Marysville’s Erryl Will (40) holds up the ball after recovering a fumble for a touchdown at Hilliard Bradley on Friday. Also pictured for the Monarchs are Cameron Jones (4), Drew Montgomery (14) and Braden Deere (20). (Journal-Tribune photo by Chad Williamson)
It’s amazing to think that a high school team that has outscored its three opponents 82-13 really isn’t yet playing its best football.
After Friday night’s 27-7 drubbing of Hilliard Bradley, Marysville coach Brent Johnson was very pleased with many phases of his team’s play, but noted there are still mistakes being made.
Those miscues, such as Friday’s two fumbles and 11 penalties for 105 yards, are keeping the Monarchs from really showing what they are capable of doing.
One of the fumbles occurred inside the Bradley 15 and was returned for the Jaguars’ only score of the night.
“We have got to clean that up,” Johnson said. “They’re just simple mistakes.”
The game found with a solution to MHS’ two-quarterback issue. Junior Brady Seger, who has been the more effective passer through the first two games, took all the snaps.
“He’s been playing well for us,” Johnson said. “It’s better for our whole team.”
Senior signal caller Ethan Musel spent the night in the Monarch defensive secondary.
“Our kids are pretty team oriented,” Johnson said, “and always will be.”
Landing on the MHS defensive unit really is more of a lateral move than a demotion. The Monarchs are allowing less than five points per game and continue to be the driving force behind one of central Ohio’s most talented teams.
“Bottom line – we’re getting it done (on defense),” Johnson said.
Marysville held a dangerous Jaguar offense to 130 total yards and eight first downs, one of which came on a penalty.
With Seger under center, Monarch fans might have expected a few more pass attempts and that was the plan, according to Johnson.
However, MHS’ success in the run game, coupled with the Jaguars sagging back in coverage, resulted in Marysville trying just four passes on the night, completing one for six yards.
The run game surged for 304 yards, as the young offensive line had its best game of the season.
Griffin Johnson paced the Monarchs with 109 yards on 17 carries and Gabe Powers added 106 and a touchdown on 12 carries. Jerry McNeil chipped in with 49 yards and Colton Powers picked up 38 and a TD.
The game did see Marysville trail for the first time this season.
Joseph Riggsby gave the Monarchs a 3-0 lead with a 30-yard field goal in the first quarter.
A couple minutes into the second stanza, Marysville mishandled a snap.
The Jaguars picked up the ball and scooted 88 yards for a touchdown.
The PAT was good and Marysville trailed for the first time this year, 7-3, with 9:21 left in the half.
Bradley’s lead was short-lived, two minutes to be exact.
Marysville marched 66 yards on the next possession to take back the lead.
Gabe Powers capped the drive with a 21-yard run on a counter up the right side for a score. Riggsby’s point after made the score 10-7 with 7:16 left in the half.
Marysville’s special teams got in on the action on the next Bradley drive.
A punt snap sailed 20 feet over the kicker’s head and that started a race for the ball.
Marysville’s Cameron Jones was going to get there first, so Bradley’s punter opted to slam into the opponent rather than going after the ball.
Erryl Will of was just behind them and picked up the ball, which was lying motionless at the 1-yard-line.
Will then stepped into the end zone.
Riggsby nailed the PAT and the Monarchs were cruising 17-7 with 5:13 left in the half.
Marysville got another field goal from Riggsby, a 32 yarder, as the last second ticked off the second quarter clock.
MHS took a 20-7 cushion heading into the half.
The third quarter saw no points, lots of penalties and only one significant event.
Bradley QB Brayden Fleharty scrambled up the middle for a short gain late in the quarter and slid on the turf, giving himself up.
A Monarch defender came in as he slid and dove over Fleharty.
The QB was clipped and the impact knocked the QB out cold. He remained on the turf even after regaining consciousness until he could be loaded on a stretcher.
The Monarchs were penalized for the hit and at that point, the game got chippy.
The Jaguars looked for paybacks and both team were hit with personal fouls.
The final score of the night came late in the contest when Gabe Powers quickly ripped off a 28-yard run to put the ball at the five-yard-line.
Colton Powers went up the gut for the score on the next play. Riggsby’s PAT closed out the scoring.
The 3-0 Monarchs will host 2-2 Westland on Friday.