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Dons moving up in poll

October 8, 2012
By ED LOOMAN - Sports correspondent , The Herald-Star

There was a whole lot of moving going on in the computer rankings after week 7 of the high school football season.

Indian Creek, thanks to its 27-14 victory at Martins Ferry (Andrew Connor's first inside Purple Rider Stadium), jumped from 10th to fifth in Region 11 of Ohio's Division III.

The 6-1 Redskins have 11.5500 points according to computer guru Joe Eitel. Fourth place Zanesville Maysville has 11.7571.

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ON THE MOVE — Indian Creek’s Logan Woods leads the Redskins into Friday’s Buckeye 8 showdown at Kettlewell Stadium against Harrison Central.
-- Seth Staskey

Creek's playoff push continues Friday when 5-2 Harrison Central visits Wintersville. The Huskies remain alive in the Division IV Region 15 hunt despite their heartbreaking 29-28 loss to Bellaire.

The defeat dropped Justin Kropka's club from sixth to eighth. St. Clairsville leads Region 15 with Ferry occupying the six hole.

In the victory over Ferry, Indian Creek rolled to 428 yards of offense (301 on the ground and 127 through the air). Logan Woods powered his way to 167 stripes on 18 trips. Alex Young collected 60 to go with is passing performance.

Frank Kamarec was on the receiving end of seven Young aerials. Blake Roar returned to the Creek lineup after missing a few games and immediately made his presence felt. He caught a touchdown pass just before the half then plowed in from three yards out for the game's final score.

Maurtice Hython had his usual strong game for the Huskies. He carried the ball 31 times for 211 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, Hython has 1,367 stripes and 14 rushing scores. Both totals lead The Herald Star/Daily Times coverage area.

After the Harrison Central encounter, Creek will close by visiting Buckeye Local then hosting Edison. The Huskies, meanwhile, will visit Union Local and host the Panthers.

Catholic Central, fresh off its 63-14 thumping of Division V Barnesville, has jumped to third in Division VI's Region 21. The 5-2 Crusaders have won four straight and will visit Weir Friday.

Mogadore continues to lead the region and Malvern is second. Unbeaten Shadyside stands fifth. Central advanced from seventh to third with its first ever win over the Shamrocks.

Central's offense compiled 487 offensive yards in the easy win. For the first time in recent history, the Crusaders had more yardage on the ground (277) than they did through the air (210).

Senior Doug Maslowski ran over, around and through the Barnesville defense for 195 yards and five touchdowns. He had scoring jaunts of 47, 10, 2, 3 and 9.

Brenton Colabella threw for one score (he tops the area with 22 scoring tosses). Zack Herrington, the area's leading receiver with 32, grabbed the TD pass.

After the Weir contest, Steve Daley's club has two huge dates on the schedule. It will host 5-1 Madonna then visit 6-1 Magnolia.

Friday's loss to Youngstown Ursuline dropped Big Red from sixth to ninth in Region 21. Alliance Marlington continues as the regional leader with Millersburg West Holmes second.

Dover jumped to sixth after knocking previously unbeaten Zanesville, a Division II club.

Big Red will hit the road for the just the second time this season, traveling to Morgantown for a key Friday battle. The Mohigans are 5-1 after clipping Wheeling Park. Kickoff at Pony Lewis Field is scheduled for 7:30 p.m.

Reno Saccoccia's club will close the season with home games against Sir Wilfrid Laurier from Toronto, Canada and Akron Butchel. The Blue Devils currently are 2-1 while the Griffins are 3-4.

Madonna should climb the West Virginia Class A ladder when new ratings are released this week. Unofficially, it appears the Blue Dons will jump to the No. 8 slot.

The Blue Dons were 13th before knocking off No. 14 Bishop Donahue Friday in Moundsville. Three teams ahead of Madonna (Tug Valley, Wirt County and East Hardy) fell over the weekend.

Doug Taylor's gridders will travel to Clarksburg this week to test 3-3 Notre Dame. They then will tangle with Catholic Central at Harding Stadium and host Toronto. Madonna closes the season with a home date with Clay-Battelle, currently sporting a 7-0 mark.

Ross Comis was the man again for the Dons in the 15-14 win over the Bishops. He traveled for 186 yards and scored on runs of 47 and 78. In addition, he intercepted a late Donahue pass and made something out of nothing off a botched snap on an extra point and completed a two-point conversion to Garrett Hypes that ended up being the difference.

The junior quarterback is the second leading rusher in the area with 761 stripes on 73 trips (an average of 10 yards a tote). He has 11 scores on the ground and has thrown for six more.

Oak Glen kept its Class AA playoff hopes alive thanks to a 26-20 overtime victory at Tyler Consolidated.

The Golden Bears, winners of two straight, are 4-3 and will visit East Liverpool Friday.

Bub Haddox had a huge night for Oak Glen, compiling 221 yards of total offense (throwing for 168 yards and running for 53). He ran for two scores and passed for another.

Top stats: Running wild: 211, Hython, Harrison Central, four touchdowns; 195, Maslowski, Catholic Central, five touchdowns; 186, Comis, Madonna, two touchdowns; 167, Woods, Indian Creek; 97, Austin Marshall, Buckeye Local, two touchdowns; 90, Eric Piatt, Weir, touchdown.

Gunslingers: 210, Colabella, Catholic Central, 11 of 23, score; 184, Nolan Marcus, Edison, 14 of 25, three scores; 168, Haddox, Oak Glen, 12 of 23, score; 127, Young, Indian Creek, 12 of 19, two scores; 98, Rasheen Mitchell, Harrison Central, 6 of 11; 96, Nathan Kirk, Buckeye Local, 5 of 8; 91, Blaze Glenn, Toronto, 9 of 20, score.

Hands team: 7, Kamarec, Indian Creek, 55; 5, Rich Springer, Edison, 127, two touchdowns; 5, Herrington, Catholic Central, 84, touchdown; 4, Chris Graziani, Edison, 68, touchdown; 4, Shane Duncan, Buckeye Local, 96; 4, Matt Petrella, Big Red, 29.

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