Wheeling Park’s Alex Dunlevy Sets Single Game Passing Record
Park QB throws for school best 370 yards in victory
WHEELING — Wheeling Park quarterback Alex Dunlevy has a desire to win and a hunger to excel on the game’s biggest stage.
The senior signalcaller has been vital to back-to-back come-from-behind wins for the 5-1 Patriots and has tossed the winning touchdown pass in both games with 48 and 33 seconds remaining in each game.
In his most recent performance, Dunlevy completed 24 of 32 passes for three touchdowns and a new school record 370 yards to lead the Patriots back from a 28-13 deficit with 8:57 left to play to upend Morgantown.
He now holds the school record for yards in a game and touchdown passes in a game (five).
“You can kind of put the ball in his hands and he’s done a great job this year and last year of making plays when they count,” Park coach Chris Daugherty said. “He enjoys that environment and the pressure.
He thrives on it.
“We threw the ball more than normal on Thursday and he found the open guys and he bought time with his feet.”
His passion to succeed even spills over into the offseason and the results on the field speak for themselves.
“One of his better qualities is that he got with his teammates in the offseason and threw with them,” Daugherty said. “We aren’t allowed to coach during the offseason so he made sure the wide receivers were there and he set it up himself to get ready for the season.
“Off the field leadership leads to having cohesiveness with wide receivers. They know if they can get open, his is going to find them.”
On the final drive of Park’s win over the Mohigans, Dunlevy found wide receiver Steven Mitchell for gains of 29 and 14 yards and a 2-yard score and did some damage with his feet.
“I have full confidence in every single player on this team,” Dunlevy said.
“We have athletes all over the field.
“It makes my job a lot easier just to get them the ball and let them make plays.”
Dunlevy also setup a score with his feet as he began to scramble to his left.
As the defensive back left his coverage area to stop the dual threat QB, it left wide receiver Nate Hairston wide open for a 61-yard touchdown to make it a 2-point game with 6:23 remaining.
“We actually had a bubble called to the other side,” Dunlevy said. “Their outside linebacker flew up on the bubble so I tried to improvise and went backside and we work on that all the time. If (the defensive back) is short (Hairston) will go deep and that’s what he did and he made a play.”
During the game-winning drive two weeks ago against an undefeated Zanesville team, Dunlevy scrambled around and fired the game-winning touchdown pass on fourth-and-long, showing nerves of steel.
“He is very calm under pressure,” Daugherty said. “He keeps the same mindset no matter what the score is. He has an appreciation for the game like every play is his last play. He is ready to go every snap and every day. Those are qualities you can’t coach.
“That’s the way they live life and play and it’s really nice to coach someone like that.”
Offensive Player of the Week
Tayveon Crawford, Steubenville
The senior Big Red tailback racked up 338 rushing yards and found the end zone six times against DC Christian.
Defensive Player of the Week
Steven Felton, Linsly
After being down 14-0 to Point Pleasant in the first half, Felton and the Linsly defense shut it down the rest of the way. Felton paced the Cadets with 18 tackles.
∫ Preston Fox, Morgantown: Senior rushed for 120 yards on 17 carries and two scores in a loss to Wheeling Park.
∫ Travon Jeffrey, Cambridge: Bobcats’ running back ran averaged 8 yards a carry (12-96) and a score in a victory over Union Local.
∫ Trevor Fante, Indian Creek: Continued his impressive for the Redskins with a 155-yard and three touchdown performance against Martins Ferry.
∫ Wyatt Reiman, Shadyside: Tigers’ running back had 172 and two scores on 21 attempts.
∫ Mark Rucker, Tyler Consolidated: Continued his impressive high school campaign as he led the Silver Knights with 228 yards on 24 carries and three scores.
∫ Ethan Mauge, Conotton Valley: Galloped for 101 yards on nine attempts and a score.
∫ Gavin Streets, Valley: Gained 228 yards and a score on 16 rushes.
∫ Sean Hays, Carson Shriver, Clay-Battelle: Cee-Bees duo accounted for 339 yards as Shriver totaled 164 and three scores while Hays rushed for 175 and two touchdowns.
∫ Hunter Patterson, Paxton Shuman, Oak Glen: Both Golden Bears rushed for 146 yards as Patterson had three TDs and Shuman scored once.
∫ Cayden Williams, Bridgeport: Bulldog running back finished with 100 yards on 21 carries and a score.
∫ Jacob Kane, Beaver Local: Rushed for 100 yards and two scores.
∫ Briar Porter, Shenandoah: Rushed for 105 yards and found the end zone once.
∫ Michael Johnson, River: Rushed for 155 yards on 11 carries.
∫ Seth Richardson, Buckeye Local: Panthers’ QB completed 13 of 26 for 232 yards and a touchdown.
∫ Randy Mitchell, Steubenville: Big Red signalcaller went 10 of 17 for 160 yards and a touchdown.
∫ Carter Blake, Union Local: Jets’ quarterback racked up 149 yards going 13 of 20 with two scores in the process.
∫ Tyler Tonkovich, St. Clairsville: Red Devils’ QB tossed a touchdown went 8 of 14 for 102 yards. The junior also rushed for a score.
∫ Davis Singleton, Meadowbrook: Colts signalcaller completed 16 of 33 for 223 yards and a touchdown.
∫ Dakota Phillips, Beallsville: Blue Devils’ QB threw for 137 yards and a score as he went 6 of 12.
∫ Santino Arlia, Madonna: Blue Dons quarterback completed 20 pass on 47 attempts going for 177 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Jacob Probst, Martins Ferry: Secured 183 yards on 14 pass completions and a score.
∫ Ian Ellis, Fort Frye: Went a perfect 9 of 9 for 180 yards and three scores.
∫ Gage Huffman, Tyler Consolidated: Compiled 182 yards and a touchdown on seven completions.
∫ Jessop Broughton, Cameron: Went 14 of 15 for 129 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Logan Norris, Hundred: Threw for 113 yards and a score completing nine passes.
∫ Caden Cisar, Magnolia: Threw for 102 yards and rushed for a score.
∫ Seth Richardson, Buckeye Local: Threw for 232 yards and a touchdown going 13 of 26 in the process.
∫ Kendal Sherman, Shenandoah: Zeps’ QB threw for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
∫ Hayden Taylor, Buckeye Local: Taylor hauled in a touchdown pass and racked up 66 yards receiving, while taking a kickoff 81 yards for a score.
∫ Shaheed Jackson, Wheeling Park: The junior contributed in almost every aspect of the game as he returned a kickoff 97 yards for a score, hauled in four catches for 51, tallied 148 all-purpose yards and led the defense with 10 tackles.
∫ Hunter Kelley Linsly: Cadet junior tossed two touchdowns going 7 of 13 for 116 yards. He also rushed for a touchdown and returned a fumble for a score.
∫ Tyler Fisher, Fort Frye: Cadets’ running back ran for 100 yards on eight carries and two scores while catching three passes for 54 yards and two scores.
∫ Ethan Cross, Paden City: Paced the Wildcats offense with 169 yards on the ground and three TDs while throwing for 128 yards and two scores.
Good Hands Team
∫ Stevie Mitchell, Carson Namek Wheeling Park: Mitchell was Dunlevy’s go-to target against the Mohigans as the junior receiver hauled in seven receptions for 128 yards and two touchdowns while Namek had five catches for 86 yards.
∫ Caleb McWhorter, Union Local: Jets’ wide receiver caught five passes for 81 yards.
∫ Brennan Secrist, Thomas Sessi, Madonna: Secrist hauled in five passes for 82 yards while Sessi caught six passes for 59 yards.
∫ Dasyn Hores, Logan Smith, Martins Ferry: Hores continued his impressive season catching six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown while Smith had six catches for 77 yards.
∫ Brady Schilling, Fort Frye: Was the Cadets’ leading receiver with five catches for 100 yards.
∫ Jayden Helmick, Tyler Consolidated: Cracked the century mark in yardage (105) and found the end zone once on two catches.
∫ Shakur Payton, Shenandoah: Zeps receiver caught six passes for 93 yards and a touchdown.
∫ Danny Nation, Corban Westfall, Jacob Zanes, Buckeye Local: Nation led the team with 12 tackles, Westfall accumulated 10 stops and Zanes forced a fumble, recovered a fumble, intercepted a pass and made four tackles for the Panthers.
∫ Owen Oliver, Bellaire: Led the way for the Big Reds defense by compiling seven tackles, forced a fumble and had a fumble recovery.
∫ Brandon Brown, Colton Thomas, Nate Shelek, Wheeling Park: Brown compiled nine tackles including one for a loss, Thomas contributed with eight tackles and Shelek gathered seven tackles with two going for a loss.
∫ Kohl Clark, Union Local: Collected nine tackles including one sack.
∫ Derek Witsberger St. Clairsville: Senior linebacker led the Red Devils defense with 12 tackles and a pass break up.
∫ Carl Nyh, Spencer Knight: Nyh had 15 tackles (11 solo) and caused a fumble while Knight had 12 tackles including one for a loss, a sack and caused a fumble.
∫ Andrew Kolenich, Cody Albaugh, Bellaire: Both paced the Big Reds defense with nine tackles including one for a loss.
∫ Bradley Moats, Wyatt Moore, Beallsville: Moats secured 16 total tackles including a sack while Moore had 15 tackles.
∫ Justin Bartlett, Cambridge: Led the Bobcat defense with 9 tackles including 1.5 for a loss.
∫ Dylan Hart, Fort Frye: Compiled 10 tackles for the Cadets.