Steubenville defeats Woodland Hills, 13-0

Turnovers cost Wolverines in loss

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WHEELING, W.Va. -- Steubenville medical personnel gave Dwight Macon a shot in his left shoulder early in the game to help deaden the pain from a partially separated shoulder.

Then Macon went out and gave Steubenville a big shot in the arm.

Macon, Steubenville's standout senior quarterback, came back from the injury and gave Woodland Hills' defense several shots to the midsection. Macon's play helped Steubenville defeat Woodland Hills, 13-0, in the Rally in the Valley.

The game was part of the five-game event held at Wheeling Island Stadium and was the season opener for Woodland Hills. Steubenville is 2-0 and the win stretched the Big Red's regular-season winning streak to 62 games. Steubenville's last regular-season loss was in 2002.

Macon, who had more than 6,000 yards offense coming into this season, missed all but two plays of the first quarter. On the first play of the game, he gained 14 yards, but felt discomfort in his shoulder after being tackled. After an incomplete pass, he wobbled to the sideline.

Steubenville coach Reno Saccoccia said, "They gave him a shot of steroids and it made him, bigger, faster and stronger."

That comment was certainly tongue-in-cheek, but Macon (6 feet, 200 pounds) did seem, at times, as if he was on a different level than everyone else. He re-entered the game in the second quarter, and finished 6 of 12 for 138 yards. He threw two touchdown passes.

Macon finished with only 18 yards rushing, due to some sacks. But he used his running and scrambling ability to make key plays.

"You saw the difference in the game. It was No. 17," said Woodland Hills coach George Novak, in reference to Macon. "He made plays. Two years ago, Reno said to me, 'We'll play you guys when this kid is a senior.'"

The game was still scoreless late in the first half when Macon made a big play. With no timeouts, Steubenville faced a fourth-and-10 at the Woodland Hills 21. Macon dropped back, ran to his left and found Trey Wiggins in the end zone for a touchdown with 17 seconds left.

"When he went out of the game [in the first half], I thought the game was going to be even," Novak said.

Macon struck again on Steubenville's first possession of the second half. On third-and-10, he hit Jordan Meyer in the back of the end zone for a 22-yard touchdown pass.

The Wolverines turned the ball over on downs at the Steubenville 10, 16 and 20 and had only 118 yards rushing. Dom Timbers, a Syracuse recruit, was held to 56 yards on 18 attempts. Quarterback John Yezovich finished 7 of 24 for 73 yards.




Mike White can be reached at mwhite@post-gazette.com or 412-263-1975.


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