FPS staff report
August 31, 2009
Malvern 45, Lowellville 7
The Hornets’ Marcus Johnson returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and the Hornets rolled from there in their opening game of the season for both teams at Lowellville.
Malvern ended with 239 yards on the ground with Johnson leading the way with 92 yards on 16 carries plus a pair of touchdowns. Johnson scored on runs of 15 and seven yards. Senior Tyler Crawford also had a pair of touchdown runs of one and four yards. Senior quarterback Doug Wood ran for one score of 11 yards and also threw a scoring toss to Nick Palleschi of 13 yards. Wood connected on 5-of-9 passes for 74 yards.
The Hornet defense forced five Lowellville turnovers and allowed just 11 yards rushing and just 64 yards of total offense.
The lone Lowellville score came on a 65-yard punt return.
Malvern will host Waterloo Friday night in its home opener.
Minerva 44, United Local 24
|D. J. Marrah
The Lions trailed 21-18 at halftime, but roared back in the second half by outscoring the Golden Eagles 26-7 for the win last Friday night in the season opener for both teams at United Local.
Junior quarterback D. J. Marrah threw three touchdown passes and finished the night hitting 16-of-26 passes for 188 yards. He also rushed for 62 yards and a pair of touchdowns on runs of 29 and three yards.
Junior running back Drew Prendergast also had a huge game for the Lions with 150 yards on 17 carries and touchdown runs of two and seven yards. He also added three receptions for 36 yards, including a touchdown catch of 35 yards. Junior Jeremy Fick hauled in a scoring pass of 11 yards and senior James Hiles of seven yards.
United quarterback Josh McLaughlin hit 19-of-36 passes for 269 yards and four touchdowns.
Minerva held a 450-352 advantage in total yards.
The Lions will host St. Thomas Aquinas Friday night.
Rittman 27, Conotton Valley 0
The Rittman Indians broke a 29-game losing streak with their shutout win over the Rockets Saturday afternoon at Conotton Valley.
The Indians led 7-0 at halftime, but scored 20 unanswered points in the second half.
Brandon Bauman scored two rushing touchdowns for the Indians on runs of 7 and 59 yards. Quarterback Dustin Sharer added a 35-yard scoring toss to Devan Turbeville. Turbeville also returned an interception 65 yards for a score.
Sophomore quarterback Shawn Bell rushed 13 times for 47 yards to lead the Rockets.
The Rockets will be at Bishop Rosecrans Friday night.
Indian Valley 28, Sandy Valley 14
Indian Valley quarterback Adam Mizer ran for a touchdown and threw for three to lead the Braves to the non-league win at Magnolia.
The game was delayed Friday night due to lightning and completed Saturday morning.
Matt Wheeler was on the receiving end of two of Mizer’s touchdown passes, 27 and 26 yards.
Dakota Sentz led the Brave rushers with 103 yards on 23 carries. Mizer added 14 carries for 66 yards and a touchdown run of four yards.
For the Cardinals, quarterback Cody Welker connected with John Frazier from 15-yards out for a score and Chris Williams scored on a three-yard run.
Passing, Welker hit 13-of-27 passes for 203 yards.