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Football Lookahead: Madonna Expecting to Get Cameron’s Best Shot

September 26, 2013
By RALPH COX , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

It has been a long time since a Madonna football team lost to Cameron - longer than most can remember - but the 2013 edition of the Dragons have the tools and the talent to pull off an upset.

Cameron (1-3) invades Jimmy Carey Stadium on Friday night to help the unbeaten Madonna Blue Dons (3-0) celebrate Homecoming. Kickoff is set for 7 p.m.

The Dragons feature 6-foot-9 junior quarterback Logan Routt, and Blue Dons coach Doug Taylor says there is concern about the Dragons aerial attack.

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Elliot Nero and the Blue Dons look to remain perfect against Cameron.

"Routt is getting better all the time, as is the Cameron football team," Taylor said. "He's pretty much a drop-back passer who likes to throw the deep pass and he does it well. With his height he can easily see over the linemen and spot the open receivers."

Madonna is coming off the West Virginia mandatory bye week after defeating Wheeling Central soundly two weeks ago. The 42-7 victory was the third straight for the Blue Dons.

"We feel good about where we are and the team enjoyed that win over Wheeling Central for that weekend," Taylor said. "That was a big win for us, for our confidence and for the school, but we began to focus on Cameron when we got back to practice on the Monday after the game.

"We used the extra time to work hard on a their tendencies as well as brushing up on some things during the layoff. This week starts an important stretch for us in our season with some good football teams."

Madonna opens a five-game homestand this week with matchups against Bridgeport, Bishop Donahue, Notre Dame and Steubenville Catholic in successive weeks.

Taylor said he has the utmost respect for Cameron coach Jim Rogers, who has been at the helm of the Dragons for years.

"Rogers and his staff field a good team year in and year out," Taylor said. "They started slow because they have some inexperience on their line, but they played much better last week."

The Dragons were defeated by Beallsville, 12-6, last week. Cameron lost to Bishop Donahue (2-2) by a 48-12 count in the season opener then got their only victory, 26-9 at Valley (2-2). They played undefeated Notre Dame (3-0) tough and were ahead till late in the game before going down by a 24-18 score.

"Cameron has played some very good competition," Taylor continued. "Their record is not indicative of the team they have."

Taylor said that Madonna's 63-8 romp against Beallsville in the season opener may not have been so lopsided had not the Blue Devils' starting tailback and a couple of other players been injured in a scrimmage the week before the game.

"We have to pressure Routt and make him do things he's not comfortable doing, such as running the football and throwing on the run," Taylor said. "Then, they also have another experienced senior in Hunter Yoders (5-7, 160) at running back. He's a returning starter and is a very capable running back."

The Blue Dons will be led by senior quarterback Ross Comis, who has scored 58 points -six touchdowns and two extra points running in three games.

Comis has rushed for 336 yards on 51 attempts, while senior running back Elliot Nero has 295 yards on 43 runs.

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