Madonna beats Greenbrier West for Class A title
WHEELING -- Ross Comis threw for two touchdowns and ran for another, leading Madonna to a 24-14 win over Greenbrier West in the Class A championship game Saturday night.
Top-seeded Madonna (14-0) won the third title in school history and atoned for an overtime loss to Wahama last year. The Blue Dons also were state champions in 2009 and 1987.
Seventh-seeded Greenbrier West (12-2) lost in its first trip to the title game since 1991.
Comis scored from 1 yard out in the first quarter. He threw TD passes of 42 and 34 yards to Will Bowser in the third quarter for a 21-7 lead.
Cory Cox and Malik Boatwright had short scoring runs for Greenbrier West.
Comis completed 5 of 7 passes for 123 yards and ran 35 times for 129 yards. His two TD passes tied a Class A championship game record shared by nine others.
Bowser had three catches for 90 yards. His two TD catches tied a mark shared with five others.
Cox finished with 47 yards on nine carries. Boatwright rushed 25 times for 38 yards.
In last year's 43-42 title-game loss to Wahama, Comis ran for five scores and threw for a sixth.
After punting on its first offensive series, Madonna drove 82 yards in 11 plays for the game's first points. Comis capped the drive with a quarterback sneak with 2:47 left in the first quarter.
The Cavaliers answered with a 15-play, 70-yard drive but were unable to put points on the board after a missed 22-yard field from Derek Coryell with 7:36 remaining in the first half.
Madonna tried an onside kick to start the third quarter, but Eliot Nero caught the kick before it touched the ground and was flagged for a 15-yard illegal touching penalty, although the ball appeared to cross the 10-yard threshold.
Madonna rekicked from its own 25, and Greenbrier West started its drive at the Blue Dons 46. Six plays later, Cox ran it in from 3 yards out to knot the score at 7-7.
Comis and Bowser combined for long scoring pass plays on consecutive series to put Madonna ahead 21-7.
Boatwright's 1-yard TD run capped Greenbrier West's scoring with 10:03 left in the fourth quarter.
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The Associated Press' co-offensive player of the year tied the Division I state championship record for rushing touchdowns.
He threw for 273 yards and rushed for 189.
Moeller (14-1) won its second consecutive title and ninth overall.
MARION LOCAL 33, TRIMBLE 0: Adam Bertke threw for a touchdown and ran for two more scores to lead Maria Stein Marion Local to its third consecutive state title in Division VII.
The Flyers (15-0) became the seventh school in Ohio High School Athletic Association history to win three or more consecutive titles.
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Hoying, a cousin of former Ohio State standouts Bobby Hoying and Ross and Adam Homan, scored on runs of 9, 3 and 32 yards.
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McKee threw two touchdown passes for Scott County (15-0). Scott hauled in both scores from McKee and finished with six catches for 53 yards.
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Byrd ran for touchdowns of 73 yards and 6 yards while finishing the day with 142 rushing yards. He caught a 30-yard touchdown pass from Nathan Roush.
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Becherer entered the game to throw the winning TD pass only after quarterback Lawson Page lost his helmet and had to sit out a play.