Monarch gridders will head to Findlay with hopes of going to 3-0 on season


Marysville senior running back Chase Kilgore batters Delaware Hayes defensive players Friday evening.The Monarchs will look to go to 3-0 with Friday’s game at Findlay High School.

(Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)

Although the Marysville Monarchs have played away from home the past two weeks, they will go on their first official road trip of the 2019 season on Friday.

The Monarchs will take their 2-0 record into the game at Findlay High School against the 0-2 Trojans.

“Our contract with Olentangy Liberty was up for the third week of the season,” said Marysville head coach Brent Johnson. “We wanted to play someone outside of the Ohio Capital Conference, but someone who is still in our Division I region.

“Findlay was open for the third week and we grabbed them.”

The Monarchs have played home games out of town during their first two games of the 2019 season.

They hosted Columbus Northland at Olentangy High School a couple of weeks ago and traveled to Hilliard Bradley last week to face the Pacers.

This week, MHS has a road game in the truest sense.

“We need to handle a long trip (approximately 90 minutes) to play at Findlay,” said Johnson. “We’re really going to be away from home on Friday.”

The Trojans will run the spread offense with 2 x 2 and 3 x 1 receiver looks and an empty backfield.

The unit is guided by quarterback Garit Krupp.

“He’s a very good athlete and started on the basketball team last year as a freshman,” said Johnson. “They want him to be a runner because that’s what his strength is.

“However, they also have a tailback (Moses Gaines) who runs hard, but they like to balance things out between the pass and run.”

Johnson said the key to Marysville’s defensive unit will be whether it can contain Krupp.

“He will scramble, just like Delaware’s quarterback did last week,” he said. “We’re going to  have to keep him in the pocket.”

The Monarch boss said he saw improved downhill play last Friday from linebackers Luke Harper (MIKE) and Gabe Powers (SAM).

“That’s what we will need to have against Findlay,” said Johnson.

The coach also liked what he saw in the improved play of safety Ashton Schmutz and z-back Jayden Simmons.

The Monarchs will throw a deep offensive backfield against the Trojans’ 4-4 (with a cover three) defensive alignment.

Chase Kilgore rushed for more than 200 yards against Delaware Hayes last week.

The Trojans, however, can’t simply key on Kilgore, what with added weapons Ryan Kern and Simmons on the field.

Johnson also felt that quarterback Nathan Morey played well.

“Nathan made good decisions and handled the adversity well when he got hit,” said the coach.

Perhaps the biggest improvement that Johnson saw was in what he called the Monarchs’ four-minute defense.

“Delaware had us on our heels late in the first half, but we held,” said Johnson. “We didn’t do that well last year against them.

“We got the ball to start the second half and went right down and scored last week,” he said.   

Johnson said Findlay compares with the type of OCC squads the Monarchs face on a yearly basis.

As such, he knows what his team will have to do on Friday.

“We are going to have to be sound fundamentally, just like when we play OCC teams,” he said. “It’s going to be critical for us to get off to a fast start like we’ve done the past two weeks and get into a rhythm right away.

“We know that Findlay is going to get first downs,” said Johnson. “We just  have to be patient when that happens.

“We also have to play a physical game and make them earn everything they get.”

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