ST. MARYS-All season long, fans have been trying to find the right way to compare the 2013 edition of the St. Marys Blue Devils' football program to the unbeaten team that missed the playoffs in 1984.
Following Friday night's 21-6 victory over No. 15 East Hardy (7-4), that comparison was understood by all-the defense.
"We kept shooting ourselves in the foot in the second half and our defense kept bailing us out," St. Marys head coach Jodi Mote said. "We give a lot of credit to coach (Chad) Williams and his players. They did a heck of a job on us offensively. But our defense came up big when we needed it most."
Photo by Jeff Baughan
St. Marys' David Gray, center, looks downfield for blocking by teammate Garrett Furr, right, against East Hardy's Jake Sager. The Blue Devils won, 21-6.
Especially during the second 24 minutes of action as not once or twice, but three times the Blue Devils' came up with big defensive stops inside their 20-yard line to kill possible scoring opportunities by the visiting Cougars.
Offensively, the purple and gold rushed the ball 62 times for 332 yards with junior Corey Stewart running for a pair of one-yard scores as the hosts took a 21-6 lead into the locker rooms at the intermission.
From the start, it was apparent that both teams' defenses were up to the challenge of stopping the opposition's offense. The Blue Devils' D produced the first big break of the game when Noah Spitzer picked off an East Hardy pass at the SM 49 and returned it to the EH 13 with 3:41 remaining to be played in the opening frame.
Class A State Playoffs
First-round game at Williamstown
Williamstown 27, Wheeling Central 25
WC (6-5) 6 0 6 13 - 25
Williamstown (9-2) 0 6 7 14 - 27
WC: Adam Campbell 25 pass from Isaac Rine (kick failed), 0:23, 1st
Williamstown: Dakota Watson 20 pass from Jake Tracewell (kick failed), 8:08, 2nd
Williamstown: Logan Lindsey 12 pass from Tracewell (Trace Elder kick), 7:31, 3rd
WC: C.J. Burch 33 run (kick failed), 3:03, 3rd
Williamstown: Watson 28 pass from Tracewell (kick failed), 11:11, 4th
WC: Burch 4 run (pass failed), 6:24, 4th
Williamstown: Hunter Neely 7 pqass from Tracewell (David Hastings run), 3:39, 4th
WC: Joe John 15 pass from Rine (Alexander Calvert kick), 1:05, 4th
WC: First downs: 16. Rushes-yards: 42-184. Passing yards: 119. Total yards: 303. Passing: 10-14-0. Fumbles-lost: 1-0. Penalties: 7-36. Punts: 1.35.0
Williamstown: First downs: 15. Rushes-yards: 35-148. Passing yards: 122. Total yards: 270. Passing: 11-13-0. Fumbles-lost: 1-0. Penalties: 2-10. Punts: 2-25.0.
WC: Rushing: C.J. Burch 27-158, Isaac Rine 14-25, Joe John 1-1. Passing: Isaac Rine 10-14-0, 119 yards. Receiving: John Burkhalter 4-60, Joe John 1-15, C.J. Burch 2-(minus 2); Matthew Pleva 2-21, Adam Campbell 1-25.
Williamstown: Rushing: Jake Tracewell 24-78, Dakota Watson 5-51, David Hastings 5-13, Trace Hart 1-6. Passing: Jake Tracewell 11-13-0, 122 yards. Receiving: Hunter Neely 2-10, Dakota Watson 6-93, David Hastings 1-5, Brandon Root 1-2, Logan Lindsey 1-12.
Next game: Class A quarterfinals - Williamstown vs. Man-Bishop Donahue winner next week, with time, date and place to be announced Sunday.
Class AA State Playoffs
First round game at Bridgeport
Bridgeport 54, Roane County 20
Roane County 7 0 6 7 - 20
Bridgeport 7 21 14 12 - 54
RC - McGinnis 81 kick return (Caige Nichols kick)
B - Anthony Bonamico 42 run (Brennan Duarte kick)
B - Anthony Bonamico 47 run (Duarte kick)
B - Dante Bonamico 16 run (Duarte kick)
B - Caldera 17 run (Duarte kick)
B - Anthony Bonamico 52 run (Duarte kick)
B - Caldera 3 run (Duarte kick)
RC - Scott 2 run (pass failed)
RC - Cody May 1 run (Nichols kick)
B - Spurlock 30 interception return (run failed)
B - Muller 39 run (run failed)
Roane County: First downs: 9. Rushing yards: 65. Passing yards: 110. Total yards: 175. Passing: 8-14-2. Punts: 4-27. Fumbles: 2-1. Penalties: 4-20.
Bridgeports: First downs: 15. Rushing yards: 387. Passing yards: 16. Total yards: 403. Passing: 1-2-0. Punts: 1-30. Fumbles: 4-1. Penalties: 2-20.
Rushing: RC - Luke Scott 20-27; Steven McGinnis 3-25; Tyler May 4-1; Cody May 6-5; Joe Copley 1-8; Jake Nichols 1-(-3); Trey Wanstreet 2-8; Team 1-(-6); Totals 38-65. B - Anthony Bonamico 13-227; A.C. Caldera 6-48; Dante Bonamico 3-48; Cole Stein 1-5; Zack Spurlock 3-3; Luke Southern 5-16; Elijah Drummond 2-10; Haden Miller 1-3; Andrew Barker 1-3; Nick Muller 1-39; Team 3-(-15); Totals 39-387.
Passing: RC - Cody May 8 of 12 for 110 yards with 1 interception; Stetson Moore 0 of 2 with 1 interception. B - Caldera 1 of 2 for 16 yards.
Receiving: RC - Scotty Fox 3-46; Scott 3-44; Tyler King 2-20. B - Dante Bonamico 1-16.
CLASS A Playoffs
at Imlay Field
No. 2 St. Marys 21, No. 15 East Hardy 6
East Hardy (7-4) 0 6 0 0-6
St. Marys (11-0) 7 14 0 0-21
SM: Corey Stewart 1 run (Garret Furr kick), 1:55
SM: Stewart 1 run (Furr kick), 9:03
EH: Tyler Murphy 10 pass from Cole Collier (run failed), 7:24
SM: Colby Brode 15 pass from Michael Stout (Furr kick), 2:14
East Hardy: First downs: 12. Rushes/yards: 14 (-3). Passing yards: 196. Total yards: 193. Passing: 16-43-3. Fumbles/lost: 1-0. Punts/average: 5-35.0. Penalities/yards: 4-19.
St. Marys: First downs: 17. Rushs/yards: 62-332. Passing yards: 25. Total yards: 357. Passing: 2-9-1. Fumbles/lost: 3-3. Punts/average: 4-39.0. Penalties/yards: 9-70.
East Hardy: Rushing: Cole Collier 13 (-3). Passing: Cole Collier 16-41-3, 196 yards, TD. Receiving: Tyler Murphy 8-68. TD; Tyler Smith 4-102.
St. Marys: Rushing: Noah Spitzer 16-100, David Gray 19-67, Michael Stout 9-72. Passing: Michael Stout 2-9-1, 25 yards, TD. Receiving: Colby Brode 1-15, TD; Jeremy Pratt 1-10.
Next game: St. Marys will host No. 7 Greenbrier West in a quarterfinal matchup next weekend at a time and day that will be decided on Sunday.
George Washington 21, Oak Hill 14
Oak Hill 6 0 0 8 0 - 14
George Washington 7 7 0 0 7 - 21
GW - Riffe 7 run (Deer kick)
OH - Jones 5 run (kick failed)
GW - Riffe 27 run (Deer kick)
OH - Goodman 7 run (Goodman run)
GW - Giacomo 3 pass from Jackson (Deer kick)
Oak Hill: First downs: 12. Rushes-yards: 53-331. Passing yards: 5. Total yards: 336. Fumbles-lost: 4-25. Punts: 2-35.5.
George Washington: FIrst downs 16. Rushes-yards: 52-270. Passing yards: 35. Total yards: 305. Fumbles-lost: 0-0. Penalties: 4-32. Punts: 4-28.
RUSHING - Oak Hill: Green 10-176, Jones 28-112, Goodman 10-47, Scruggs 4-minus-2, Gray 1-minus-2; GW: Riffe 19-145, Blake 8-48, Jackson 12-48, Alexander 12-29, Giacomo 1-0
PASSING - Oak Hill: Scruggs 1-3-0-5; GW: Alexander 2-6-1-32, Jackson 1-1-0-3
RECEIVING - Oak Hill: Goodman 1-5; GW: Giacomo 3-35
Point Pleasant 41, Logan 14
LOGAN 0 7 7 0 - 14
POINT PLEASANT 14 7 6 14 - 41
PP - Jon Peterson 56 fumble recovery (Colin Peal kick)
PP - Chase Walton 1 run (Peal kick)
L - Clayton Marcum 45 pass from Ryan Miller (Daniel Hanks kick)
PP - Cody Mitchell 6 run (Peal kick)
PP - Mitchell 1 run (pass failed)
L - Brynden Street 2 run (Hanks kicik)
PP - Chase Walton 10 pass from Aden Yates (Peal kick)
PP - Chase Walton 19 run (Peal kick)
Logan: Rushing, Street 15-109. Passing, Miller 9-24-1, 151. Receiving, Clayton Marcum 3-57, Brynden Street 2-60, Joshua Rein 4-34.
Point Pleasant: Mitchell 26-141, Walton 21-136. Passing, Yates 7-10-0, 70. Receiving, Rec: Chase Walton 3-29, Brian Gibbs 1-23, Austen Toler 1-8, Cody Mitchell 1-6, Jon Peterson 1-4.
Sissonville 28, Mingo Central
Mingo Central 0 0 12 6 -18
Sissonville 0 6 18 7 - 28
S - Wilkinson 10 run (kick failed)
M - Lester 57 run (run failed)
S - Wilkinson 39 run (Walker run)
S - Miller 12 run (Minsker kick)
M - Lee 83 kick return (pass failed)
M - Lee 30 pass from Hammond (pass failed)
S - Walker 64 run (Wilkinson kick)
Mingo Central: First downs: 14. Rushing 35-194. Passing yards: 170. Total yards: 364. Passing: 8-18-0. Fumbles-lost: 3-2. Penalties-yards: 10-95. Punts: 3-28.7
Sissonville: First downs: 23. Rushing: 66-369. Passing yards: 39. Total yards: 408. Passing: 6-10-0. Fumbles-lost: 2-2. Penalties: 3-25. Punts: 2-26.5.
RUSHING - MC: Joplin 4-4, Lester 15-164, Hammond 9-19, Willis 6-13, Team 1-minus-6. Siss: Walker 20-135, Wilkinson 28-199, Miller 12-29, Burford 6-6.
PASSING - MC: Hammond 8-18-0-170. Siss: Miller 6-10-0-39.
RECEIVING - MC: Lee 5-133, Abbott 3-37. Siss: Brown 1-10, Walker 1-0, Moss 1-7, Landis 2-21, Wilkinson 1-1.
Missed field goals - Siss: Minsker 32 (wide left)
Six plays later, Stewart, who finished with 24 yards on eight carries, bulled his way over from the one. Garrett Furr added the first of his three PATs and the Blue Devils had the lead for good with 1:55 showing on the clock.
The defense continued to set the tone for the No. 2-ranked Class A team as the Cougars were forced to punt the ball away to open the second quarter of action.
St. Marys, which will play host to No. 7 Greenbrier West-a 54-7 winner over No. 10 Notre Dame-next weekend, needed only five plays to double its advantage with Stewart again scoring from a -yard out and Furr connecting on the PAT with 9:03 remaining in the half.
Less than two minutes later, it appeared as if the defense was going to get into the scoring when David Gray picked off a Cougars pass at the SM 14 and raced 86 yards for an apparent touchdown. However, the Blue Devils were flagged for roughing the passer on the play, giving the visitors a 1st-and-10 at the SM 10.
Two plays later, East Hardy finally got on the scoreboard when senior quarterback Cole Collier hit junior receiver Tyelr Murphy with a screen pass and the Courgar player raced into the end zone for the visitors' only score.
A try for the two-point conversion failed, leaving the score at 14-6 in favor of the hosts.
St. Marys would take the ensuing kickoff, however, and march 68 yards in 10 plays with Colby Brode hauling in a Michael Stout pass from 15 yards out for the Blue Devils' third, and final, touchdown of the game with 2:14 showing on the clock.
Those would be the final points of the game as both defenses tightened and both offenses continued to commit turnovers as the rains drenched both teams in the final half.
Leading the ground attack for the Blue Devils was Spitzer with 100 yards on 16 carries. Stout added 72 yards on nine carries and Gray chipped in 67 on 19 totes of the pigskin.
George Washington 21, Oak Hill 14
CHARLESTON - Running back Jacob Jackson threw a 3-yard option pass to Austin Giacomo on fourth down in overtime Friday night to lift No. 8 George Washington to a 21-14 victory over No. 9 Oak Hill in a Class AAA playoff opener.
Oak Hill (8-3) tied the game at 14-all on 7-yard run by K.K. Goodman with 2:44 left in the fourth quarter and Goodman also ran in a 2-point conversion.
GW (9-2) went first in OT and on fourth-and-goal from the 3, Jackson took a pitch to the right and lofted a short pass to Giacomo, who was standing all alone in the end zone.
Jarrell Gray led the Red Devils with 176 yards on 10 carries and Jalen Jones added 112 yards and one TD on 28 carries. For GW, Draven Riffe had 145 yards and two touchdowns on 19 carries before leaving the game in the fourth quarter with an ankle injury.
Point Pleasant 41, Logan 14
POINT PLEASANT, W.Va. Chase Walton rushed for three touchdowns to help Point Pleasant to a 41-14 win over Logan in the West Virginia Class AAA playoffs Friday night.
The Black Knights (11-0) racked up 444 total yards and held the Wildcats (7-4) to 230.
Cody Mitchell led Point Pleasant's rushers with 141 yards on 26 carries. Walton rolled up 136 on 21. Brynden Street paced Logan with 109 on 15 attempts and he scored on a 2-yard run.
Point Pleasant quarterback Aden Yates completed 7 of 10 passes for 70 yards, including a 10-yarder for a TD to Walton.
No. 4 Point Pleasant will take on No. 5 Wheeling Park at home in the quarterfinals next weekend. Time and date will be decided Sunday. Wheeling Park beat No. 13 South Charleston, 41-19, in Wheeling.
Bridgeport 54, Roane County 20
BRIDGEPORT - Anthony Bonamico ran for 227 yards on 13 carries with three touchdowns to lead Class AA No. 2 Bridgeport past No. 15 Roane County, 54-20, in a first-round playoff game Friday night at Wayne Jamison Field.
The Raiders (7-4) took an early lead as Steven McGinnis returned the opening kickoff 82 yards for a touchdown. Three plays later, Bonamico was in the end zone with a 42-yard touchdown run and the Indians (10-1) took over from there.
Roane County was held to negative 6 yards rushing in the first half, while the Indians scored on four of their next five possessions to take a commanding lead.
Bonamico added TD runs of 47 and 48 to bring his season total to 27.