Bellaire, John Marshall play long into the night
Written by: Josh Funk on Sunday, September 6th, 2009
WHEELING, W. Va. – In a game that started more than two hours after its originally scheduled time, the Bellaire-John Marshall game was an event that could have been classified as midnight madness.
And, believe it or not, it actually was.
Bellaire (1-1) and John Marshall (0-2) combined for 76 points in a wild 44-32 affair in the fifth and final game from the Wheeling Hospital Rally in the Valley at Wheeling Island Stadium.
In the first half, neither team seemed to really want to take control of the game. The Big Reds and Monarchs battled to a 14-14 tie, until Bellaire’s Ross Fuller, using a straight-on kicking style, nailed a 36-yard field goal with :02 left to stake the red and black to a 17-14 lead.
Tyler Barnes extended the Bellaire lead to 24-14 in the second half when he returned the opening kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown.
The Monarchs countered on their ensuing possession, driving 10 plays, all runs, scoring when Stephen Varner crashed into the end zone from 5 yards out. Bellair led, 24-20.
After the two teams traded touchdowns to move the score to 30-26, Bellaire, the Big Reds used two fourth quarter touchdowns to put the game out of reach, at 44-26.
Monarch quarterback Aaron Fonner, who scored a rushing touchdown in the first half, connected on a 59-yard touchdown pass as time expired to end the scoring.
The game ended around 1:20 a.m. Sunday.
The 44-32 final score was much closer than the 2008 meeting between the two schools, when Bellaire thumped the Monarchs 42-8. Big Reds head football coach Jose Davis got his first career victory with the win.
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