WEST LIBERTY Martins Ferry's Marco Richetti continues to display what makes him one of the top defensive backs in the West Virginia Conferece.
The West Liberty junior led the Hilltoppers' defense Saturday with 11 tackles, including four resulting in a loss in a 14-13 non-conference triumph against Virginia State.
Both his stat totals were game highs which helped West Liberty hand VSU its first defeat at home in more than two seasons.
The 6-3, 200 pound safety's biggest play came with Virginia State driving as Richetti picked off a pass in the end zone during a potential scoring drive.
For his efforts, Richetti was named WVIAC Defensive Player of the Week.
Through two games, Richetti is the Hilltoppers' leading tackler with 18.
As a sophomore, he ranked second on the team with defensive stops, checking in with 71.
Richetti and his teammates will look to go 1-0 in conference play Saturday as W.Va. Wesleyan invades Russek Field for a 1 p.m. kickoff in a WVIAC opener.
Steubenville's Dwight Macon snagged to passes for 18 yards during Toledo's 34-31 loss to Florida International.
Linsly's Chidozie Oparanozie charted six stops as Duquesne evened its record at 1-1 with a 17-7 win against Dayton.
Fellow Cadet Akil Blount caught his first taste of collegiate action during Florida A&M's loss on the road at Oklahoma. A true freshman, Blount assisted on a tackle in the 69-13 loss.
Bridgeport's Nate Maleski joined Richetti in a fine defensive effort for the Hilltoppers. Maleski charted seven tackles, including assisting on one behind the line, against VSU. Former Weir High standout Derrick Rovira recorded a sack for West Liberty.
John Marshall's Mark Sampson hauled in four passes for 28 yards and a late touchdown for Fairmont State in a 41-21 loss to Glenville St.
Beaver Local's Shawn Mercer made seven stops along with a pair of pass break ups as Grove City rolled past Anderson, 47-10.
Steubenville's Jordan McIntyre led Wooster with six receptions for 49 yards in an overtime victory against Saint Vincent's.
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