Bishops bulldoze Hannan, 44-0

By Alex Hawley -

MOUNDSVILLE, W.Va. — Somethings in life are worth the wait, this certainly wasn’t one of those things.

In a game that was originally scheduled for September 9, but moved to this past Friday night, the Hannan football dropped a 44-0 decision to host Bishop Donahue, at Monarch Stadium in McMechen County.

The Bishops (4-1) needed just 19 seconds to score the game’s first touchdown, as Jimmy Hull found Anthony Robbins for a 20-yard passing score. Gage Wilson added the point-after kick to give the hosts a 7-0 lead.

Less than four minutes later, BDHS scored again, this time on a 29-yard pass from Hull to Trey Miller. The point-after kick was blocked by Hannan (1-4), but the Bishops led 13-0 with 8:16 left in the opening stanza.

Bishop Donahue’s first quarter scoring wasn’t done, however, as senior Jacob Beyser scored on a 13-yard run, with 16 seconds left in the period.

The Bishops went ahead 25-0 at the 7:26 mark of the second period, when Hull found Wilson for a 20-yard scoring pass. Logan Wells got in on the action for BDHS with a 23-yard TD run, with 3:08 left in the first half. Wilson was 1-of-2 on second quarter PAT kicks, giving the hosts a 32-0 lead at halftime.

BDHS scored one touchdown in each of the final two quarters, as Hull connected with Miller for a 35-yard TD pass in the third, and Douglas Clark found paydirt on a two-yard run in the fourth. The third quarter PAT kick was missed, while the hosts elected to kneel down in the fourth, capping off the 44-0 victory.

The Bishops posted a 22-to-2 advantage in first downs and outgained Hannan 366-to-11 in total offense. BDHS had 199 rushing yards and 167 passing yards, while the Wildcats marked 35 yards through the air and minus-24 yards on the ground.

Both teams turned the ball over once, with Hannan being intercepted and BDHS losing a fumble. HHS was penalized four times for a total of 25 yards, while the hosts didn’t commit a penalty.

Hannan sophomore Matt Qualls was 4-of-16 passing for 25 yards, while D.C. Janicker led the guests on the ground with eight yards on two carries. Aaron Turner ran twice for a total of three yards, while hauling in one pass for 10 yards. Michael Lowe led all HHS receivers with 21 yards on two grabs, while Chandler Starkey caught one four-yard pass.

Hull finished with 167 yards and four touchdowns on 9-of-13 passing, while rushing once for 20 yards. Wells led the hosts on the ground with 58 yards on five tries, followed by Miller with 38 yards on three rushes and Clinton Whitelatch with 29 yards on three attempts. Miller led all pass catchers with four receptions, 79 yards and two scores.

Next, Hannan will return to Ashton where it hosts Phelps, while Bishop Donahue will cross the river to face Steubenville Catholic.

Alex Hawley can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2100.

By Alex Hawley