ST. CLAIRSVILLE - St. Clairsville senior Dan Monteroso had a pretty pedestrian opening game if you look at the numbers.
He had just four catches for 37 yards and with the Red Devils running all over Wheeling Park during the McDonald's OVAC Kickoff Weekend at Wheeling Island Stadium, there wasn't much need to throw the ball.
So just how is it he was one of the reasons St. Clairsville was able to dominate the second half?
''I'm not a much of a vocal leader, I just kind of go about my way and try to lead by example, but in the locker room I was kind of screaming a little bit,'' Monteroso said, saying his words might not be suitable for print. ''We locked down the locker room and said some things that needed to be said. We had a bad first half and we came out and dominated the second half.''
Whatever came out of his mouth, it sure worked as the second half belonged to the Red Devils in a 47-27 rout, 35 points of which came in the final 24 minutes.
As St. Clairsville showed, it is as talented a team as there is in the Ohio Valley and will surely be one of the most watched.
Much of the summer headlines belonged to teammate Michael Ferns and his recruiting saga which eventually saw him commit to Michigan.
Meanwhile, Monteroso was getting his own looks from Division I schools.
In early July, the senior decided Boston College was going to be his new home, beating out 12 other schools.
''Boston College was my favorite,'' Monteroso said. ''The people I was around and the environment, the city of Boston, the Boston College campus, the football players are great guys. That is what made me fall in love with Boston. They made me feel like I was one of their own before I even committed.''
Also intriguing was the addition of offensive coordinator Doug Martin, a former Kent State coach that is expected to open up the offense.
''Coach Martin and Coach Spaz (head coach Frank Spaziani) always talked to me,'' Monteroso said. ''They are going to throw it around a lot. But I will worry about that after basketball season. My goal right now is to go 2-0 next week and keep going. My mind is on Brooke.''
Monteroso missed three games last season following shoulder surgery but bounced back with 23 receptions for 454 yards and seven touchdowns.
At 6-foot-3, Monteroso is a big target for any quarterback but with Ferns and teammate Jaylon Brown, who rushed for 150 yards and four touchdowns (plus a touchdown coming on an interception return) against the Patriots, there might be more days like Thursday where Monteroso isn't always a part of the game plan.
''Jaylon and Michael run the iso like it's their job,'' Monteroso said. ''If I have to score five touchdowns to win, so be it. If Matt (Kinnick) has to run for two and Mike has to score and Jaylon has to score, whatever it takes. A 'W' is a 'W' in my book.''
And to think, football might not be his best sport. Monteroso is a standout basketball player where he was first-team All-Ohio, All-OVAC, All-Valley (Big School co-captain), and the Division II co-Player of the Year.
''In basketball, I'm the short one,'' Monteroso said. ''In basketball, I'm 6-3 and I'm short. In football, I'm 6-3 and I'm tall. I had some Division I basketball offers but I decided football would be the best chance to play in college and maybe, if I'm lucky, further.''
Northeastern, also located in Boston, was one of his favorites.
One person that is sure you will see more of Monteroso once he leaves St. Clairsville is football coach Brett McLean.
''I think the sky is the limit and people don't really know how athletic this kid is,'' McLean said. ''You have to make it through that buffer period of being on the bottom of the totem pole again. But he is as coachable as anybody, as competitive as anybody. He is going to get into a weight program and gain some strength. As long as he makes it through that buffer period, I think you are going to be hearing a lot more of his name.''
(Weekend wrap only includes teams that called or emailed their stats on Sunday).