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Turquoise and blanked: Steubenville shuts out Woodland Hills

Written by: on Saturday, September 5th, 2009

WHEELING, W. Va. – For the 705th time in program history, the Steubenville Big Red celebrated a victory.  For the third time, it celebrated a victory over Woodland Hills.


But, perhaps most impressively, for the 321st time, Steubenville won via the shutout.  Opponent goose eggs account for over 45 percent of Big Red.


Steubenville (2-0) shut down Woodland Hills (0-1) 13-0 from the Rally in the Valley at Wheeling Island Stadium.


Early on, it was a war of attrition.


Both teams battled through a scoreless first quarter.  Things looked bleak for Steubenville early on as dynamic quarterback Dwight Macon left the game on the second play from scrimmage with an injury, which he described as a slightly separated shoulder.  Even so, the turquoise and black couldn’t capitalize while the Big Red was without its leader.


“In 27 years, I’ve never had a team fight through injuries and the heat (like these guys) said Big Red head man Reno Sacciocca.  “They just did a great job.


“The head coach is the boss.  The kids are the leaders,” Sacciocca continued.


Steubenville appeared to grab hold of the momentum in the second quarter.  Macon, who returned to the game to start the period, hit Shaq Pettaway with a 66-yard pass down to the Wolverines’ 8 yard line, but the drive stalled. 


Two critical plays, a dropped touchdown pass by Dan Bayne, and a botched muddle-huddle play on fourth-and-goal lost 15 yards, and the threat was ended.


Woodland Hills nearly bailed Steubenville out of a crisis situation later on in the second.  A bad snap on the punt left the Big Red booter running for his life.  He got off a short line drive, which bounced off a Woodland Hills defender. 


After a mad scrum and a referee conference, the Wolverines came away with possession.  But the good field position (the drive began at the Steubenville 41), ended on a failed fourth-down screen pass.


Given new life, Steubenville didn’t waste Woodland Hills’ turnover on downs.


Steubenville finally broke the scoreless tie with :17 left in the half.  Macon found Trey Wiggins behind the Woodland Hills’ defense for a 21-yard scoring pass, capping an 8-play, 63-yard drive. 


That 7-0 score held up entering halftime, as Yezovich was intercepted as time expired.


Macon hit another touchdown pass to open the second half – this a 22-yard rainbow to backup quarterback Jordan Meyer.  Steubenville led, 13-0.


Woodland Hills failed three fourth down conversion attempts in the second half – two inside the Steubenville 20 yard line. 


It was the story of the game for Woodland Hills, which seemed to be so close, and yet so far away, from ever sniffing the end zone against the Big Red defense.  The Wolverines were held to just 172 yards of offense, and their passing game, which finished 7-of-24 for 72 yards, was rendered non-existent.


“We always try to schedule the best team that we can play in the opener,” said longtime Wolverine boss George Novak, a 231-game winner.  “Reno’s one of the best coaches in Ohio.  His team is very disciplined.”


On the flip side, Woodland Hills’ defense was very good, holding the Big Red to 245 yards of offense and 12 first downs.  As a team, Steubenville averaged only 2.06 yards per carry.


Macon finished with 138 passing yards and 17 rushing yards, easily Steubenville’s offensive stat leader.


Syracuse-bound Dom Timbers, the Wolverines’ feature tailback, finished the game with 57 rushing yards on 18 carries.


Steubenville also defeated Woodland Hills twice in the middle-1990s, by scores of 40-8 and 14-10, respectively.  The average score of a WH-Steubenville game is 22-6.

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One Response to “Turquoise and blanked: Steubenville shuts out Woodland Hills”

  1. Mark Thompson says:

    I recall a few years back when the OVAC played WPIAL powerhouses on the same weekend. Steubenville beat Woodland hills, Buckeye Local
    (Rayland,Ohio) defeated Upper St.Clair at USC, and
    Brooke ( Wellsburg,West Virginia )toppled Mt. Lebanon. During the weeks leading up to this trifecta, many WPIAL pundits like Mark Malone said these out of state teams weren’t worthy of being on the same field. Love seeing elitist eat humble pie!

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