WEIRTON — The season came to an end for the Tug Valley High School football team which lost 58-12 to Weirton Madonna on Saturday in a first-round Class A playoff game at Weirton’s Jimmy Carey Stadium.
The Blue Dons, which beat Man in the 2009 Class A state championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium, capitalized on several Tug Valley turnovers and cruised to victory.
It was the ninth straight win for Madonna and earned the Blue Dons a second-round home playoff game next weekend against No. 5 St. Marys, which won 40-14 over Wirt County.
Madonna was led the junior quarterback Ross Comis, who threw three touchdown passes against Tug Valley. He also rushed for 82 yards and added a rushing touchdown. Comis was 7-for-12 passing for 184 yards. He has 1,100 passing yards and 1,350 yards on the ground for the season.
Tug Valley, which moved down to Class A status this fall, closed out the season with an 8-3 record. The Panthers were the 13th seed.
Tug Valley had 289 total yards on the afternoon. Senior Aaron Muncy rushed 22 times for 122 yards. Senior quarterback Mikey Newsome was 9-for-18 passing for 110 yards and two touchdowns. He was picked off three times, however. Tug freshman QB Tyler Conley completed three passes — one for a score.
“I thought we shot ourselves in the foot early,” Tug Valley coach Tony Clusky told the Wheeling Intelligencer after the game. “That’s one thing you can’t do. You can’t let them get the momentum rolling down hill, but I thought we played well. We did what we wanted to do, but then a Madonna big play on our own turnovers and mistakes hurt us.”
Madonna now stands at 10-1 on the season heading into this week’s quarterfinals.
River View 6
BRIDGEPORT — Brett Hathaway ran for 175 yards and a pair of touchdowns as Class AA No. 3 Bridgeport Indians showed no signs of rust in their first game in 15 days and beat River View 54-6 in the opening round of the playoffs on Saturday.
Bridgeport finished with 378 yards on the ground. Quarterback Troy Anderson ran for a touchdown and threw for 82 yards, including a 24-yard touchdown pass to Cullin Cutright. Anthony Bonamcio intercepted two passes, returning one 40 yards for a touchdown. For Bonamico, who started at safety, it marked his first appearance since breaking two bones in his foot on the first series of Bridgeport’s season-opener.
River View’s Sammy Brewster scored on a 12-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter. Jordan Brewster led the Raiders with 61 rushing yards and Brewster added 57.
Wyoming East 16
MADISON — Robert Bias ran for 130 yards and one touchdown and Cameron Loftus added two more scores as No. 7 Scott earned a victory over No. 10 Wyoming East in the first round of the Class AA playoffs last Friday night in Madison.
Loftus added 61 yards on six carries for the Skyhawks (8-3), who forced five turnovers against the Warriors (7-4).
Scott’s Cody Brown completed 5-of-11 passes for 85 yards and one TD, a 29-yard hookup with Michael Belcher (five catches, 57 yards). Tyler Jude also threw a 37-yard scoring pass to Dylan Dehart.
For East, Jacob Dulcie ran seven times for 74 yards.
East Hardy 60,
Wheeling Central 34
BAKER— The two-time defending Class A state champion Maroon Knights were lanced off their playoff horse by East Hardy, 60-34, on Saturday night.
The Cougars were led by Shawn Skovron with 18-of-27 for 362 aerial attack yardage including five touchdowns plus two rushing touchdowns and three two-point conversions.
East Hardy wide receiver Josh Parker set a preliminary playoff round record and new school record with 232 receiving yards on eight catches. Parker also tied a playoff record with three touchdowns.
Wheeling Central took a 20-14 lead with two minutes left in the first half, but the Cougars had a huge momentum changing pounce with an 82-yard kickoff return by Levi Beck.
East Hardy carried a 22-20 edge at halftime.
After an interception by East Hardy, Parker added an 88-yard touchdown reception at 6:22 in the third quarter.
The Maroon Knights’ Chris Burch knotted the game at 28-all with a 1-yard punch and two-point conversion.
East Hardy responded with a 49-yard touchdown catch by Parker for a 34-28 lead entering the final stanza.
East Hardy scored 26 points in the fourth quarter including two scores by Skovron.
Parker had a pick six for 32 yards and a 48-28 advantage.
Beck caught a 23-yard touchdown throw from Skovron for a 60-28 lead.
East Hardy’s defense shutdown all the Maroon Knights except for Chris Burch who had 238 rushing yards and threw for 114.
East Hardy advances to play at Magnolia.
Point Pleasant 28
MORGANTOWN — Shane Commodore ran for 153 yards and three touchdowns as No. 5 Morgantown (9-2) defeated No. 12 Point Pleasant, 49-28, at Pony Lewis Field on Saturday afternoon in Morgantown.
Commodore and Alex Weidman, who added 123 yards and two touchdowns, effectively filled the void left by injured star running back Chazzy Thomas.
MHS quarterback Mark Johnson completed 7-of-8 passes for 106 yards and a touchdown. Jarret Hockenberry threw a 36-yard touchdown pass to Stone Wolfley, who had 50 receiving yards. Blaine Stewart caught three passes for 41 yards.
Quarterback Aden Yates led Point Pleasant (8-3), completing 19-of-31 passes for 177 yards and three touchdowns. Chase Walton caught seven passes for 70 yards and a touchdown, and Brycen Reymond caught four for 50 yards and two touchdowns.
Marquez Griffin rushed for 56 yards and a touchdown on nine carries for the Black Knights.
Greenbrier West 48,
Meadow Bridge 6
FAIRLEA - Greenbrier West’s Tyler Parker ran for three touchdowns and intercepted two passes, and the Class A No. 6 Cavaliers eliminated No. 11 Meadow Bridge 48-6 in a first-round playoff game Saturday at Greenbrier East’s Spartan Stadium.
Meadow Bridge running back Jake Parker ran 38 times for 194 yards — nearly 30 yards below his season average.
He narrowly missed his fifth 200-yard game of the season. The big stat of the game was the Wildcats’ seven turnovers. Parker, uncharacteristically, fumbled four times.
Malik Boatwright ran for 99 yards and two touchdowns for the Cavs.
Tyler Parker finished with 94 yards as the Cavs rolled up 305 on the ground.
Boatwright also connected with Josh Martin on a 50-yard touchdown pass in the first quarter.
West will take on No. 3 Wahama (11-0) in the second round at Point Pleasant High School this coming Saturday.
Robert C. Byrd 27,
Braxton County 21
RCB outscored Braxton 17-0 in the second half to rally for a win.
Fourth-seeded RCB got 140 rushing yards and three touchdowns from Tre Cox to lead the charge offensively.
No. 13 seed Braxton rushed for 258 yards, with Jacob Yanero’s 149 leading the way, but only 79 of the team’s rushing total came after it built a 21-10 halftime lead.
Tucker County 27,
Derek Nestor threw for 174 yards and a touchdown and added 54 yards on the ground as top-rated Tucker County defeated No. 16 Moorefield, 27-14, Saturday in the first-ever home playoff game for the Mountain Lions at R.H. Armstrong Stadium.
Austin Zirk and Zach Armstrong combined for 146 rushing yards and each scored a touchdown.
Dasean Brown led Moorefield with 134 rushing yards and a touchdown.
Valley Fayette 28
On a perfect night for high school football at Mylan Pharmaceuticals Stadium, the Class A No. 8-rated Clay-Battelle Cee-Bees — having seen their perfect regular season record broken last week — hoped to begin a perfect postseason as they hosted No. 9 Valley (Fayette) on Saturday.
And while the C-B defense was less than perfect in giving up big plays, the offense was solid enough for the Cee-Bees to hold on for a 33-28 victory.
It was just the second playoff game victory in the school’s history.
Clay-Battelle broke the ice on its first possession with a 14-play, 77-yard drive that featured a fake punt and a Wildcat formation 6-yard TD run by Shayne Hinkle.
The Cee-Bees extended their lead to 13-0, after forcing a turnover on downs. Hinkle swept left end for 46 yards, then quarterback Tristan Haught found tight end Logan Opyoke alone in the end zone from 19 yards out.
Clay-Battelle’s line play and the tough running of Hinkle (201 yards and three TDs on 30 carries) were just too much for Valley’s Breckenridge to overcome.
Clay-Battelle (10-1) must play at the state’s top-rated Class A team, Tucker County, in the next round, either Friday or Saturday. Tucker County defeated Moorefield, 27-14, Saturday.