Northern Panhandle Report

Friday, October 15

Brooke Bruins (5-1) at Morgantown Mohigans (6-1)

Brooke is making its second straight trip to Morgantown. The first trip was a success as the Bruins rallied from a 21-7 deficit to score 21 unanswered points in knocking University from the unbeaten ranks 28-21. Sophomore quarterback Alec Buchmelter was only 5 of 12 for 54 yards, but the Bruin ground attack rolled up 300 yards. Ian Morris ran for 160 yards and 3 scores while running mate Ryan Lazear added 70 yards and the clinching touchdown. Lazear now has 605 yards and 10 scores while Morris has collected 570 yards and 7 trips to the end zone. Buchmelter has completed 39 of 88 passes for 520 yards, 7 touchdowns, 4 interceptions and has rushed for 260 stripes. A Morgantown win clinches a playoff spot for the Mohigans. Both teams trounced Wheeling Park and both lost to Steubenville, Ohio. Brooke lost 34-21 while Morgantown fell 35-7.

University Hawks (6-1) at John Marshall Monarchs (1-5)

John Marshall dropped a 26-20 decision to Woodrow Wilson as the Monarchs could not stop the Flying Eagle running game, which ground out 315 yards. Junior QB Aaron Fonner was 10 of 25 for 150 yards and two touchdown passes. For the year, Fonner is 74 of 142 for 1000 yards with 7 touchdowns and 8 interceptions. He has rushed for 312 yards and four scores. University dropped a 28-21 decision to Brooke.

Robert Byrd Eagles (5-2) at Magnolia Blue Eagles (6-0)

The Magnolia Blue Eagles held Weir to 80 yards of offense in blanking the Red Riders 21-0. QB Justin Fox was 14 of 26 for 170 yards and a touchdown pass. The Kennedy Award candidate is 70 of 113 for 1240 yards with 17 touchdown passes and just three interceptions. Sophomore WR Stephen Rogalski caught 12 of those passes for 165 yards and his eleventh touchdown reception of the year. Magnolia has routed its foes by a combined score of 262-35. Robert C. Byrd downed East Fairmont 27-14 to improve to 5 and 2 on the season. In this battle of the birds, Magnolia could possibly clinch a playoff spot with a win while a loss would force Byrd to at least split its final two games against Parkersburg South and Lewis County.

Oak Glen Golden Bears (5-2) at East Liverpool, Ohio, Potters (6-1)

Oak Glen put 30 points on the scoreboard in the second half to defeat stubborn Tyler 44-20. The Bears rushed for 370 yards behind the two-headed monster of Chance Rowland and Shane Koper. Rowland ran for 204 yards and five touchdowns while Koper added 150 stripes. Rowland now has 1015 yards and 20 touchdowns while Koper chips in with 710 yards and 8 scores. Silver Knight QB Jordan Smith threw for 250 stripes and 2 touchdown passes, including an 87 yard bomb to Alex Doak. Oak Glen has a monster task at hand Friday as the Bears venture across the Ohio River to face the Ohio-ranked East Liverpool Potters. The Potters feature a large offensive line and lots of speed in the backfield. QB Marky Thompkins is one of the Ohio Valley’s best athletes. The Potters handed Martins Ferry and Zanesville their only losses this year, while losing only to Carrollton, Ohio. Oak Glen still has to face Magnolia in their final game..

Pittsburgh Perry Commodores (5-1) at Wheeling Central Maroon Knights (4-2)

The Maroon Knights overpowered Pittsburgh Oliver 41-18 behind three touchdown passes from QB Lee Peluchette and Marcus Clifford rushed for 145 stripes and a pair of touchdowns and caught 4 balls for 120 yards and two more scores. This is the first of four consecutive games against reputable teams. After AAA Pittsburgh Perry this week, games remain against Martins Ferry, Ohio (6-1), Shadyside, Ohio (7-0), and city rival Linsly (5-1) . Perry has lost only to North Hills (6-0) in week 1, and since has outscored its victims 189-12. Perry defeated last week’s Central opponent 35-0 earlier this year. Last week the physical Commodores shutout Allderdice 40-0 behind another sterling effort from QB Greg McGhee who threw for 200 yards.

Saturday, October 16

Lincoln County Panthers (2-4) at Wheeling Park Patriots (1-6)

The Patriots were given a 35-7 facelift by once-beaten Zanesville, Ohio. Park committed four turnovers to ruin any chance of an upset. The Patriots only score was a 30 yard halfback pass from Zack Morris to Vondel Bell, who was shifted to the backfield this week. The Patriot passing attack remained abysmal with a 73 yard performance from three quarterbacks. Park has defeated only John Marshall while Lincoln County has wins over Ripley and Nitro. Both team’s victims have won a combined three games. This is the final home game of the season for Wheeling Park.

Notre Dame Irish (2-4) at Bishop Donahue Bishops (6-0)

Bishop Donahue returns to action after its bye week and will entertain Notre Dame, a 32-20 loser to Madonna. The Bishops have outscored six opponents by a combined score of 338-27. Bishop WR Ryan Jones has caught 14 touchdowns passes on just 29 receptions. RB Bobby Richmond has also tallied 14 scores while rushing for 500 yards. For the season, Angalich is 50 of 69 for 1205 yards with 19 touchdown passes and just the one interception. In reality, the Bishops have only Madonna in week nine blocking their path to a perfect regular season.

Purchase Line, Pa, Red Dragons (0-6) at Madonna Blue Dons (5-1)

Madonna defeated Notre Dame 32-20 as Connor Arlia rushed for 210 yards and 4 touchdowns. The Blue Dons trailed 14-12 in the second quarter and withstood a passing barrage from the Irish to notch their fifth win. Madonna intercepted six passes and recovered a fumble. Arlia leads the ground attack with nearly 835 yards and 16 touchdowns while QB Chris Perna is 17 of 33 for 300 yards and two scores.

Buckeye Trail, Ohio, Warriors (1-6) at Linsly Cadets (5-1)

Linsly blasted Western Reserve Academy of Hudson, Ohio, 55 to 7. Phil Acrie scored four times and Matt Dodd scored three different ways as the Cadets completed dominated the game. For the year RB Phil Acrie has rushed for rushing with 680 yards and ten scores, while QB Kyle Pytlak is 61 of 89 for 1064 yards and 12 touchdowns.

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