WEIRTON - Bridgeport and Weirton Madonna have developed quite an intense rivalry over the past decade, but Saturday night at the new Jimmy Carey Stadium there was no suspense in the outcome.
The West Virginia-ranked Blue Dons (4-1) steamrolled their way to an convincing, 55-0, triumph over the outmanned Bulldogs (1-5).
"They beat us in every phase of the game," said Bridgeport head coach Rudy Vavrock. "We knew coming up here that Madonna had great athletes, but we were in position to make tackles and just didn't wrap up. We have to get back to the fundamentals and get better."
The Blue Dons wasted no time in asserting themselves, jumping out to a 35-0 lead at the half.
The domination was evident on the stat sheet where the Dons accumulated 287 yards of offense, including 188 on the ground. The Bulldogs, meanwhile, had 68 yards of offense in the first half.
Senior quarterback Ross Comis was once again brilliant. In the first half alone, he engineering scores on all five Blue Dons' possessions and was a perfect 4-of-4 passing for 99 yards. All told, he finished with 103 yards passing and 75 rushing yards.
Comis scored touchdowns on runs of 23 and 17 yards. He then found Marcello Biondello for a 53-yard scoring strike.
Madonna's other two touchdowns came thanks to the legs of Nick Ossman, who scored on 22 and 11 yard jaunts in the second quarter. Matt Green was perfect on five PAT kicks in the first half. Ossman closed with 79 yards on three touchdowns on seven carries.
The Hancock Countians, who scored on every possession except their last when they kneeled on the ball, continued to pour it on in the third quarter. Ossman ripped off a 26-yard scoring run and then Garrett Hypes took a punt back 70 yards.
Green nailed the first PAT try, but Madonna kneeled on the second score of the third quarter.
Austin Connell capped the scoring and allowed the Madonna defense to get into the scoring act. He took a Bailey McGrath pass back 48 yards for a pick six.
Bridgeport's offense was limited to eight first downs. Q.J. Williams led the attack with 61 yards on 16 rushes. Dallas Fields carried 16 times for 43 yards. McGrath finished 3-of-5 for 22 yards through the air.
Bridgeport is on the road again this week when it heads to New Martinsville to take on River at Magnolia.