to take them one at a time,” Taylor said.
As for that game, the Blue Dons took advantage of five Wheeling Central turnovers, which is more of a concern for Maroon Knights coach Mike Young.
“You can’t give up that many turnovers to a team the caliber of Madonna and expect to beat them,” Young said. “We not only shot ourselves in the foot, we gave them an opportunity to show what they could do and to their credit, they did that.”
Madonna quarterback Ross Comis and running back Eliott Nero combined for 267 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
That much was expected, Taylor said.
“Ross is a big-game player,” the coach said. “Any time it’s a big game we want the ball in his hands.
“He shows up in the big games. I thought Eliott Nero had a great game as well.”
The Blue Dons will take a short break with the week off. Taylor said they will work on installing the rest of their offense – news that will not please future opponents – before playing host to Cameron for homecoming Sept. 27.
Central jumps back in the fire when it plays Wheeling rival Linsly.
While Taylor might not want to call it a statement, Young had one at the ready about Madonna.
“They have an outstanding running attack, they are big up front and the coaches do an excellent job,” Young said. “They are definitely a contender.”
Offensive Player of the Week
- The Madonna quarterback did it all for the Blue Dons in a the matchup of top Class A teams, running for 120 yards and four touchdowns and completing 8 of 11 passes for 143 yards and another score in Madonna’s triumph against Wheeling Central.
Defensive Player of the Week
- The Magnolia defensive lineman had 10 tackles, two for a loss and forced a fumble in the Blue Eagles’ 40-7 victory against Tyler Consolidated.
- Indian Creek’s Blake Roar ran for 195 yards and three scores as Indian Creek improved to 3-0 on the season.
- John Marshall’s Trevor Hardesty rushed for 166 yards and five touchdowns in the Monarchs’ victory against Buckeye Local.
- Monroe Central’s Levi Brown rushed for 141 yards and four touchdowns in the Seminoles victory at River.
- Martins Ferry’s Eric Flowers rushed for 105 yards on 16 carries in the Purple Riders’ victory against Linsly.
- Brooke’s Justin Loughrie carried 10 times for 112 yards and a touchdown in a loss to University.
- Wheeling Central’s Parker Henry rushed for 97 yards and a touchdown in the Maroon Knights’ loss to Madonna.
- St. Clairsville’s Jaylon Brown kept rolling for the Red Devils with 144 yards and three touchdowns in a victory against Renaissance.
- Magnolia’s Kage Rohde rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown and teammate Drew Keller added 91 yards and a touchdown in the Blue Eagles’ victory against Tyler Consolidated.
- Edison’s Ethan Shannon raced for 181 yards in a 46-14 victory against Weir.
- Cameron’s Logan Routt completed 13 of 30 passes for 234 yards and two touchdowns in the Dragons’ 24-18 loss to Notre Dame.
- Linsly’s Jameson Murray was 9 of 22 passes for 152 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-21 loss to Martins Ferry.
- Monroe Central’s Curtis Nixon completed 6 of 14 passes for 112 yards and a touchdown in the Seminoles victory against River.
- Edison’s Marcus Nolan completed 6 of 8 passes for 141 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against Weir.
- Beallsville’s Chase Mercer completed 11 of 17 passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against Paden City.
Good Hands Team
- Cameron’s Zach Hall had 176 yards receiving on seven catches and two touchdowns in the Dragons’ loss to Notre Dame.
- Paden City’s Luke Cooper had five catches for 56 yards and a touchdown in Paden City’s loss to Beallsville.
- Beallsville’s Mikey Palmer caught six passes for 61 yards in and a touchdown in a victory against Paden City.
- Edison’s Rich Springer caught two passes for 100 yards in a victory against Weir.
- Linsly’s Isaiah Harvin had three catches for 98 yards and a touchdown and had 17 tackles on defense in a 28-21 loss to Martins Ferry.
- Madonna’s Eliott Nero rushed for 147 yards and a touchdown and caught four passes for 56 yards in the Blue Dons 42-7 victory against Wheeling Central.
- Madonna’s Travis Brown had 10 tackles, one for a loss of yardage and an interception in the Blue Dons’ victory against Central.
- Bridgeport’s Pat Britton had 12 tackles, including two for a loss of yardage, in a 27-7 loss to Caldwell.
- Linsly’s Van Wooding had 14 tackles, six solos, in a loss to Martin’s Ferry.
- Bishop Donahue’s Chris Vani had 11 tackles, three for a loss, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery in the Bishops loss to Clay-Battelle.
- Indian Creek’s Blake Cole had 10 tackles – four for a loss of yardage – as Indian Creek improved to 3-0.
- Monroe Central’s Mike Jones had 11 tackles and a sack in the Seminoles victory against River.
- Cameron’s Hunter Yoders had 11 tackles, a sack and a forced fumble in the Dragons loss to Notre Dame.
- Brooke’s Shawn Ashbrook had 10 tackles, including one for a loss of yardage and a fumble recovery in a loss to University.