Running back Chris Coburn of the Marysville High School football team was just trying for a first down. He got that and more - a 17-yard touchdown for the decisive points as the Monarchs beat Westerville Central 26-23 in overtime last Friday.

"We got good blocking on the outside that let me get free," said Coburn, whose team improved to 4-2 overall and 1-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division as Central dropped to 0-6 and 0-3. "Bryan Barrett and Hayes Chrispin opened things up for me."

Marysville trailed at two points at halftime then by eight after a 59-yard touchdown pass from Kyle Stephenson to Luke Meissner with 9:18 left in the third quarter. Meissner had a 16-yard touchdown reception in the first half.

As the Monarchs did all game, they answered the Warhawks' touchdown with a seven-play, 29-yard drive ending with a a 3-yard touchdown run by Chrispin, his second of the game.

Down two points, Marysville went for the two-point conversion and quarterback Luke Fleming found Barrett on a comeback in the left corner of the end zone.

In overtime, Central scored first on a 35-yard field goal by Jim Crum.

"We practice overtime against our own defense every Tuesday," coach Jeff Gafford said. "We told the kids we do this every week and this is no different. We were in double overtime last year against Delaware and won that. Our kids have been put in this situation before."

Marysville mustered only two first downs in the second half, but a defense that worked for Central in regulation cost the Warhawks their first win of the season, according to Gafford.

"Their linebackers were tight up on the line of scrimmage," he said. "They were doing a good job not letting our tackles get to their linebackers. But because they were playing tight, we pitched the ball outside in overtime to get out in space."

Central scored just 19 points in its first five games, most coming in a 21-17 loss to Westerville North on Sept. 19. In the first half, wide receiver-turned-quarterback Stephenson rushed for 125 yards on 12 carries. He did not have a rushing yard in the second half.

"He's good when he has time to do some stuff," Gafford said. "His speed is a little better than ours on the perimeter. I didn't see him get to the edge much in the second half. We brought more pressure and made him get rid of the ball."
Nathan Weeks led Marysville with 85 yards rushing on 14 carries.

WESTERVILLE CENTRAL 6 8 6 0 3 - 23
MARYSVILLE 6 6 8 0 6 - 26
C-Stephenson 2 run (kick failed)
M-Chrispin 17 run (kick failed)
C-Meissner 16 pass from Stephenson (Vannett pass from Meissner)
M-Weeks 20 run (run failed)
C-Meissner 59 pass from Stephenson (kick failed)
M-Chrispin 3 run (Barrett pass from Fleming)
C-Crum 35 FG
M-Coburn 13 run