OV connection sparks Muskingum in defeat

An Ohio Valley connection resulted in Muskingum’s lone touchdown in the Muskies 13-6 overtime loss to Ohio Atheltic Conference rival Baldwin Wallace.

Former St. John Central signalcaller Jerry Manukin has been thrust into duty this season.

Trailing Baldwin Wallace 3-0 during the first quarter, Manukin instrumented a scoring drive that resulted in a 17-yard touchdown strike to Wes Rataiczak.

Like Manukin, Rataiczak is another OVAC product, hailing from Shenandoah.

Manukin was actually on a roll, connecting of 6 of his 9 passes for 50 yards with the touchdown.

His afternoon was cut short, however, when Manukin went down with a knee injury before the end of the first half.

Rataiczak led the Muskies in receiving with three catches for 45 yards.

Defensively, St. Clairsville’s Jake Antolak totaled five tackles for Muskingum.

This was Manukin’s first start and second game played of the season. In two games, he was 10 of 16 for 78 yards and the one touchdown. Manukin was completing 62 percent of his passes, owning an efficiency rating of 124.07.

Division I

Steubenville’s Shaq Petteway charted four tackles, assisting on a stop behind the line, as West Virginia remained unbeaten with a win against Maryland.

Steubenville’s Dwight Macon snagged two passes for 10 yards as Toledo took down Coastal Carolina.

Linsly’s Chidozie Oparanozie had his best statistical game during his collegiate career. Oparanozie, playing linebacker for Duquesne, charted 13 tackles, including nine solo stops, as the Dukes took down Bryant.

Division II

Martins Ferry’s Marco Richetti totaled four stops and intercepted a pass, returning it 13 yards in West Liberty’s narrow loss to Fairmont St. Bridgeport’s Nate Maleski had four tackles, two for a loss including a sack for the ‘Toppers.

Brooke’s Brian Spruill assisted Maleski with three tackles, two of which were sacks.

Division III

East Liverpool’s Willie Leavell made the biggest play of his young career for Waynesburg.

With his team trailing 10-7 against then No. 23 Thomas More late in the fourth, Leavell busted through the line as the Saints attempted to punt.

Leavell not only blocked the punt, but fielded the loose ball and raced 18 yards for a touchdown. Leavell added a tackle to go with his game-winning touchdowns.

Beaver Local’s Shawn Mercer had five tackles and one interception returned 22 yards for Grove City in a 44-40 come-from-behind win against Bethany. Linsly’s Phil Acrie led the Bison in rushing with 33 yards on eight carries while adding 21 yards receiving on two receptions.

East Liverpool’s Ethan Ludwig totaled nine tackles in Thiel’s 17-0 loss to Washington & Jefferson.

Hughes may be reached at mhughes@timesleader-online.com