MOUNDSVILLE - A pair of squandered opportunities in the first half proved to be too much for the St. John Central Fighting Irish to overcome Saturday night at Monarch Stadium.
Bishop Donahue's defense rose to the occasion twice in the first half and held the Irish scoreless and converted the second hold into a 9-play, 96-yard drive, which made it a 22-0 reading at halftime.
The Bishops (3-1) then exploded in the second half and went on to post a decisive 47-0 victory against the Irish, who drop to 2-2 on the season entering this week's road trip to Clay-Battelle.
ST. JOHN’S D.J. Shoemaker chases Bishop Donahue’s LaVonte Hampton during Saturday’s game in Moundsville. The Bishops cruised to a 47-0 victory against the Irish.
"We acted like we were in a fog tonight," said Irish rookie head coach Jason Merryman. "We've seen these formations for weeks and weeks and we just didn't make the tackles. We had too much arm tackling."
The Bishops raced out to a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Saquan Hill, who accumulated 119 rushing yards on just 10 carries, got the Bishops off and running when he scored on a 36-yard scamper. The pass for two failed.
The Irish made a mental mistake on the ensuing kickoff. They didn't field the kickoff and the Bishops pounced on the loose ball on the Green's 4.
"That play on the kickoff was certainly a big letdown for us," Merryman said.
Jordan Bonar did the rest from that point. He also ran in for the two-point conversion. For the game, Bonar finished with 40 yards rushing and 128 receiving.
After the aforementioned hold by the Bishops' defense, the lengthy drive commenced. It was capped when quarterback Jesse Padlow found Hill on a 10-yard pitch and catch. LaVonte Hampton, who ran for 121 yards on just six carries, plunged in for the two-point conversion, making it 22-0 at the break.
The all Bishop trend continued in the second half. They rang up 18 more points to stretch the margin to 40-0 entering the final chapter.
Bonar hauled in a beautiful 62-yard pass from Padlow. Hampton later scored on a pair of runs, covering 16 and 26 yards, respectively.
Early in the fourth quarter, the Bishops' avalanche continued as Brett Moore got into the scoring act when he ripped off a 51 yard touchdown run, which proved to be the final score of the game.
St. John's offense was bottled up all evening. D.J. Shoemaker ran for 32 yards on 12 carries. He completed 2-of-8 passes for 40 yards. Both completions went to Alex Francis.
The Irish had just five first downs.
St. John now has a short week to prepare for the CeeBees.
"We've seen Clay-Battelle and they're going to do the same thing as Bishop Donahue (offensively)," Merryman said. "We'll get back to work Monday."
and we'll see what we're made of."