Class A Playoffs Full of OVAC Teams

By DAVE MORRISON

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.

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).

Offensive Player of the Week

Ross Comis

Madonna

  • The senior returning first-team all-stater prepped for the postseason by doing it all against previously undefeated Clay-Battelle. In the Class A No. 1 Blue Dons’ 35-6 victory against the Cee-Bees, Comis passed for 254 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 176 and another score as Madonna completed its season 10-0,

Defensive Player of the Week

Chalmer Moffett

Wheeling Park

  • Moffett, a sophomore, finished the night with 13 tackles and a sack, his 10th of the season, in a 54-21 victory against John Marshall.

Ground Gainers

  • Wheeling Park’s Savion Johnson 25 times for 203 yards and a touchdown in a 54-21 victory against John Marshall. He finished the regular season with 1,101 yards in the regular-season, becoming the first sophomore in school history to rush for over 1,000 yards.
  • Magnolia’s Drew Keller carried 17 times for 154 yards and four touchdowns, almost all of it in the first half, in a 54-13 victory against Oak Glen.
  • Brooke’s Nic Ossman rushed for 137 yards on 21 carries in a 48-12 loss to Cabell Midland.
  • Shadyside’s Eric Howell had 12 carries for 126 yards and a touchdown and Chris Littrell added 116 and two scores in undefeated Shadyside’s 4014 victory against FCA in the Ohio Division VII, Region 25 playoffs.
  • Madonna’s Elliot Nero rushed for 106 yards on 18 carries and two touchdowns in a 35-6 victory against Clay-Battelle.
  • Bishop Donahue’s Matt Vucilek rushed 14 times for 100 yards and two touchdowns in a playoff-clinching victory against Tyler Consolidated.
  • Wheeling Park’s Geremy Paige rushed for 64 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-21 victory against John Marshall.

Aerial Attack

  • Bishop Donahue’s Jesse Padlow completed 20 of 20 passes for 342 yards and three touchdowns in a 47-20 victory against Tyler Consolidated,

Wheeling Park’s Zach Phillips completed 13 of 16 passes for 229 yards and three touchdowns in a 54-21 victory against John Marshall.

  • Brooke’s Aaron Walker completed 10 of 19 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns in a season-ending 48-12 loss to Cabell Midland.
  • Paden City’s Zach Heasley completed 15 of 28 passes for 169 yards and two touchdowns in the Wildcats victory against South Harrison.
  • John Marshall’s Noah Martin completed seven passes for 116 yards in a loss to Wheeling Park.

Good Hands Team

  • Brooke’s Thomas Cole had seven receptions for 157 yards and two touchdowns in a season-ending loss 48-12 loss against Cabell Midland.

Josh Angalich caught two passes for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 54-21 victory against John Marshall.

  • Paden City’s Brandon Cross caught three passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in a victory against South Harrison.

Wrecking Crew

  • Bellaire’s Brendon Ross had 9.5 tackles in a 29-0 playoff loss to Newark Catholic.
  • Luke Staub had two sacks in Martins Ferry’s 30-28 victory against Westfall in the Ohio Division V, Region 17 playoffs.
  • Brooke’s Shawn Ashbrook had 12 tackles in a 48-12 loss against Cabell Midland.
  • Magnolia’s Kage Rohde had six tackles and three sacks and teammate Cole Seckman had an interception and a fumble recovery in a 54-13 victory against Oak Glen.
  • Bishop Donahue’s Chris Vani had nine tackles, two for a loss of yardage and a sack in the Bishops victory against Tyler Consolidated,

Mr. Everything

  • Bishop Donahue’s Levonte Hampton caught nine passes for 173 yards and two scores and also rushed for two touchdowns and had a two-point conversion in the Bishops victory against Tyler Consolidated.
  • Martin’s Ferry’s Brian Styles rushed for 157 yards and 2 touchdowns and completed 8 of 14 passes for 84 yards in a 30-28 victory against Westfall in the Ohio Division V, Region 17 playoffs.
  • Shadyside’s Austin Dorris rushed for 106 yards and two touchdowns and completed 2 of 3 passes for 34 yards and a touchdown in a 40-14 victory against FCA in the Ohio Division Vii, Region 25 playoffs.