First-year Marysville High School football coach Morgan Cotter realized his team would face numerous challenges in the OCC-Central Division.
Despite the Monarchs' record, Cotter has been pleased with their progress.
Marysville was 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the league before playing Olentangy Liberty on Sept. 28.
"We're going in the right direction," said Cotter, who coached at Division V Fairbanks the previous five seasons. "We just have to be more consistent. We'll put two or three good drives together and then the next thing you know we put two or three below par drives together. We're still learning how to compete and being able to compete at a high level the entire time."
Cotter also said the adjustments aren't limited to the players.
"If you look across the field, and you're talking about 15- to 18-year-olds, we had 35 of them when I was at Fairbanks and now I have 65 of them," Cotter said. "The boys, for the most part, are very similar with motivation and things like that.
"To me, every week you look across the field and you have great coaching staffs like the coaches from (Hilliard) Bradley, Jonathan Alder, (Dublin) Scioto, (Dublin) Coffman and Liberty. You know every week that the coaches are great coaches."
Marysville lost to Coffman 49-10 in a game that was suspended Sept. 21 because of lightning and concluded Sept. 22.
The Monarchs play host Friday, Oct. 5, to Thomas Worthington, which was 1-4 overall and 1-1 in the league before playing Coffman on Sept. 28. The Cardinals defeated Westland 50-19 on Sept. 22.
Thomas is led by junior running back Tony Harvard, who had 563 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 110 carries before Sept. 28.
Junior quarterback Danny Gordon had completed 60 of 104 passes for 596 yards with two touchdowns and six interceptions.
"Thomas has a couple nice athletes," Cotter said. "I know the tailback is a real nice running back.
"The quarterback does a real good job of not putting the ball where he shouldn't."
Against Coffman, Austin Pfarr rushed for 153 yards and a touchdown on 18 carries.
The Shamrocks had a 423-242 advantage in total yards.
"Coffman is as solid of a football team that I've seen in a long time," Cotter said. "They have athletes at all positions, and you put that together with coach (Mark) Crabtree and his coaching staff, they're a good football team."
Before Sept. 28, quarterback Kyle Hites had completed 49 of 86 passes for 512 yards with five touchdowns and two interceptions. He also had rushed for 555 yards and three touchdowns on 83 carries.
Pfarr had rushed for 222 yards and two touchdowns on 33 carries.
Boys soccer team rolls to win over UA
The boys soccer team continued its recent success by defeating Upper Arlington 7-2 on Sept. 25 to improve to 4-4-3 overall and 2-2-1 in the OCC-Central.
The Monarchs are 2-0-1 in their last three games.
"We made some small changes in formation and position and the boys have taken to the new formation," coach Marc Kirsch said. "They have been giving great effort all year long, but now the high work rate is being converted into goals. The new formation gave our forwards more space to create and more ability to attack the wings."
The Monarchs visit Central Crossing on Tuesday, Oct. 2, for a league game.
Against UA, Nick Kallinicou led Marysville with two goals.
"The boys are playing smart and have been dangerous in their attack," Kirsch said. "They play strong defense and have been very efficient at stopping teams' attacks. The great thing is that everyone is contributing to the success of the team. We have had seven different players score goals in the last two games."
Girls soccer team ties Golden Bears
The girls soccer team was 5-2-4 overall and 1-1-3 in the OCC-Central after tying UA at 2 on Sept. 25.
Kaela Kovanda and Abby Jaggers scored.
"I am very happy with how the team is working very hard and how they battle every game," said coach Jim Daugherty, whose team plays host to Central Crossing on Tuesday, Oct. 2, in a league game. "They have done a great job overcoming adversity, as we have had as many as seven players injured at the same time, and the ladies just keep persevering and battling. They have done a great job overcoming those injuries to be competitive in every game, and competing in games and practice."
Girls golf team set for sectional
The girls golf team competes Tuesday, Oct. 2, in a Division I sectional at Mentel Memorial.
The Monarchs are seeded eighth and will play with second-seeded Coffman and sixth-seeded UA.
The top three teams and top three individuals not on a qualifying team advance to district Oct. 9 at Cooks Creek.
"Our team goal is for all five golfers to have their best round on the same day and move on to districts at Cooks Creek next week," coach Susan Wyman said. "I am hopeful the girls play a solid round and we score well as a team."
Volleyball team loses to Coffman
The girls volleyball team lost to Coffman 25-7, 25-12, 25-15 on Sept. 25. The Shamrocks are 10-0 in the OCC-Central.
For Marysville, Abby Butler had nine digs, Hannah Stanley had seven assists and Emily Euans had four kills.
"Coffman is a strong team and we never gave up," coach Jennifer Burton said. "The girls played well and our defense was solid, but we just couldn't transfer our passes into kills. There were definitely areas that could have been improved (Sept. 25), specifically our serves and our front-row play, but I was happy that the girls pushed themselves. We needed to put the ball away more often and slow down Coffman's attacks with our blocks, but that never occurred."