By DAVE MORRISON
A couple of resounding statements were made over the weekend.
First, Clay-Battelle christened its new field with a convincing 35-6 victory against Bishop Donahue.
Tristan Haught, who is quietly putting together another fine season, was outstanding against the Bishops, rushing for 197 yards and three touchdowns and throwing for 141 yards and another score.
Even more emphatic was the statement made by Madonna Saturday night, which beat previously undefeated - and in some polls, No. 1 - Wheeling Central, 42-7.
"Any time you can start the season 3-0 and beat a team the caliber of a Wheeling Central, it's a great win for our program," Madonna coach Doug Taylor said.
He is not, however, concerned about making a statement, at least not this early in the season.
"We just have to take them one at a time," Taylor said.
As for that game, the Blue Dons took advantage of five Wheeling Central turnovers, which is more of a concern for Maroon Knights coach Mike Young.
"You can't give up that many turnovers to a team the caliber of Madonna and expect to beat them," Young said. "We not only shot ourselves in the foot, we gave them an opportunity to show what they could do and to their credit, they did that."
Madonna quarterback Ross Comis and running back Eliott Nero combined for 267 yards rushing and five touchdowns.
That much was expected, Taylor said.
"Ross is a big-game player," the coach said. "Any time it's a big game we want the ball in his hands.
"He shows up in the big games. I thought Eliott Nero had a great game as well."
The Blue Dons will take a short break with the week off. Taylor said they will work on installing the rest of their offense - news that will not please future opponents - before playing host to Cameron for homecoming Sept. 27.
Central jumps back in the fire when it plays Wheeling rival Linsly.
While Taylor might not want to call it a statement, Young had one at the ready about Madonna.
"They have an outstanding running attack, they are big up front and the coaches do an excellent job," Young said. "They are definitely a contender."
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