Marysville’s Jake Carper (28) and Gabe Powers (36) get ready to pounce on a Northland fumble in this file photo. The Monarchs, who fell at Findlay last Friday, will look to get back on the winning track with this week’s game at Grove City.
(Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)
The Marysville Monarchs had what had to be considered one of the most difficult Friday nights for any local high school football team in recent memory.
Not only did MHS have to make a 90-minute trip to play at Findlay, but the game was delayed by more than 2 ½ hours due to weather conditions.
The game didn’t end until 12:30 a.m. on Saturday and to make matters even worse, the Monarchs lost their first game of the season, 21-7.
Marysville head coach Brent Johnson agreed his team faced a lot of adversity as it slipped to 2-1 on the season.
He did, however, find some encouragement just a matter of hours after the contest ended.
“The guys came in Saturday (for films) and were ready to go for Grove City (where the Monarchs will play on Friday),” said Johnson.
“They are anxious to get the bad taste of Friday’s loss out of their mouths.”
When the Monarchs line up against the Greyhounds (1-2), it will look like they are staring at themselves in the mirror.
“We watched tapes and saw they are just like us both on offense and defense,” said Johnson.
Grove City uses the Wing T offense out of the pistol formation, just like the Monarchs.
“Their running back (Jevin Yors) is similar to Chase (Kilgore),” said Johnson. “He runs power and buck well out of the Wing T and we have to take him away from the offense.
“They also have a fullback (David Jordan) who is a downhill guy and who runs very hard.”
Just like the Monarchs, the Greyhounds like to establish their running game and then throw the ball when the opportunity presents itself.
“They will run some waggle and sprint outs, just like we do,” said Johnson. “They will also show us some option looks with their quarterback (Jared Knight), who is a threat.”
A good deal of work stopping the Greyhounds’ offense will fall to the Monarch linebackers.
“Our linebackers will have to read their guards and get penetration to stop their running attack,” said Johnson. “They run behind a nice-sized offensive line.”
The Greyounds will employ a 4-3 defense that is a carbon copy of the one used by the Monarchs.
“They will walk up an outside linebacker to make it look like a five-man front,” said Johnson. “They’re going to load the box and try to take away our running game.
“I think our offensive line, though, will be all right.”
The Monarch coach said his offensive unit must eliminate the mistakes it made against Findlay.
“We had 11 penalties for 102 yards,” said Johnson. “We had some nice plays that were called back.
“We’ve got to eliminate those mistakes and stay on schedule,” he said. “We’ve got to finish drives.
“We scored points a lot of points (84) during the first two games,” said Johnson. “However, I think we left points on the field against Findlay.
“We are going to have to win first downs on both sides of the ball,” he said. “We can’t give up yardage to them on first down and we have to get into second-and-four type of situations by moving the ball.”