WEIRTON - Madonna celebrated Homecoming at Jimmy Carey Stadium in style Friday with a dominant 48-6 victory over Cameron.
Led by the trio of Elliot Nero, Ross Comis, and Will Bowser on offense, and a defense that surrendered just 130 yards, the Blue Dons, at one point, held a 48-0 lead.
"We're blessed with quite a few athletes," said Madonna head coach Doug Taylor. "You're talking Bowser, and you've also got Marcello Biondillo, you've got (Nate) Guio, and you've got (Tyler) Ewusiak so it's a lot for teams to defend. Tonight Bowser had a great night, and next week I expect one of those others to step up.
THE OTHER WAY — Weirton Madonna’s Will Bowser returns a fumble during the third quarter of Friday’s 48-6 victory over Cameron at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
"Nero was the workhorse for us tonight running the ball. We wanted to take a little of the load off of Ross, and let him concentrate on throwing the football."
Despite the tough loss, Cameron head coach Jim Rogers was proud of his team's effort as his team looks forward to better things in the second half of the season.
"We've done that all year," said Rogers of his team's effort. "Outmanned tonight? Yeah we were outmanned. We knew that, and tried to play the clock a little bit more. I'm happy with the way our kids responded. I thought we grew as a team tonight more than any other game this season.
Madonna 48, Cameron 6
Cameron 0 0 0 6 - 6
Madonna 20 14 14 0 - 48
M: Comis 5 run (Kick failed)
M: Bowser 45 pass from Comis (Green kick)
M: Bowser 27 pass from Comis (Green kick)
M: Comis 5 run (Green kick)
M: Nero 59 run (Green kick)
M: Comis 9 run ( Green kick)
M: Ewusiak 15 run (Green kick)
C: Starcher 55 pass from Routt (Run failed)
RUSHING: Cameron 22-42 (Ward 14-42, Mackey 4-2, Yoders 2-3, Wood 1-(-5)); Madonna 42-327-5 (Nero 12-170-1, Comis 12-59-3, Ewusiak 8-28-1, Brown 5-50, Shaw 3-12, Biondillo 1-9, Shreve 1-(-1)).
PASSING: Cameron 7-19-88-1TD-2x (All by Routt); Madonna 10-16-184-2TD-1x (All by Comis).
RECEIVING: Cameron (Williams 3-17, Ward 2-10, Starcher 1-55-1, Cook 1-6); Madonna (Bowser 6-116-2, Biondillo 3-45, Guio 1-23).
FIRST DOWNS: Cameron 4; Madonna 22.
PENALTIES-YARDS: Cameron 7-60; Madonna 11-86.
FUMBLES-LOST: Cameron 1-1; Madonna 2-1.
"I know that sounds crazy with the 48-6 score, but I saw a lot of character come out in our kids. We bonded together, and we have a good second half of the season right in front of us."
The Blue Dons showed no signs of a hangover coming off a bye week preceded by their big win over Wheeling Central. They scored on their first five possessions, with Comis involved in four of the five touchdowns.
"There's always a worry (coming off a bye), but we've been pushing them hard the past couple weeks, and I thought we played pretty hard from the opening kickoff," said Taylor.
Comis opened the scoring with a 5-yard run that capped a 11-play, 65-yard drive. The point after went off the left upright to give, and Madonna led 6-0.
On the next two possessions Comis found Bowser on scoring tosses. The first came from 45 yards, and the second from 27 yards. Matt Green put home both extra points, and the scoreboard read 20-0 Madonna.
The next two scores were a pair of TD runs - a 5-yard score by Comis and a 59-yard jaunt by Nero. Green was true on both points after and the Blue Dons led 34-0.
"Now it's four years I've watched this," said Rogers. "The third coming. I've been watching this. My good friend Johnny Retton, God bless him, he used to talk about these kids.
"Yeah they're good. They're really good."
Comis added the final score for the starters with a 9-yard run in the third quarter. Green made it 41-0 with the extra point.
Backup quarterback Joey Ewusiak capped the Madonna scoring with a 15-yard run followed by Green's sixth extra point for the 48-0 lead.
" A class act there at the end putting his other kids in," said Rogers. "I told him we don't have many kids, that when he subs not to look for us to because we just don't have them. Doug and his crew did a good job."
The Dragons put their six points up on a 55-yard completion from Logan Routt to Michael Starcher.
"I'm happy we got to score down here," said Rogers. "They gave us fits all night on defense, but we're going to get better."
The Madonna defense controlled the game as the Dragons only managed 43 first half yards with 20 coming on a run that picked up their only first down of the half. The Dragons had 22 carries for 42 yards rushing for the game with Routt completing 7 of 19 passes for 88 yards and a score.
Biondillo and Dillon Shaw each had interceptions with Bowser recovering a fumble for the Blue Dons.
"Our defense plays pretty good week in and week out," said Taylor. "They did a good job tonight containing that throwing offense. I was surprised a little Cameron ran as much, but give our team credit, they did a nice job stopping that run."
Nero led a Madonna rushing attack that accounted for 327 yards with 170 stripes and a score. Comis was 10 of 16 for 184 yards and 2 scores. Bowser had 6 catches for 116 yards 2 scores.
Shane Williams had an interception and Dalton Wood had a fumble recovery for the Dragons.
Madonna moved to 4-0 and host Bridgeport next week.