Wheeling Park Rolls Allderdice
Bradley goes for 163 yards and touchdown
WHEELING — Entering the season Wheeling Park was a team with plenty of question marks at the skill positions after losing a boat load of talent to graduation.
Two weeks into the campaign, Coach Chris Daugherty’s Patriots may not have answered all those questions, but heading into their bye week they are certainly going in the right direction.
Junior Rapheal Bradley led a ferocious rushing attack with 163 yards and a touchdown on 12 carries, while quarterback Alex Dunlevy scored a pair on the ground also as Wheeling Park grabbed an early lead and never looked back in a convincing 34-7 victory over Allderdice at Wheeling Island Stadium.
Sitting at 2-0 on the young campaign, the Patriots will enjoy their bye week next week and get ready for a big three-game road swing to University, Cambridge and Parkersburg.
“It’s nice to get Win No. 2 heading into the bye, and I know we are now heading into three road games, but football is football and the fields are all the same size,” Daugherty said with a smile. “We will be ready to get back at it with University in two weeks.
“They are a team that we have gone back-and-forth with over the years and have a great coaching staff. It is always a tough week for us.”
The Patriots made sure early this week was not going to be anything out of the ordinary, scoring two first-quarter touchdowns to take command.
Wheeling Park’s initial two scores came in very different ways with the Patriots taking the opening kickoff and driving 57 yards on 13 plays with Kenya Robinson taking it in from 3 yards out at 6:34 to make it 6-0. The kick failed.
While the Park converted a pair of third downs on the march, the big play was a 13-yard connection from Alex Dunlevy to Jack Stakem on a fourth-and-8 call.
The hosts needed only one play to make it a two-score game when Bradley took a handoff straight ahead, busted to the outside, picked up an outstanding block at the 30 and raced to the end zone to complete a 52-yard run with 4:49 showing. Andrew Glass’ PAT made it 13-0.
A pair of big plays capped a five-play drive early in the second with Bradley busting off a 25-yard run, before fumbling and recovering his own miscue. Three plays later Dunlevy found senior Devaughn McWhorter streaking down the left side, and after breaking a tackle finishing off a 46-yard touchdown strike to push the margin to 20-0.
Bradley had a pair of big runs on Wheeling Park’s first possession of the second half, the first going for 22 yards on the first play of a seven-play drive and the second going for 20 that put the ball at the one. Dunlevy called his own number on the next play for the score 6:20 of the third.
The Dragons, who had moved the ball in the first half thanks in large part to senior quarterback Dalen Dugger, finally dented the scoreboard at 3:35 of the third. Allderdice needed five plays to move 61 yards with Dugger finding Rashawn Harvey deep down the home sidelines for a 37-yard bomb. Henry Bump booted the PAT for a 27-7 score.
Wheeling Park’s final touchdown was another long drive, this time featuring Keyna Robinson and Dunlevy. The march consumed 12 plays and went 75 yards with Robinson carrying the ball nine times for 62 yards and Dunlevy finishing, after a penalty, with a 15-yard keeper with the kick making it a 34-7 count.
“I though we came out very strong, but kind of fell asleep midway through the second quarter,” Daugherty said. “But we are a team that is still growing, and while we made some mistakes, we played pretty well and nine out of 10 times in high school football if you don’t shoot yourself in the foot you are going to do well.
“At the same time, Coach (Jerry) Haslett does a good job for them and they made some good adjustments in the second quarter and then again at the half that made us adjust to some things on the fly.
“We also have to do a better job with penalties (9-80). It’s not good for anyone to be in second-and-18 or first-and-15 situations. Your offense just gets too predictable when that happens.”
Robinson backed Bradley with 71 yards a score on the ground while Dunlevy ran for 41 and threw for 98 yards and a touchdown. Dugger led the Dragons with 107 yards on the ground and 61 yards and a score through the air.
Wheeling Park 34, Allderdice 7
Allderdice 0 0 7 0 — 7
Wheeling Park 13 7 7 7 — 34
W — Robinson 3 run (kick failed), 6:34
W — Bradley 52 run (Glass kick), 4:49
W — McWhorter 46 pass from Dunlevy (Glass kick), 7:44
W — Dunlevy 1 run (Glass kick), 6:20
A — Harvey 37 pass from Dugger (Bump kick), 3:35
W — Dunlevy 15 run (Glass kick), 10:16
Rushing: Allderdice 36-166-0 (Caldwell 10-23; Darwin 4-5; Dugger 10-107; Pack-Adams 6-29; Gatewood 4-6; Tooks 1-7; Team 1-(-11). Wheeling Park 46-296-4 (Bradley 12-163-td; Robinson 16-71-td; Dunlevy 9-41-2; McWhorter 1-5; Mitchell 7-9; Heller 1-(-3)).
Passing: Allderdice: 5-15-77-1-0 (Dugger 4-12-61-1-0; Pack-Adams 1-3-16-0-0). Wheeling Park: 7-11-105-1-0 (6-8-98-1-0 Dunlevy; Heller 1-3-7-0-0).
Receiving: Allderdice 5-77-1 (Harvey 3-54-1; Williams 1-10; Darwin 1-13). Wheeling Park 7-105-1 (Stakem 4-35; McWhorter 3-70-td).
First Downs: Allderdice 11; Wheeling Park 20.
Fumbles: Allderdice 1-0; Wheeling Park 4-0
Penalties: Allderdice 4-35; Wheeling Park 9-80.