WHEELING, W.Va. - It wasn't exactly a Lou Gehrig speech, but there is no doubt Madonna Coach Doug Taylor considers himself a lucky man.
He may not be the luckiest man in the world, but he certainly would be up there with the luckiest among his West Virginia coaching colleagues.
If ever a coach and a quarterback were meant for each other it is Taylor and senior quarterback Ross Comis.
They benefited each other - they won the Class A state championship and Comis was named the captain of the All-State team as selected by the West Virginia Sports Writers Association.
"You know, Madonna was always known as a smash-mouth, run-it-up-the-gut, physical team, pound the ball," Taylor said. "I joke with Ross all the time. I tell him I don't know if it was lucky for him that I came here and brought this offense or if it's lucky for me that I found a quarterback like him here.
"Honestly, I think I am the lucky one."
No doubt Comis has benefited from Taylor's offensive philosophy.
The 6-foot-2, 215-pound quarterback rushed for 2,037 yards and 35 touchdowns, which is a state record for quarterback rushing yards. Comis has also passed for 1,731 yards and 22 touchdowns.
Comis, a utility selection because of his versatility, was named captain two days after the Blue Dons 24-14 victory against Greenbrier West in the Class A championship game at Wheeling Island Stadium,
Comis, the first-team quarterback last year, finished his career with 4,839 yards rushing and 71 touchdowns - the state record for both categories - and passed for 4,416 yards and 49 touchdowns in his career.
His 9,255 total offensive yards leads all active players as do his 121 touchdowns overall (rush, pass, interception return).
"It's nice to be named to the first team again, and to be named the captain makes it even better," Comis said. "It's a credit to all these guys and what we've been through, trying to get back to the state championship. To win it is more than I can describe. To be honored like that is because of my teammates."
Comis was joined on the first team by teammates Eliott Nero (running back), Josh Martin (offensive line) and Will Bowser (defensive back).
Nero rushed for 1,858 yards and 27 touchdowns (36 overall), Martin made headlines as a 7-foot, 2-inch two-way lineman and Bowser had two touchdown receptions and five tackles in the state championship game.
Bishop Donahue's Jesse Padlow was named the quarterback of the first team.
Padlow led the state in passing yards with 2,468 yards on 153-of-264 completions with 24 touchdowns and five interceptions in leading the Bishops to the quarterfinal round of the playoffs.
Other running backs selected were Meadow Bridge's Jake Parker (283 carries, 2505 yards and 33 touchdowns), who led the state in rushing for the second year in a row, and Magnolia's Drew Keller (283-11,832-22), whose team lost in the state semifinals to Greenbrier West.
Along with Martin, first-team offensive linemen were Noah Schultz of St. Marys, Cole Seckman of Magnolia, Isaac Britton of Doddridge County and Wesley Harrison of Wahama.
The wide receivers were Gilmer County's Austin Ratliff (68-875-6) and Bishop Donahue's Lavonte Hampton (45-723-11).