MOUNDSVILLE - Racking up 513 yards of total offense and turing back-to-back goal line stands in the first half while the game was still close, Bishop Donahue rolled past cross-river rival St. John Central 47-0 Saturday night at Monarch Stadium.
Two Bishops, Saquan Hill and Lavonte Hampton, eclipsed the 100-yard mark while a Jordan Bonar circus catch was turned into a 62-yard touchdown, giving him 128 yards on just three catches.
Hampton, taking direct snaps in Bishop Donahue's version of the ''Wildcat,'' had 121 yards and two touchdowns on just six carries. Hill opened the scoring with a 36-yard run and he also added a 10-yard TD reception from maturing sophomore quarterbck Jesse Padlow, another Bishop standout in the runaway victory. Overall, Hill's night included 118 rushing yards for his 10 attempts.
Bishop Donahue’s Lavonte Hampton (5) runs Saturday as St. John’s John Alvey (32) closes in.
Photo by Alex Kozlowski
Padlow completed 6 of 9 passes for 156 yards and two touchdowns. He was picked off one time but that was his first interception in four games for the Bishops (3-1).
Despite the huge margin of victory, Bishop Donahue coach John Durdines provided high praise for the Irish (2-2).
''We've seen all three of their (previous) games and they have improved all the way across the board. We knew we had to come out focused and our kids also had a little chip on their shoulders. We wanted to make a statement that we were pretty good, too," Durdines said.
A huge mental mistake by the St. John special teams actually helped open the flood gates late in the first quarter when Bishop Donahue needed just seven seconds to put 14 points on the board.
After Bishop Donahue had taken a 6-0 lead on Hill's 36-yard TD scamper at the 2:14 mark of the opening period, the Irish failed to get on the football when a low bouncing kickoff toward the right sideline somehow stayed in bounds and stopped dead at the St. John 4.
Kris Wood alertly made the recovery for the Bishops at that point and one-play later, Bonar picked up the final 4 yards straight up the middle. Bonar then added the two-point conversion run for a 14-0 advantage with 2:07 showing on the clock.
Devon Hennesy's 41-yard kickoff return along with a personal foul penalty against the Bishops put St. John's in business at the hosts 26. The Irish reached the 3 but C.J Huff broke through to spill D.J. Shoemaker for a loss of seven back to the 10 on fourth down ending the drive.
Alex Francis's interception gave St. John's the ball back at the Donahue 32 and he caught a 22-yard sideline toss from Shoemaker at the 5. Again, however, the Bishops defense stiffened and Shoemaker was stopped in his tracks for 2-yard loss during another fourth-down rushing attempt.
The game was basically over from that point. Padlow, facing fourth and goal at the Irish 10, found Hill to complete a well-executed slant for the touchdown.Hampton tacked on the two-point conversion extending the lead to 22-0 with 40 seconds left in the half.
The Bishops scored three times in the third quarter, beginning with the 62-yard strike to Bonar after he snatched the ball away from an Irish defender at the 40, turned around and had nothing but green grass in front of him all the way to the end zone.
''Jordan has incredibly strong hands. When the ball was in the air he said it was to be his," Durdines said. ''From there he just basically secured it and took off."
Hampton's touchdown scampers of 16 and 26 yards extended the lead to 40-0 and was followed by a sparkling 51-yard carry for the Bishops final touchdown early in the fourth quarter.
''We put in a few wrinkles tonight with Hampton taking some direct snaps. We didn't think we would be able to line up and pound the ball against them, so we mixed it up a lot," Durdines added.
While Bishops rushed for 357 yards and added 156 through the air, St. John's was limited to 75 yards of total offense, 36 yards on 33 rushing attempts and 39 passing.