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Weekend Wrap: Vani Puts on a Defensive Clinic for Bishops

October 22, 2013
By DAVE MORRISON , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

MOUNDSVILLE -Bishop Donahue's Chris Vani almost single-handily crammed a season's worth of statistics into a single game in the Bishops' 48-6 victory against Paden City on Friday night.

The 5-foot-10, 245-pound defensive lineman had five-and-a-half sacks and six tackles for a loss in the victory at Monarch Stadium.

That's a pretty decent season for most defensive linemen.

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"He's been like that all season for us," coach John Durdines said.

"He has a relentless motor and he's been like that for us since he was a freshman. He was the only freshman that played on our 2010 (undefeated regular season) team. He's led us in tackles in five of our six games and that is really hard for a defensive lineman to do."

It was easy to overlook Vani's contribution, with the offense led by quarterback Jesse Padlow (243 passing yards and five TDs) and Levonte Hampton (five touchdowns, one coming on an interception) seeming to catch fire against the Wildcats.

Not that Vani wasn't a contributor there as well.

"He's our center, he makes all the line calls," Durdines said. "That is maybe the most incredible part of what he does. We are in shotgun almost every snap and all his snaps are perfect.

"You see a point in the game when it looks like he is tired, then all of a sudden he catches an adrenaline rush and it's like he just came out of the lockerroom. It really is amazing."

Defensively, Vani has 13 sacks on the season.

Durdines didn't take credit for his senior's stellar play.

"As a coach, there are some things you can't coach," he said. "We try to put them in the right position to make plays. But at the end of the day, you have to want to do it, and with Chris, he has a huge motor. He has a huge desire. He has a great fundamental understanding of what he is supposed to do.

"There are a lot of times when opposing coaches have made mention of No. 60. He certainly does things beyond a coach's ability. Sometimes he makes a coach look good.

"I'll tell you this, I'm glad I don't have to try to block him."

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