Bellaire – John Marshall Preview
Written by: Josh Funk on Monday, August 31st, 2009
The game: Bellaire (OH Div. IV, 0-1) vs. John Marshall (WV, Class “AAA”, 0-0)
When: Saturday Sept. 5, 2009 @ 8:30 p.m.
Where: Wheeling Island Stadium, Wheeling, W. Va.
About the game: Regional rivals square off in this fifth and final game of the Wheeling Hospital Rally in the Valley. Neither team had a whole lot of success in the win column last season, and just looking at the points allowed column from both teams, this one could be a high scoring affair. Or, it might not be. Bellaire crushed John Marshall 42-8 last season.
About Bellaire: The Big Reds finished the 2008 season with a 4-6 overall record, falling to Martins Ferry in their regular season finale. It was more of the same old, same old. Bellaire fell to Sheridan 40-7 to open its 2009 season, but it was an improvement in a way. Last season, Sheridan dropped a 49-spot on the Big Reds.
Bellaire allowed an average of nearly 26 points per game last season, and only held two opponents (John Marshall and Indian Creek) to single-digit points in a game.
The Big Reds are led by a pair of linemen – both of the 250-pound variety. Buddy Foster and Josh Lancione help solidify two spots on both the offensive and defensive lines for Bellaire.
Bellaire is led by first year head coach Jose Davis.
About John Marshall: Last season was a rebuilding year in every sense of the word for the Monarchs, who failed to win a single football game under then-first-year head coach Danny Wilson. How bad did it get? John Marshall was outscored an average of 42.5 to 6.2 in its 10-game season, and six opponents scored 40 points or more.
But really, rebuilding is not something too familiar with the Monarch program. The program has made 14 state playoff appearances in West Viginia’s “AAA” classification (the state’s largest class), and won a state championship in 1996. In all, 28 Division-1 football players have graduated from the Monarch football program.
Notably, John Marshall is also the alma mater of country music singer Brad Paisley.
The Monarchs are led by a pair of running back/linebackers, Stefan Varner and Kody Fisher.
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