Friday, October 07, 2011

    Barnesville High 27, Steubenville Catholic Central 7   

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Undefeated Barnesville Awaits Crusaders

Written by Mario Saggio

Steubenville Catholic Central looks to make it two wins in a row Friday night, but they face a daunting task, traveling to Barnesville to face the 6-0 Shamrocks. The Crusaders are coming off a 17-6 win at Conotton Valley Saturday afternoon that improved their record to 2-4. The Shamrocks kept their record perfect with a 28-6 win at Caldwell.

Head Coach Luke Johnson’s Barnesville squad has been impressive through the first six games of the campaign, registering wins over John Glenn (34-13), Meadowbrook (21-14), Union Local (39-20), Buckeye Trail (40-13) and Shenandoah (25-6) prior to last weekend.

Senior Zack Dornon (6-0, 160) quarterbacks the Shamrock attack. He threw for 130 yards and two scores against Caldwell, while adding another score on the ground.

At tailback is 5-9, 160-pound Preston Dornon, who ran for 75 yards and a score last Friday. Leading the way for the fleet senior is bruising fullback Jesse Stoudt, a 6-0, 207-pound senior, who was on the receiving end of a touchdown pass in the latest Shamrock victory.

Also snagging a touchdown pass last week was big tight end Tyler Fitzpatrick, a 6-5, 225-pound senior. Joining him among the Barnesville receiving corps are flankers Austin Hannahs (5-6, 130, sophomore) and Colton Pritchard (5-9, 150, junior), along with sophomore split end Kyle McIntire (6-1, 145).

The Shamrocks boast a huge interior line. Senior Ian Wells (6-4, 310) lines up at center. He is flanked by classmates Shane Rominger (5-9, 270) and Colin Hallstrom (5-10, 270) at guard. The tackles are both juniors, Stephen Burkhart (6-0, 295) and Brandon Burkhart (6-1, 177).

Defensively, the Barnesville front line is comprised of Hallstrom and Stephen Burkhart at the tackle spots, with a pair of Wells’ at the ends, Ian and 6-0, 249-pound freshman Mitchell.

Stoudt and Fitzpatrick are the inside linebackers, with Brandon Burkhart and Zack Dornan at the outside spots.

Preston Dornon patrols the secondary from his safety spot, while Pritchard and senior Clay Crosier (5-11, 140) are the starting cornerbacks.

For Catholic Central, senior fullback Jim Panella paced a ground game that had it’s most impressive showing of the season, by far, in last Saturday’s win at Conotton Valley. The 5-10, 200-pound senior bulled his way to 116 yards on 31 carries for a Crusader rushing attack that amassed 210 yards on 65 attempts. Fellow senior Jon Emmerling scored the Crusaders’ first touchdown last week on his way to a 20-carry, 82-yard effort.

Although he has struggled as of late, sophomore quarterback Brenton Colabella has completed 56 of his 116 passing attempts for 845 yards, accounting for 10 touchdowns while being picked off six times.

Senior slotback Brannt Pieniazek hauled in his seventh scoring reception of the season Saturday and leads the Crusaders with 348 yards receiving (on 16 catches). Junior wideout Zac Herrington leads Central in receptions, with 18, accounting for 158 yards.

On the other side of the ball, Emmerling leads the Crusaders in tackles, racking up 61 so far from his linebacker spot. He was a stalwart last week, picking off a Conotton Valley pass and joining senior end Joe Fallon in helping record a safety against the Rockets.

Fallon is second on the team in tackles with 53, and leads in sacks (9) and tackles for lost yardage (8).

Pieniazek leads the secondary with 40 tackles, followed by senior B.J. Grandinetti with 34. Senior Steve Mihalyo and sophomore Ryan Fletcher both had key interceptions in the second half of last week’s victory.

Sophomore tackle Jake McCann’s 17 tackles pace the interior of the Crusader front, a line that was bolstered by the return of 5-10, 215-pound senior end Stephen Calloway.

Colabella has averaged nearly 35 yards per punt while junior Doug Maslowski has converted 10 of 13 extra points on the year.

Friday night’s meeting is only the second all-time between the Crusaders and Shamrocks, with Barnesville taking a 27-9 win last year at Harding Stadium. Kickoff for this week’s game is set for 7:30 p.m.

Unbeaten Barnesville Too Much For Crusaders

Written by Mario Saggio

An inspired Steubenville Catholic Central squad took an early 7-0 lead and held off several Barnesville scoring opportunities before the home-standing Shamrocks took control in the second half on their way to a 27-7 win that still has them unbeaten after seven games.

The brother combination of Zach and Preston Dornon led Barnesville to victory. Zach ran for two touchdowns, and threw for another to Preston, who added a running score himself.

The Crusaders got on the board first after forcing a three-and-out by the Shamrocks. Taking over at the Barnesville 45 after a short punt, Central needed only two plays to score, as quarterback Brenton Colabella threw a perfect scoring strike to Brannt Pieniazek over top of the secondary. Doug Maslowski’s PAT gave Central a 7-0 lead just 2:07 into the game.

Barnesville answered with an eight-play, 70-yard drive of their own that culminated in a one-yard sneak by Zach Dornon with 6:25 left in the opening stanza. David Brown’s PAT tied the score.

After forcing a Crusader punt that gave them the ball at the Central 42, the Shamrocks moved inside the red zone before Crusader Ryan Fletcher came up with an interception at his own six-yard line.

Unable to move the ball, Central punted again, giving Barnesville excellent field position at the visitors’ 25-yard line. The Crusader defense stiffened again as Dornon’s fourth-down pass fell incomplete.

A series of punts saw Barnesville start from their own 27-yard line. Aided by Zach Dornon’s 16-yard run on a fake punt, the Shamrocks moved into Crusader territory. Dornon came through on fourth down again, evaded the rush and weaving his way through the Crusader defense for a 28-yard touchdown with just over two minutes left in the opening half.

The Crusaders deflected Dornon’s pass on the two-point conversion attempt, leaving the score at 13-7.

Central threatened again before the half as senior B.J. Grandinetti took the ensuing kickoff 60 yards to the Barnesville 28-yard line. The Crusaders recovered their own first-down fumble but lost 15 yards in the process. Following an incompletion, Colabella hit junior wideout Michael Carapellotti for a 31-yard gain to the 12, but the Crusaders couldn’t convert as Colabella’s fourth-down pass to the back of the end zone fell incomplete.

The second half opened with Central using seven plays to march from their own 34 to the Barnesville 37 before Colabella was sacked on fourth-and-seven.

Spurred on by that defensive effort, the Shamrocks mounted a time-consuming drive from their 44 inside the Crusader 20 but Central senior Steve Mihalyo intercepted a Dornon pass inside the five-yard line to snuff the scoring threat.

Three plays later, the Crusaders were forced to punt, giving the ball back to the hosts at the Central 40. Two runs put Barnesville inside the 10 before back to back fumbles, the second which appeared to be recovered by the Crusaders, temporarily stalled the Shamrocks’ drive.

Dornon worked his fourth-down magic again, evading a heavy rush, scrambling to his right and hitting his brother in the end zone for a three-yard score. Brown’s second PAT upped the lead to 20-7 late in the third quarter.

After another Crusader punt, Barnesville extended it’s lead on Preston Dornon’s 27-yard scoring burst up the middle on the second play of the fourth quarter. Brown again added the conversion for the final point of the night.

Central did threaten once more, sustaining a 14-play drive from their own 27 to the Barnesville 16, but a fourth-and-four run was stopped two yards short. The teams exchanged fumbles before the hosts ran out the clock.

The victors totaled 244 yards on the ground, led by Preston Dornon’s 18-carry, 148-yard effort. His brother added 71 yards on 13 carries, while completing seven of 16 passes for 66 yards.

Tight end Ryan Fitzpatrick caught three of those passes for 28 yards.

For the Crusaders, Colabella was 16 of 33 for 150 yards, connecting with senior Jon Emmerling seven times for 35 yards, and junior Zac Herrington four times for 29 yards.

Central was only able to muster 22 rushing yards on 25 attempts, despite senior fullback Jim Panella tallying 31 yards on eight carries.

Aside from Fletcher and Mihalyo’s interceptions, Jimmy Joe Mort had a fumble recovery for Central, who falls to 2-5 with the loss.

The Crusaders return to action Friday night at Jimmy Carey Stadium when they face home-standing Weir High. Barnesville hosts 6-1 Monroe Central that same night.