Madonna Tops Wahama In High-Scoring Affair

By
Nathan Wiseman

Dateline
Updated Sun, Nov 24, 2013 11:38 am
Photo Credit: 
Kate Hiller

Last season, Wahama claimed their first title in school history with a thrilling 43-42 overtime victory over the Madonna Blue Dons.  

The 2013 rematch in the snow at Jimmy Carey Stadium played out differently.

Ross Comis and the No. 1 ranked Madonna Blue Dons (12-0) netted 521 total offensive yards to surge pass the White Falcons, 77-50.

Hot chocolate aroma filled the air as football fans bundled up under heavy blankets and fought freezing temperatures to witness the first snow-filled game of the season.

Both teams struggled to find any kind of momentum in the first few minutes of action due to relentless defensive play.

After a Madonna punt, Kane Roush and the White Falcons gave their frigid fans something to stand up and cheer about.

The 2013 Gridiron Glory Player of the Year capped off Wahama’s 14-play, 57-yard drive with a 2-yard plunge into the end zone, giving the White Falcons an early 8-0 lead with 4:58 remaining in the first quarter. Madonna answered back with 0:09 left in the first quarter on a touchdown pass from Comis to Marcello Biondillo from 11 yards out. After the kickoff, Roush took the ball 63-yards to the house on the first and only play of the drive as the first quarter expired.

Wahama did not score again in the first half.

Comis showed off his rushing talent on the first play of the second quarter, scurrying 74 yards down the gridiron for a Blue Don touchdown.

Cold hands and slippery field conditions started to cause havoc on Wahama’s next drive. 

The White Falcons coughed up the ball and gave Comis the opportunity to take over the game. Comis rushed for two consecutive touchdowns, giving Madonna a 34-16 lead at halftime.

The Blue Dons showed no signs of slowing down early in the second half, as Eliot Nero capped off a 5 play, 41-yard drive with a 10-yard touchdown run. He finished the night with four rushing touchdowns.

Roush came alive on the ensuing kickoff by scrambling and juking his way down the field for an 80-yard kickoff return score. He finished the night with three touchdowns on kickoff returns alone, adding three scores on the ground.

Both teams continued to battle back-and-forth for most of the fourth quarter, but the Wahama comeback attempt was too little, too late, as the Blue Dons won 77-50.

Comis finished the night with six rushing touchdowns.

Madonna (12-0) will host the Williamstown Yellow Jackets (10-2) in next week’s Class A semifinal in Weirton, W.Va.

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