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SUNDAY, NOV. 24, 2013

Redemption it is

Madonna scores 77 to beat Wahama

By RALPH COX Sports correspondent

‘Sometimes you don’t get an opportunity to play a team like that a second time around’ By MATTHEW PEASLEE Sports writer WEIRTON — Any other day, a shot at redemption would be tops in Gabe Hypes’ mind. Not necessarily on Saturday night at the snow globe that was Jimmy Carey Stadium. “Getting revenge was probably the second most-fun part,” said Hypes, a Madonna senior. “I like playing in the snow a lot. It was a lot of fun.” He took full advantage of the white, powdery playing surface by diving to recover a pair of squib kicks in the third quarter which aided the Blue Dons’ 77-50 win over Wahama in Round 2 of the Class A playoffs. “I just ran down and got lucky and dove when I saw it,” Hypes said. Still, thoughts of last season’s 43-42 loss to the White Falcons in the state title game lingered around the Madonna locker room. “We talked in our pregame and all week,” said Blue Dons coach Doug Taylor. “It’s not about revenge, it’s about redemption. We thought we let something get away from us that we should have had. We felt that we definitely had to make a statement and that

we were going to get that back. “Sometimes you don’t get an opportunity to play a team like that a second time around.” Madonna took full advantage of the rare chance. “It was the next step to the ultimate goal which happened to be stopped by them last year,” said Blue Dons quarterback Ross Comis. “Coach told us that if we execute we’re not going to have a problem winning this game.” Taylor also had a special project for the 15 Madonna seniors on Friday night. “He had us write down our thoughts on this game,” Hypes said. “We all wrote down about 10 things of what it meant to us. We brought in our state runner-up plaque from last year. It was always what we were thinking about and now we just have to keep rolling on.” Hypes’ first kickoff recovery came after a 46-yard touchdown run by Eliott Nero that put the Blue Dons up 49-22 with 7:38 left in the third. A six-play scoring drive followed. See BLUE DONS Page 2C Á

WEIRTON — Madonna spotted Wahama a touchdown and got behind early, but came roaring back for a 77-50 West Virginia Class A quarterfinal victory in a game Saturday at Jimmy Carey Stadium that you had to be there to believe. The No. 1 and 12-0 Blue Dons now move on to host No. 4 Williamstown, which defeated Bishop Donahue Saturday, 5412 in the semi-final round. No. 8 Wahama was the defending state champions having defeated the Blue Dons in the championship game a year ago by a 43-42 overtime score. “It wasn’t a matter of revenge,” said Blue Dons coach Doug Taylor. “It was redemption. We felt we let something get away from us that we thought we had, and, you know, that’s compliments to them too. They are a very See MADONNA Page 2C Á

Mike Mathison

OH WHAT A NIGHT — Weirton Madonna defeated Wahama, 77-50, Saturday night in a West Virginia Class A state quarterfinal game at Jimmy Carey Stadium. Top, Eliott Nero scores on the first possession of the third quarter; middle, Marcello Biondillo caught a 22-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ross Comis; bottom, the Blue Dons’ Gabe Hypes recovers a fumble during the first half. Hypes recovered two more in the second half.

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