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Kudos to Rally leaders

September 8, 2009

Kudos to everyone, led by Ken Halloy, who had a hand in the Rally in the Valley Saturday at Wheeling Island Stadium.

No one can complain about being ripped off.

I do not want to hear that $20 for one high school football game is too expensive.

You knew the situation before handing over that Andrew Jackson.

If you watched every snap of every game you were there from 10 a.m. to 1:05 a.m.

If you did that, I'm not sure what to say, other than congratulations and I hope you brought a really good seat cushion and a lot of sunscreen.

The only problem with Saturday was the fact the last game started some two hours late and finished at 1:05 a.m.

It was never intended to be that way, yet it was, and it cannot happen again.

I really like the five games in one day idea.

But, if that is to happen again, start the first game at 8 a.m. and go every three hours.

Do not tell me that 8 a.m. is too early to start a football game.

It happens in youth football and kids were ready to practice at that time during two-a-days.

If you cut back to four games, the first game can start at 10 a.m. and go every three hours.

The last game would start much closer to 7 p.m. than 9 p.m.

I know there is talk of having five game with three on Saturday and two on Sunday, or six games with three on each day.

As you know, I am not any type of fan of playing an high school events on Sunday.

That is left for professional sports.

Anyway, to recap the day-long Rally:

Wheeling Central lost for the first time at home since 2004, when Linsly got the upper hand. Akron Buchtel dropped the Maroon Knights, 50-17. St. Joseph's Prep out of Philadelphia scored twice in the final three minutes to beat McKeesport, 27-26.

Skyler Mornhinweg, son of Philadelphia Eagles offensive coordinator and former Detroit Lions coach Marty Mornhinweg, was 2 of 11 for 14 yards before St. Joseph's got the ball with a little more than five minutes left in the game.

He went 3-for-3 for 54 yards to make it 26-21 with 2:46 unplayed.

St. Joe's recovered the onside kick and the young quarterback, on the second play, found Desmon Peoples for the winning score. Mornhinweg then intercepted a pass to complete the victory.

The word on some streets was that Steubenville Big Red's winning streak was coming to an end.


Make that 62 in a row.

Jesse Birden and Shaq Petteway led Big Red's 13-0 triumph of Woodland Hills with 12 and 11 tackles, respectively.

Steubenville held the Wolverines to 169 yards of offense.

Big Red heads to East Liverpool, the site of its last loss in the regular season, for a 7:30 p.m. game on Friday.

After Youngstown Ursuline held a 16-0 lead at the end of the first quarter, Pittsburgh Central Catholic outscored the defending Division V state champions 49-6 over the final 36 minutes.

Bellaire closed the night and began the morning with a 44-32 victory over John Marshall in the finale.

Also during Week 2:

Indian Creek's Niko Otto won the inaugural Joe Fortunato Player of the Week with his performance against Cleveland John Hay. The award is being sponsored by the Mingo Business Association and will be handed out each week to one of the Redskins players.

The player will receive a No. 31 decal, which will be put on the back of the helmet.

Fortunato is the most decorated football player to come out of the district. He played at Mississippi State and for the Chicago Bears from 1955 to 1966.

The Mingo Junction native was a five-time Pro Bowl selection who finished his career with 16 interceptions.

Otto had 12 solo and seven assisted tackles. He also caught a 52-yard scoring pass on the Redskins' second play from scrimmage.

Brooke moved to 2-0 and is the city champs - the city of Parkersburg, that is.

The Bruins beat the Parkersburg Big Reds on the road in Week 1 and toppled the Parkersburg South Patriots at home on Week 2.

Brooke senior quarterback Cotey Wallace finished with 112 yards through the air, 48 on the ground (including two scores), while junior running back Ryan Lazear totaled 218 yards and a touchdown on the ground on nine carries.

Lazear also had an interception. Teammate Jake Lilly had five tackles and a sack.

Ben Palmer helped Harrison Central go 2-0 and on top of the Division III, Region 13 standings by gaining 122 yards and a touchdown as the Huskies beat Weir.

Madonna got back to business with a 54-6 win over Paden City. The game was over early and the Blue Dons, No. 1 in the West Virginia Class A rankings, host St. John Central on Saturday at 7:30 p.m. at Jimmy Carey Stadium.

The Irish are coming off a surprise 22-21 victory at Cameron when quarterback Jerry Manukin went in from the 2-yard line with 36 seconds left in the contest.

Oak Glen got off the floor after the 51-6 loss to Columbiana Crestview in Week 1 and handed East Liverpool a 35-14 defeat.

The Golden Bears visit Kettlewell Stadium at 7:30 p.m. on Friday to face Indian Creek.

Junior Chance Rowland had 29 carries for 172 yards and two touchdowns against the Potters. He also caught six balls for 50 yards and a score. He was the defensive leader with seven tackles (two for loss), a sack and a forced fumble.

Buckeye Local moved to 2-0 and snapped a five-game losing streak to St. Clairsville with a convincing 38-17 victory.

All-everything Bobby Spence ran the ball 14 times for 140 yards and two scores. He also intercepted his third pass of the season.

The reigning Ohio Division III defensive player of the year had 11 picks last season.

(Mathison, a Weirton resident, is the sports editor of the Herald-Star and The Weirton Daily Times and can be contacted at

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