Collaros hopeful to be back for a bowl game

It was far from the ending Steubenville’s Zach Collaros was looking for to his season.

And it still may not be the end, but the broken ankle Collaros suffered during the second quarter of Saturday’s 24-21 Bearcats’ loss to West Virginia signaled the end of his playing days in Cincy at least during the regular season.

Reports indicated Collaros had successful surgery Monday to repair his right ankle and depending on the healing process, he may be able to go for the Bearcats’ bowl game.

Against West Virginia, Cincy entered the game with a Top 25 ranking, an undefeated mark in the Big East and a boatload of momentum.

That all came crashing down first when Collaros went out with an injury and second, when a potential game-tying field goal was blocked by WVU with just seconds remaining.

Collaros finished 7 of 11 for 70 yards and was in the negative for rushing before being carted off.

Munchie Legaux came in for Collaros, throwing for 144 yards and adding 89 yards and a score on the ground.

It was Legaux who will be tasked with facing Rutgers (3-2 in the Big East) on Saturday. The Scarlet Knights have the conference’s top-rated defense.

Beaver Local’s Derek Wolfe continued his strong play last Saturday, finishing with five tackles, including 2 for a loss against the Mountaineers.

Division II

The season many in Hilltopper country would like to forget came to an end last Saturday as West Liberty fell on the road to UNC-Pembroke.

Martins Ferry’s Marco Richetti capped a fine season with nine tackles and in interception for the ‘Toppers. Richetti, a sophomore, was named Special Honorable Mention on the all-WVIAC team.

Buckeye Local’s Isaac Omaits, who five tackles and a pair of sacks Saturday, was named second-team all-WVIAC, as was Wheeling Park’s Alec Wood at linebacker. Wood totaled two stops against Pembroke.

Division III

The regular-season ending showdown between No. 2 Mount Union and homestanding Muskingum turned out to be a one-sided affair as the Purple Raiders rolled 28-0, largely because of the passing of Matt Piloto, who threw for 322 yards and three scores.

Martins Ferry’s Jeremy Murray, the primary ground threat for the Purple, was held to 74 yards on 21 carries and was kept out of the end zone.

Barnesville’s Dalton Smith didn’t fare much better for the Muskies.

The catalyst for Muskingum’s offense all season, the quarterback had his worst outing statistically as a starter, going 14 of 29 for 92 yards and zero touchdowns. Smith was also intercepted twice and was held to negative-2 yards on the ground.

The only local player to have a successful game statistically was Cambridge’s James Beatty, who finished second in tackles with 11 to go with one forced fumble and a fumble recovery for the Muskies.

Muskingum finishes the season at 4-6 after starting the 2011 campaign with a 4-0 record and a lot of promise. Mount Union, meanwhile, will take its spotless record into the Division III postseason.

– Buckeye Local’s Spencer McKim and Steubenville Central’s Brian DeFranco each posted four tackles respectively for Waynesburg and Washington & Jefferson as the Presidents won a narrow 24-21 contest.

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