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Friday, September 30

Wheeling Park Patriots (2-2) at John Marshall Monarchs (0-5)
Wheeling Park won its second consecutive game after a pair of one-point losses by withstanding a furious last minute rally by Brooke to come away with a 26-20 decision. Park scored with 15 seconds left in the first half to take a 26-14 lead, but the Patriots failed to score in the second half. Brooke rallied and was at the Park three yard line when time expired. Lee Mendenhall ran for 143 yards and sophomore Bryce Ingram scored three times. Quarterback Lee Peluchette is now 42-of-73 for 594 yards and 5 touchdowns. He has been intercepted three times.
John Marshall dropped to 0-5 after suffering a 62-0 facelift at Zanesville, Ohio. The Monarchs were held to four first downs and had no answer for the Blue Devil offense which racked up 350 yards by halftime. Monarch quarterback Aaron Fonner was 6-of-11 for 23 yards and is now 32-of-80 for 456 yards with three touchdowns and five interceptions. Park leads the series 22-15.

Dayton Dunbar, Ohio, Wolverines (3-2) at Brooke Bruins (1-4)
Brooke saw its playoff hopes dimmed with the loss to Wheeling Park. The Bruins must win out to have any chance of making the post-season field. Bruin QB Alex Buchmelter had a spectacular evening as the junior signal-caller was 14-of-23 for 334 yards and three touchdowns including 58 and 64 yard scoring strikes to Mason Bates. Tim Faulkner ran for 125 yards. Brooke trailed Park 26-14 with 2:57 left in the game, but the combination of Buchmelter to Bates was good for a 58 yard score to pull Brooke within six. Park failed to register a first down and punted to the Bruin 18 with 30 seconds left. With no timeouts, Brooke drove to the Patriot 27 with a pass connection and a roughing the passer penalty. With just four seconds remaining, the Bruins connected on a pass inside the Park five, but the receiver was tackled at the three.
Dayton Dunbar lost to powerful Canfield, Ohio, 21-7. Versatile Latrelle Turner has scored eight touchdowns and has returned three punts for scores. Turner has 14 receptions for 238y. QB Kris Hall is 40-of-81 for 800 yards and six scores. Dunbar also lost to Ohio power Trotwood Madison and defeated Valley View for the first time in school history.

Monroe Central, Ohio, Seminoles (4-1) at Magnolia Blue Eagles (2-2)
Magnolia was open last week and now must deal with Monroe Central of Woodsfield, Ohio. The Blue Eagles are paced by quarterback Tanner Hannah who is 55-of-85 for 625 yards and four scores. Running back Jayson Keller has rushed for 400 yards and 6 touchdowns.
Monroe Central has lost only to undefeated Columbiana, Ohio. Last week, the Seminoles shutout Fort Frye 32-0. Quarterback Tyler Kinchen and running back Kole Hogue pace the Seminole attack. The Monroe Central defense held the Cadets to three first downs.

Weir Red Riders (0-4) at Oak Glen Golden Bears (4-1)
While Weir was on its bye week, Oak Glen traveled to Rogers, Ohio, and defeated Beaver Local for the first time since 2001 by a score of 14 to 8 in a dense fog. Bears quarterback Lucas McDowell rushed for 175 yards and a score. McDowell now has 560 yards rushing for the year. Oak Glen used McDowell and Justin Stivason as quarterbacks. Stivason was 8-of-13 for 62 yards and a game-clinching scoring pass to Jeff Hissam. Weir is allowing 44 points per game and has scored just five touchdowns.

Pittsburgh Oliver Bears (0-4) at Wheeling Central Maroon Knights (5-0)
Wheeling Central opened up a 31-0 halftime lead, and coasted to a 31-14 win over Steubenville Catholic, Ohio, RB Gino Bianconi ran for 98 yards and two touchdowns while running mate Andrew Keane also scored twice. Quarterback Parker Henry was just 1-of-4 for 12 yards as the Knights rushed for 330 stripes.
Oliver has lost all four of its contests by a combined score of 117-26. The Bears did improve last weekend as they dropped a 14-12 decision to Perry. Running backs LeAndre Harrison and Joquet Foster each scored for the Bears, but a game-tying two-point conversion failed. The Bears have a pair of giant tackles in Justin Mitchell (6-8, 325) and Ken Mathews (6-4, 270). They also have three other linemen over 300 pounds. Last year, Wheeling Central defeated Oliver 41-18, but the Bears rebounded and advanced to the PIAA playoffs.

Madonna Blue Dons (3-1) at Bridgeport, Ohio, Bulldogs (2-3)
Madonna held Cameron to 11 yards rushing and just seven first downs as the Blue Dons routed Cameron 34-7. Sophomore quarterback Ross Comis was 14-of-20 for 150 yards and two touchdown tosses. Comis also rushed for 140 yards and two scores. Nick Ossman rushed for 175 stripes and a pair of touchdowns.
Bridgeport rushed for 350 yards in a 42-13 rout of Buckeye Trail, Ohio. Versatile quarterback Cole Smelley ran for 100 yards and completed 5-of-10 passes fro 100 yards and a touchdown.

Paden City Wildcats (2-2) at Cameron Dragons (2-3)
Paden City crushed Hundred 60-0 to even its record at 2-2. Taylor Still ran for 204 yards and three touchdowns, the second straight week the senior has eclipsed the 200 yard mark. He now has 779 yards and 11 touchdowns. Cameron could not slow down Madonna at all as the Blue Dons ran for 325 yards and threw for 174. Ryan Hughes tallied the only Dragon score.

Saturday, October 1

Hundred Hornets (0-5) at Bishop Donahue Bishops (4-1)
Bishop Donahue earned a hard-fought 20-10 victory over Notre Dame. Ollie Parker ran for 178 yards and a touchdown while Jordan Bonar added 95 rushing yards. The Bishops failed to complete a pass in nine attempts. Both running backs have rushed for over 430 yards each this season. Hundred has been outscored 256-18.

Linsly Cadets (4-0) at Columbus Ready, Ohio, Silver Knights (3-2)
A great matchup in Columbus between two undefeated teams. Ready escaped with a 23-22 win over Coal Grove, Ohio, last week. Linsly QB Alex Stephens has thrown 14 touchdown passes in the four games.

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