Steubenville Runs Past USO

STEUBENVILLE — Steubenville had its ground attack clicking on all cylinders Friday on Reno Field inside Harding Stadium.

Ohio’s top-ranked Division IV club amassed 464 rushing yards and eight touchdowns in easily disposing of Pittsburgh USO 55-20.

With the win, Steubenville moves to 5-0 for the third consecutive season and has a 3-0 lead in its all-time series with USO. The Wildcats fall to 1-4.

“Every win is a good win, and some are better than others,” Big Red coach Reno Saccoccia said. “This win was a very good win. We tried to play as many kids as possible. We’re still working on developing the depth we need going into the second half of the season.”

Senior tailback Jacob Bernard, who missed the first two games of the season, paced Big Red’s powerful running attack, collecting 225 yards on 19 carries and four touchdowns. He found the end zone on runs of 1, 29, 19 and 52.

Junior Tay Montgomery added 84 and sprinted 40 yards for a TD. Senior Jonathon Blackmon contributed 78 and a touchdown. Sophomore Taveon Crawford and senior Jamal Petteway also recorded rushing touchdowns for Big Red, which travels to Dover next week.

Even with the strong showing, Saccoccia said there’s still room for improvement.

“We didn’t carry the ball with our eyes, and we had turnovers,” he said (Big Red lost its only fumble). “We have to stop that. If we don’t, we’re not going to win the big games.”

Big Red scored on its first possession (Bernard’s 1-yard plunge), marching 70 yards in 13 plays. USO, however, quickly answered when Sy Alli took a handoff from Dorian Jackson and sprinted 78 yards.

Steubenville responded with Bernard’s 29-yard sprint up the gut. The scored moved to 21-6 on Blackmon’s 24-yard run.

The Wildcats, again, showed their speed when Glenn Cleveland took the Big Red kickoff and raced 77 yards to the end zone. Before the first quarter ended, Bernard scored again from 19 yards away.

During the opening 12 minutes, Big Red had 180 rushing yards with Bernard getting 98 and Blackmon 70. Javon Davis threw for 50, giving the hosts a first quarter total of 230.

Bernard’s 52-yard score followed by Ian Phillips’ extra point put Steubenville up 35-12 early in the second period. A 26-yard run by Alli finished the first half scoring.

Steubenville did all the second half scoring thanks to runs by Montgomery, Petteway and Crawford.

Following Crawford’s touchdown, the OHSAA mercy rule kept the clock running for the final eight minutes of the game.

After collecting 175 yards of offense in the first half, USO managed just 34 in the second.

“We’re as good as we can be right now,” Saccoccia said when assessing his club’s performance through the first five weeks. “Hopefully, as a team we can improve on the little things. The better we do the little things, the further we are going to go.”

Bellaire 49

Buckeye Local 14

CONNORVILLE — Mason Ramsay threw rushed for three touchdowns and threw another one to A.J. McCarthy as Bellaire cruised past Buckeye Local.

Thor Duffy had a 71-yard interception return for a score, Cole LaRoche returned a fumble for a score and Cole Porter also added a touchdown for the Big Reds (3-2).

John Marelli and Charlie Smith scored touchdowns for the Panthers (0-5).

Barnesville 21

River View 13

BARNESVILLE — Cade Hannahs threw for 120 yards and three touchdowns as Barnesville scored 21 unanswered points to down River View.

Caden Lake caught two of the touchdown passes, while Braydn Strous grabbed the other score for the Shamrocks (2-3).

Tyler Consolidated 63, Calhoun 0

MIDDLEBOURNE — Mark Rucker rushed for 98 yards and two scores as Tyler Consolidated made easy work of Calhoun.

Also scoring touchdowns for the Silver Knights (3-2) were Griffin Phillips, Kyle Mason, Gage Huffman, Hunter Forrester, Jacob America, Colby Buchanan and Brandon Weigle.

Shadyside 41, Caldwell 7

SHADYSIDE — Sam Merryman kicked things off with a 8-yard touchdown grab from Anthony Scoggins and Shadyside went on to rout Caldwell (1-4).

Coggins finished 7 of 9 for 95 yards and also threw a 6-yard TD to Kelly Hendershot. Connor Banco had 97 yards and two scores on five carries for the Tigers (4-1), while Alex Krupa and Jacob Visnic added five carries for 57 yards and a score and 13 carries for 75 yards and a touchdown, respectively.

Fort Frye 37

Monroe Central 0

WOODSFIELD–Fort Frye’s Tyler Bradford ran for 289 yards and took an interception 50 yards for a touchdown to lead the Cadets over host Monroe Central.

Madonna 28

Pendleton County 7

WEIRTON–Donavan Kirby rushed for 254 yards and three touchdowns to keep Madonna unbeaten with a home victory over Pendleton County.

Vince Pulice hauled in a 45-yard touchdown pass from Gavin Dietrich for the Blue Dons.

Meadowbrook 48

River 14

HANNIBAL–Timmy Ferguson rushed for 266 yards and three touchdowns as Meadowbrook handed River a home loss.

Carter Dennis opened the scoring with a 21-yard fumble return for River and Lukas Isaly threw for 113 yards for River.

Toronto 40, Leetonia 7

LEETONIA–Nate Karaffa supplied 231 yards and two touchdowns through the air, along with 65 yards and a score on the ground to lead Toronto to a road win at Leetonia.

Nick Sninchak hauled in a touchdown to go with his 75 yards and Kobe Herrick added 83 yards rushing in the win.

Union Local 54, Edison 0

RICHMOND–Bradan Lucas ate up 109 yards rushing and scored the first five touchdowns of the game to lead the Union Local shutout of host Edison.

Cal Kildow added 107 yards passing for the Jets.

Bridgeport 56

Conotton Valley 14

BROOKSIDE — Tino Kusic threw five touchdown passes and ran for another as Bridgeport won its second straight against Conotton Valley.

John Simmons caught two touchdowns, while the others went to Jarrett Deaton, Kane Kasprowski and Jeremiah Booker.

Booker also scored on an 83-yard kickoff return, while Deaton reached the end zone on a 20-yard run that opened the game’s scoring.

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