Thompson makes big catch for Waynesburg

WAYNESBURG – Bernie Thompson played in just one game as a freshman for the Waynesburg Yellowjackets. He failed to make a catch.

Through three games as a sophomore, Thompson has only three receptions, but his third one was a biggie.

Thompson hauled in a 13-yard scoring strike from Waynesburg QB Tyler Fatigante that proved to be the deciding touchdown in a 35-14 win against Saint Vincent in a Presidents’ Athletic Conference opener on the road in Loretta, Pa.

Thompson finished with two receptions for 20 yards, but also made an impact in the return game.

He fielded three punts and finished with 49 return yards, including a lengthy 35-yard return in the fourth quarter that brought the ball deep in St. Vincent’s territory.

Thompson playing time is increasing and along with it, his trust level with the senior Fatigante, who like Thompson, is seeing his first major action of his collegiate career.

Standing 5-foot-8 and weighing a robust 150 pounds, Thompson utilizes his stature and speed to find openings in the secondary. It’s a technique he’s perfected since his days in Morristown where he set a Union Local record with 106 receptions as a senior.

In two-plus years on the varsity level, Thompson caught 192 passes for 1,854 yards and 11 touchdowns, finishing just shy of 1,000 yards as a senior with 982 yards.

Division I

  • Steubenville’s Shaq Petteway had five tackles, good for a tie for fourth-highest on the team, in West Virginia’s romp against James Madison. On offense, Weirton Madonna’s Connor Arlia hauled in a pass for 14 yards. That reception was the sophomore’s first collegiate catch.
  • Linsly’s Chidozie Oparanozie had one solo tackle and four assists, including a sack, as Duquesne recovered from an early 17-7 deficit to defeat Valparaiso 45-17.

Division II

  • Martins Ferry’s Marco Richetti had seven tackles at West Liberty improved to 2-1 overall with a 33-16 win against W.Va. Wesleyan. Weir’s Derrick Rovira assisted on a sack while Bridgeport’s Nate Maleski had two tackles and one reception for three yards.
  • John Marshall’s Mark Sampson led Fairmont State with three receptions for 87 yards, including a 44-yard hookup in the Fighting Falcons 24-17 overtime loss to Bowie State.
  • Big Red’s Mark Markakis had three stops in Ohio Dominican’s 47-7 drubbing of Northern Michigan.

Division III

  • Beaver Local’s Shawn Mercer had four stops in Grove City’s narrow loss to PAC rival Washington & Jefferson.
  • East Liverpool’s Ethan Ludwig had another big game for Thiel, charting 10 stops, including one for a loss, as the Tomcats beat Geneva 21-14.
  • St. John Central’s Jerry Manukin had a rough go of it for Muskingum in a 57-0 loss to Mount Union. Manukin was 4 of 7 for 28 yards and finished with 11 yards on 15 carries. He did rip off a 22-yard gainer. Shenandoah’s Wes Rataiczak had one catch for 15 yards as the Muskies managed only 59 yards of total offense against the vaunted Purple Raiders’ defense.

St. Clairsville’s Jake Antolak had three tackles, including 1 for a loss with a forced fumble for Muskingum defensively.