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Madonna Crushes Beallsville

Photo by Michael D. McElwain

WEIRTON – Madonna found the going easy for the second straight game and rolled over Beallsville, 61-20, Saturday night inside Jimmy Carey Stadium.

It not only was the second straight game that the Blue Don offense posted more than 60 points, but it also was Madonna’s fourth straight win, raising the 16th ranked team in Class A’s record to 5-2.

First-year Blue Don coach Dan Rovira got monster games from junior quarterback Santino Arlia, who passed for 337 yards and three touchdowns, and from senior Thomas Sessi, who chalked up 210 yards on the ground with four touchdowns. Sessi added a pick-6, covering 70 yards with the runback of the interception.

“I’m happy with the win and the fact that all the kids got to play again for the second straight week,” Rovira said. “Despite scoring 54 points at halftime, there were some things I didn’t like in the first half, and I delivered a message to them at the break. Yes, we can beat Beallsville, but I want them to do it the right way. I just want them to get better every week.

“I don’t care who the opposition is or the score, I want them to do things right. We were playing sloppy in the first half. Another thing I was concerned about was the possibility of kids getting hurt. I have only 21 kids dressed. I’m worried about kids taking shots in games like this and perhaps having to sit out some games in the future. We had one player (Trey Kush) get injured making a defensive tackle late in the game. Hopefully, he’ll be all right.”

The Blue Dons (5-2) may have not been playing to the coach’s liking, but they got away with it against a struggling Blue Devil offense and defense. Rovira cautioned that things will be a lot different Saturday when Wheeling Central invades Jimmy Carey.

Madonna opened the game putting 21 unanswered points on the board in the first quarter. The Blue Devils got their first touchdown early in the second quarter but couldn’t sustain the momentum. Madonna scored five more unanswered touchdowns before Beallsville found the end zone again and went to the locker room at halftime ahead, 54-14.

“I was pleased the way Santino was throwing the football tonight,” Rovira said. “He was stepping into his passes and making the right decisions.”

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