Oak Glen struggles, drops fourth straight
NEW MANCHESTER – John Marshall dominated the line of the scrimmage, and as a result the Monarchs dominated the game.
The John Marshall football team amassed nearly 300 yards of more offense than Oak Glen as the Monarchs blanked the Golden Bears, 36-0, Friday night at the Bears Den.
“It was a rough night,” second-year Oak Glen (0-4) head coach Ian Whittington said.
The Monarchs totaled 345 yards of offense on 70 plays, while the Golden Bears were only able to muster 46 yards on 34 plays.
“They controlled the line of scrimmage the whole game,” Whittington said. “They pushed us around.”
The Monarchs ran for 194 yards and four touchdowns, and John Marshall threw for 151 yards and another touchdown. The Golden Bears ran for 46 yards on 20 carries, and Oak Glen was held to zero yards through the air as the Bears failed to complete any of their 14 pass attempts.
“Our line did a nice job,” second-year John Marshall (2-1) head coach Rich Goodrich said. “We played physical. We are getting better each week. Our backs ran well. We won at the line of scrimmage.”
John Marshall scored touchdowns on its first three possessions and never looked back.
“We finished drives,” Goodrich said. “We kept drives going. We finished drives and scored touchdowns instead of punting or turning the ball over on downs. That was the key. We finished drives.”
Sophomore quarterback Noah Martin netted 151 yards through the air with one touchdown and one interception. He completed 9 of 15 passes. Martin also scored a touchdown on a 1-yard run.
Fellow sophomore Chase Gump led the way on the ground for the visitors from Marshall County. Gump ran for 74 yards and a touchdown on 15 carries.
Also for John Marshall, Alan Miller ran for 24 yards and a touchdown, Jimmy Michelucci tallied 18 yards and a touchdown and Trevor Hardesty ran for 32 yards and a 2-point conversion before leaving the game in the first half with an injury.
Lee Henry was John Marshall’s top receiver. Henry caught three passes for 74 yard, and he added a reception for a 2-point conversion. Alex Whorton hauled in a 21-yard touchdown pass.
David Campbell led the way on the ground for the Golden Bears. He rushed for 28 yards on nine carries.
Campbell, Zac Porter and Lance Collins combined to go 0-for-14 with an interception through the air. Porter, who started at quarterback, threw an interception on his first attempt of the game.
John Marshall opened the scoring when Martin hooked up with Whorton for a 21-yard score to go up 6-0. Hardesty ran for the 2-point conversion to put the visitors up 8-0 with 5:49 left to play in the quarter.
The drive covered 42 yards, and it came after the Monarchs were able to pick off a pass by Porter.
After forcing a punt on the Golden Bears’ next drive, the Monarchs drove 62 yards for another touchdown. The drive was capped by a 3-yard touchdown run by Michelucci. Henry hauled in the 2-point conversion pass from Martin, and the Monarchs increased their advantage to 16-0 with 1:22 still left to be played in the first.
Following Oak Glen’s second punt of the night, John Marshall drove 72 yards for its third touchdown of the game. Alan Miller capped the Monarchs’ march with a 2-yard touchdown run, and this time Art Litman kicked the extra point to put John Marshall ahead, 23-0, with 5:56 left to play in the second stanza.
“Oak Glen is hard to prepare because of all of the things they throw at you on defense,” Goodrich said. “They like to blitz. It was a rough week. They are a scrappy team.”
As it did in the first half, John Marshall opened the second half by scoring a touchdown on its first drive of the third quarter.
The drive covered 65 yards, and the Monarchs increased their lead when Martin scored from the 1 on a quarterback sneak. Litman’s second PAT of the night made the score 30-0 with 6:53 left to play in the third quarter.
The Monarchs wrapped up the scoring in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard run by Gump. Litman’s conversion kick was no good, but John Marshall still led 36-0 with 8:27 left to play in the game.
The drive covered 39 yards. John Marshall took possession of the ball at the Oak Glen 39 after the Monarchs forced the Golden Bears to turn the ball over on downs.
John Marshall will visit East Liverpool at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Oak Glen will travel south to play at 1:30 p.m. against Catholic Central at Harding Stadium.
The Monarchs’ game against the Potters will be John Marshall second-straight road game in a span of five-straight games on the road.
“This is where our schedule gets harder,” Goodrich said. “East Liverpool is going to be tough. East Liverpool has everyone back.”
East Liverpool has tough kids. They are scrappy. It is going to be a tight ballgame.”