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FOOTBALL LOOKAHEAD: Comis and Company Have Madonna Rolling

September 26, 2012
By JOSH STROPE , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

Weirton Madonna has a tough road ahead with games against state-ranked Bishop Donahue and Notre Dame, as well as a Steubenville Catholic team that puts up points at will.

With that three-game stretch on the horizon, Madonna coach Doug Taylor might want to make sure his team doesn't get too ahead of itself as Bridgeport invades Jimmy Carey Stadium on Saturday.

The Blue Dons have been nothing short of spectacular in the past two weeks with lopsided victories against Fort Frye and Cameron.

Needless to say, Bridgeport coach Rudy Vavrock knows his team has a tough task in front of it.

''They are very athletic and can score a lot of points,'' Vavrock said. ''They have an explosive offense and a very quick defense.

''Right now, they are playing a lot better football than us. The biggest problem is that they have so many weapons, you can't concentrate on one thing. They can hurt you in a lot of ways.''

Ross Comis leads the Blue Dons charge at quarterback. The junior is the pure definition of a dual threat as he has averages more than 120 yards per game running and throwing the football.

Against Cameron, he threw for 114 yards and three touchdowns, while rushing for 135 yards and a highlight reel touchdown run.

Joining him in the backfield is a dangerous duo in Nick Ossman and Eliott Nero.

''We are going to have to be able to move the ball and try to keep them off the field,'' Vavrock said. ''I also think we can't let them have that quick touchdown. If they start going 60 yards in one play all the time, we are going to be in trouble.''

It hasn't been smooth sailing this season for Vavrock and the Bulldogs. They have stumbled out of the gate to a 1-4 record and have been outscored 72-13 in the past two games, losses to Frontier and Buckeye Trail.

''We just haven't played very well,'' Vavrock said. ''We haven't played well enough to win and we have to get better.''

Cameron had success running the ball against Madonna last week so Bridgeport could rely heavily on tailback Dallas Fields.

The 5-foot-8, 175-pound senior leads Bridgeport with 94 carries for 483 yards (96.6 per game) and four touchdowns.

 
 

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