Buchtel blows past Wheeling Central Catholic
Written by: Josh Funk on Saturday, September 5th, 2009
WHEELING, W. Va. – Prior to the start of his team’s game, Akron-Buchtel head coach Ricky Powers said that he was very, very nervous. Funny that such a comment would come from a coach who was a former Michigan running back playing before tens of thousands of fans each and every week.
Once things got rolling, though, Buchtel showed no nerves. They were downright dominant.
The Griffins (1-1) ran for 312 of their over 420 yards of offense, and held Wheeling Central Catholic (1-1) to just over 200 yards of total offense in a 50-17 thumping of the Maroon Knights at the Wheeling Hospital Rally in the Valley from Wheeling Island Stadium.
Demarquis Owens stole the show for Buchtel. So did John Coleman. And quarterback Stephen Parker wasn’t too bad, either.
Wheeling Central jumped to a 3-0 lead on a 35-yard field goal just over four minutes into the game. But that was just about the only time things went right for the Maroon Knights, who lost for just the eighth time under head coach Mike Young.
Buchtel reeled off the next 19 points – Coleman got the scoring started with a 4-yard run; Owens scored his first touchdown of the day on a 1-yard run; Owens then added a 21-yard run with 9:53 left in the first half.
Owens’ third touchdown – a 72-yard jaunt – pushed the lead to 25-10 midway through the second quarter.
Central Catholic ended Buchtel’s 19-point spurt at the 8:32 mark of the second quarter with a Jordan Sorge 12-yard run, Sorge later added a 16-yard run to slice the Griffin lead to 25-17 with 2:57 left in the half.
Wheeling’s backs were broken right before halftime. Quarterback Zach Hood’s pass over the middle was picked off by Coleman and returned 70 yards for a touchdown, giving Buchtel a 31-17 lead.
Coleman opened the second half with a 78-yard touchdown run, pushing the lead to 37-17. Parker added an 8-yard scoring run, and Earnest Moore capped the scoring when he recovered a blocked punt in the end zone.
Owens finished with a game-high 147 yards on 15 carries. Coleman finished with 96 yards and three total touchdowns (two rushing). Parker threw for 113 yards and added 42 yards on the ground.
Hood led the way for the Knights, accumulating 59 yards rushing and 74 yards passing. Paul Henry added 44 yards on five carries for the Maroon Knights, who were held to just 140 yards rushing on 39 carries.
Buchtel outgained Wheeling Central Catholic 425-244 in total offense.
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