WEIRTON - Clay-Battelle came to town with a 9-0 record and the reputation for having a big line and fast backs. As it turned out, all that reputation didn't mean much as the Madonna Blue Dons pounded the Cee-Bees with a ball-control offense rolling to a 40-2 victory.
The victory left both teams with 9-1 records and solidified the Blue Dons' playoff position. Madonna should ease into fourth place in the Class A ranks. The Blue Dons were ranked fifth going into the game at Jimmy Carey Stadium with the fourth place team, Greenbrier West, already completing its season at 9-1.
Should the Blue Dons get to fourth in the rankings it should assure them of two home playoff games provided they continue to add to their eight-game winning streak.
Weirton Madonna’s Nick Ossman finds a hole Friday night against Clay-Battelle at Jimmy Carey Stadium.
Clay-Battelle was ranked seventh going into the game and while making the playoffs, will likely have to be on the road.
Madonna finished with three backs rushing for more than 100 yards. Meanwhile, the Blue Dons defense allowed Clay-Battelle three first-half possessions and 90 total yards of offense in the game.
''We decided in the locker room before the game that we were dedicating this game to our four seniors,'' Blue Dons coach Doug Taylor said. ''And each of them - Jim Fulciniti, Garrett Hypes, Quintin Hukill and Charlie Kotten - played key roles in this game both offensively and defensively. We're really going to miss those guys.''
Madonna junior Ross Comis led the offense rushing for 150 yards and two touchdowns and pitching a perfect game hitting 5 of 5 passes for 38 yards and two TDs.
In addition to his rushing and passing, Comis, who plays safety on defense, picked off two Clay-Battelle passes.
Comis got the Blue Dons on the board first. After putting the opening kickoff in play at their 39-yard line, Madonna drove to the Clay-Battelle 16 in four plays. On first down from the 16, Comis weaved his way through the defense on a keeper over the left side and found the end zone.
Matt Green, who went into the game missing just 3 of 42 extra-point attempts, didn't get the ball through the uprights, but the touchdown gave Madonna the early lead at 6-0.
The Cee-Bees had two first downs and gained a total of 19 yards with their first possession so junior quarterback Tristan Haught punted with the ball rolling dead at the Madonna four-yard line.
Undaunted, the Blue Dons marched 96 yards in 13 plays eating 6:33 off the clock to score on the final play of the quarter when Comis made a little 2-yard toss over the defense to Marcello Biondillo in the end zone. Green's boot gave the Dons a 13-0 lead.
On their ensuing possession, the Cee-Bees drove from their own 23 to the Madonna 38 from where Coach Wilson elected to have Haught try to pin the Blue Dons deep again with a punt. However, this time the ball barely rolled across the goal line for a touchback.
This possession the Blue Dons drove the 80 yards to paydirt with 11 plays. Comis, who had rushed for 1,127 yards going into the game, accounted for 49 more yards during the drive including a 1-yard sneak over center for the touchdown.