Weekend Wrap: Vani Puts on a Defensive Clinic for Bishops

MOUNDSVILLE -Bishop Donahue’s Chris Vani almost single-handily crammed a season’s worth of statistics into a single game in the Bishops’ 48-6 victory against Paden City on Friday night.

The 5-foot-10, 245-pound defensive lineman had five-and-a-half sacks and six tackles for a loss in the victory at Monarch Stadium.

That’s a pretty decent season for most defensive linemen.

“He’s been like that all season for us,” coach John Durdines said.

“He has a relentless motor and he’s been like that for us since he was a freshman. He was the only freshman that played on our 2010 (undefeated regular season) team. He’s led us in tackles in five of our six games and that is really hard for a defensive lineman to do.”

It was easy to overlook Vani’s contribution, with the offense led by quarterback Jesse Padlow (243 passing yards and five TDs) and Levonte Hampton (five touchdowns, one coming on an interception) seeming to catch fire against the Wildcats.

Not that Vani wasn’t a contributor there as well.

“He’s our center, he makes all the line calls,” Durdines said. “That is maybe the most incredible part of what he does. We are in shotgun almost every snap and all his snaps are perfect.

“You see a point in the game when it looks like he is tired, then all of a sudden he catches an adrenaline rush and it’s like he just came out of the lockerroom. It really is amazing.”

Defensively, Vani has 13 sacks on the season.

Durdines didn’t take credit for his senior’s stellar play.

“As a coach, there are some things you can’t coach,” he said. “We try to put them in the right position to make plays. But at the end of the day, you have to want to do it, and with Chris, he has a huge motor. He has a huge desire. He has a great fundamental understanding of what he is supposed to do.

“There are a lot of times when opposing coaches have made mention of No. 60. He certainly does things beyond a coach’s ability. Sometimes he makes a coach look good.

“I’ll tell you this, I’m glad I don’t have to try to block him.”

Offensive Player of the Week

Curtis Nixon

Monroe Central

  • The versatile quarterback rushed for 151 yards and three touchdowns and passed for 108 and a touchdown in 44-0 victory against Barnesville. He also had an interception.

Defensive Player of the Week

Chris Vani

Bishop Donahue

  • Vani’s defensive effort matched teammate Hampton’s offensive output as he collected 5 1/2 sacks and six tackles for a loss of yardage against Paden City.

Ground Gainers

  • Cameron’s Clayton Ward rushed for 196 yards and a pair of touchdowns on 12 carries in a loss at Clay-Battelle.
  • Indian Creek’s Blake Roar rushed for 175 yards and a touchdown on 25 carries in a 28-21 loss to Martins Ferry.
  • St. Clairsville’s Jaylon Brown rushed for 162 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-12 victory against Edison.
  • Martins Ferry’s Arjay Burress rushed for 135 yards and a touchdown in a 28-21victory against Indian Creek.
  • Toronto’s Chez Glenn rushed for 124 yards and three scores in a 32-6 victory against Conotton Valley.
  • Magnolia’s Drew Keller had 28 carries for 118 yards and a touchdown in an 11-9 loss against No. 1 St. Mary’s.
  • Valley’s Trey Streets carried 26 times for 120 yards and a touchdown in a 27-12 loss against Frontier.
  • Wheeling Park’s Savion Johnson had 102 yards on six carries and three touchdowns in a 41-13 victory against Elkins.

Aerial Attack

  • Bishop Donahue’s Jesse Padlow completed 12 of 22 passes for 243 yards and five touchdowns against Paden City.
  • Bridgeport’s Bailey McGrath completed 11 of 23 passes for 183 yards and a touchdown in a 35-21 loss to Beallsville.
  • Brooke’s Aaron Walker completed 10 of 12 passes or 147 yards and two touchdowns.
  • Martins Ferry’s James Edwards completed 8 of 16 passes for 166 yards and a touchdown against Indian Creek.
  • Paden City’s Zach Heasley completed 14 of 31 passes for 135 yards and a touchdown in a loss to Bishop Donahue.
  • Linsly’s Jameson Murray completed 11 of 17 passes for 120 yards in the Cadets victory against Kiski.

Good Hands Team

  • Bishop Donahue’s Chaice Truex caught five passes for 154 yards and a touchdown against Paden City.
  • Martins Ferry’s Jack Fitch caught 2 passes for 105 yards and a touchdown against Indian Creek.
  • Brooke’s Health Hildreth caught four passes for 93 yards and a touchdown in a 41-28 victory against Parkersburg South.

Wrecking Crew

  • Martins Ferry’s Bruce Burger had 11 tackles against Indian Creek.
  • Zach Connor had 16 tackles, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble in a loss against Martins Ferry.
  • Monroe Central’s Mike Jones had 10 tackles, including four for a loss of yardage against Barnesville.
  • Linsly freshman Gage Giovengo had nine tackles, two sacks and got credit for a safety against Kiski. Teammate Dominic Ellis, in his second game back since Week 3, had 11 tackles.
  • Hunter Yoders had 13 tackles and a sack in the Dragons’ loss against Clay Battelle.
  • Toronto’s Drew Lowery had 12 tackles against Conotton Valley.
  • Weir’s John Frankovitch had nine tackles in a loss to Steubenville Catholic.
  • Brooke’s Todd Clark had 11 tackles, a sack and a tackle for a loss against Parkersburg South.
  • Buckeye Local’s Logan Dehnart had 10 tackles, five for a loss and recovered two fumbles in a 20-10 victory against Western Reserve.
  • Buckeye Trail’s Tristin King had 11 tackles in a 53-28 victory against West Muskingum.

Mr. Everything

  • Buckeye Trail’s Morgan Dougherty rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns and completed 5 of 7 passes for 151 yards and a touchdown against West Muskingum.
  • Shadyside’s Austin Dorris rushed 10 times for a 127 yards and three touchdowns and threw for 80 and a touchdown in a 46-7 victory against Union Local. Teammate Chris Littrell rushed for 93 yards and a touchdown and caught three passes for 44 yards and another touchdown.
  • Brooke’s Nick Ossman rushed for 130 yards and completed his only pass for a 40-yard touchdown against Parkersburg South.
  • Buckeye Local’s Chase Hopkins had 58 yards rushing and two touchdowns, 122 yards passing and a two-point conversion against Western Reserve.