By DAVE MORRISON
The last time Greenbrier West met Madonna, the Blue Dons were undefeated and led by Kennedy Award runner-up Ross Comis.
That was in the championship game in Wheeling, and Madonna was able to finish off an undefeated, state championship season with a 24-14 victory on the Island.
The stakes aren’t a state championship, but they are the right to keep playing for a title.
The two meet for the first time since that state championship game – a game that not many thought could stay in the game, much less win, until they did – tonight at 7:30 p.m. in Charmco.
There are similarities to that meeting.
This time it’s the Cavaliers who come into the game with an undefeated record, running out to an 8-0 mark. Their games, like Madonna’s that season, have been routs, only one team, Petersburg, coming within 20 points.
The team has given up 84 points total while averaging 50.8 per contest. Greenbrier West has given up just 32 in the last five games. Madonna in 2013 averaged 46.2 per game and never gave up over 20 points in the regular season.
More important today is Madonna comes in with a 6-2 mark.
He isn’t exactly Ross Comis (who passed for 1,688 yards and 22 touchdowns, rushed for 1,942 yards and 35 touchdowns and somehow lost the Kennedy Award to Chazzy Thomas of Morgantown, who rushed for 2,108 yards and 30 TDs) but Santino Arlia has passed for 2,043 yards and 26 touchdowns. He is 110 of 212 passing. Jordan Waterhouse has 1,005 rush yards and 13 touchdowns.
Greenbrier West has one of the deepest offensive squads in the state, the rushing attack led by Noah Brown and his 905 yards and 16 touchdowns. He has been joined this year by the likes of Levi Weikle (60-430-3), quarterback Kaiden Pack (62-359-6), Cole McClung (31-291-8).
Quarterback Pack has thrown for 870 yards and 10 touchdowns. Lawson Vaughan has led the receiver corps with 17 receptions for 299 and five touchdowns.
Again it’s all been done in eight games.
The only thing that has slowed the Cavaliers juggernaut is the coronavirus.
West has been idle since beating Sherman 41-14 on Oct. 23.