Bishops Throttle Pilots

MOUNDSVILLE – Bishop Donahue put on a show Saturday night, with senior Lavonte Hampton doing the emceeing and playing host to the festivities against a stunned River squad.

Hampton scored three touchdowns in three different manners in the first two quarters while Jesse Padlow fired a pair of touchdown passes as the Bishops found the end zone eight times in the opening half en route to a 59-21 victory against the Pilots at Monarch Stadium.

The victory improves John Durdines’ team to 2-0 with a huge trip to Blacksville on Friday night to take on another West Virginia Class A power, Clay-Battelle. Meanwhile, River will look to celebrate its home opener with country rival Monroe Central paying a visit to Hannibal.

While River coach Mike Flannery admitted that it was going to be hard to get he whipping out of his mind, he knows his team has to move on.

“It’s hard to forget something like this, but we still have eight games left to play,” he said. “This was a nightmare from the very beginning. We didn’t tackle well, block well or execute well. But credit Bishop Donahue, they are a very good football team and they came out and did what they needed to do.”

“The first quarter was a total meltdown. And they capitalized on every mistake we made. They buried us and we were never able to swim back. I was happy that Bryce (Cross) and Jordan (Sapp) were able to get into the end zone to get rewarded for their hard work, they deserved that.”

Hampton’s night began with a 39-yard punt return to the River 9, but it turned out to be the only time in the first half the Pilots were able to stop the Bishops.