WAYNESBURG - Bernie Thompson played in just one game as a freshman for the Waynesburg Yellowjackets. He failed to make a catch.
Through three games as a sophomore, Thompson has only three receptions, but his third one was a biggie.
Thompson hauled in a 13-yard scoring strike from Waynesburg QB Tyler Fatigante that proved to be the deciding touchdown in a 35-14 win against Saint Vincent in a Presidents' Athletic Conference opener on the road in Loretta, Pa.
Thompson finished with two receptions for 20 yards, but also made an impact in the return game.
He fielded three punts and finished with 49 return yards, including a lengthy 35-yard return in the fourth quarter that brought the ball deep in St. Vincent's territory.
Thompson playing time is increasing and along with it, his trust level with the senior Fatigante, who like Thompson, is seeing his first major action of his collegiate career.
Standing 5-foot-8 and weighing a robust 150 pounds, Thompson utilizes his stature and speed to find openings in the secondary. It's a technique he's perfected since his days in Morristown where he set a Union Local record with 106 receptions as a senior.
In two-plus years on the varsity level, Thompson caught 192 passes for 1,854 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing just shy of 1,000 yards as a senior with 982 yards.
St. Clairsville's Jake Antolak had three tackles, including 1 for a loss with a forced fumble for Muskingum defensively.