ASHTON, W.Va. — The Wildcats’ final game of the season was a true uphill battle.
The Bishop Donahue football team defeated host Hannan 62-13 on Saturday afternoon at Wildcat Stadium in Mason County. The Wildcats (0-8) found themselves in a hole early against the Bishops, but the Blue and White didn’t give in when the chips were down.
Cole Berlerch put the Bishops on the board first after running the ball in for a touchdown with 9:44 left in the first quarter. After a Hannan fumble, Anthony Robbins scooped up the ball and ran it back for a 63-yard touchdown with 5:43 left in the first period to give the Bishops a 14-0 lead.
The Wildcats fumbled again on their next possession to give the visitors great field position. J.C. Custer proceeded to run the ball into the endzone to give the Bishops a 20-0 edge with 4:27 left in the first quarter. BDHS quarterback Jimmy Hull found Trey Miller in the endzone for a 12-yard touchdown to put the visitors up 26-0 after one quarter of play.
The Bishops started the second quarter with the ball, until Hull threw an interception to set the Wildcats up deep in Bishop Donahue territory. Williams kept the ball and ran it in for a one-yard touchdown to get the Blue and White on the board with 10:15 left in the first half.
Bishop Donahue responded with a nine-yard touchdown run from Hall to put the Bishops up 34-6. Hull connected with Custer for a 28-yard touchdown pass with less than four minutes to go in the second quarter. After a failed fourth down conversion from Hannan, Jacob Beyser caught a 58-yard touchdown pass from Hull to give the Bishops a 50-6 lead at halftime.
The Wildcats received the ball to start the second half. After driving the ball down to the two-yard line of Bishop Donahue, Ryan Gerlach threw an interception to Clinton Whitelatch to stall the the Hannan drive. The Wildcats defense recovered a fumble with 2:30 minutes left in the third quarter.
Gerlach kicked off the fourth quarter by running the ball in for a touchdown to make it 50-13. During the ensuing Bishop Donahue possession, Matt Wesoloski ran for a one-yard touchdown with 4:36 left in the game to give the visitors a 56-12 advantage. Hannan looked to add more points to their score, until Williams fumbled the ball. Vinny Mangino picked the ball up and ran it for a 56-yard touchdown with 3:11 left in the contest.
Gerlach was 4-of-9 passing for 68 yards with one interception and Williams was 2-of-8 for 17 yards for the Wildcats. Michael Lowe led Hannan with 13 carries for 46 yards rushing. Stephan Berry had six carries for 28 yards, while Christian Holland had two carries for 21 yards.
Aaron Taylor had three catches for 44 yards, while Holland had one catch for 21 yards for the Blue and White.
“We put up double digits against one of the best teams in the state,” Hannan coach Brian Scott said. “I thought the guys came out and played their guts out. In my opinion, they played one of their best games of the season.”
Hull was 8-of-12 passing for 185 yards, four touchdowns and one interception for the Bishops. Custer had eight carries for 69 yards, followed by Mangino with six carries for 35 yards. Miller had two catches for 45 yards for Bishop Donahue.
This was the final game for seniors Tristen McReynolds, Isaiah Burgess, Chad Withers, Calyon Turner, Aaron Coon and William Holmes.
Donald Lambert can be reached at 740-446-2342, ext. 2106