Marysville High School football coach Morgan Cotter didn't want the season to end.
Before playing the finale against Hilliard Davidson on Oct. 26, the Monarchs had won two of their previous four games to improve to 3-6 overall and 3-3 in the OCC-Central Division.
The Monarchs defeated Central Crossing 65-38 on Oct. 19 and Thomas Worthington 39-21 on Oct. 5. They lost to Olentangy Liberty 21-14 on Sept. 28 and Upper Arlington 28-20 on Oct. 12.
"This is how we felt we'd be at the beginning of the season," Cotter said before the Davidson game. "Those one-score games (against Liberty and UA), you'd like to win those, but our kids are practicing the way we want them to practice. They're giving great effort. It's unfortunate we're at game 10 because we're playing good football. I would love to see us get to play two or three more games because we'd be clicking on all cylinders."
Davidson entered the Marysville game 7-2 overall and 6-1 in the league, looking to secure its fifth consecutive postseason berth.
Against Central Crossing, the Monarchs fell behind 6-0 before scoring the next 24 points on their way to a 44-18 lead at halftime.
Senior quarterback Kyle Hites rushed for 161 yards and touchdowns of 11 and 8 yards on 20 carries. He also completed 10 of 15 passes for 111 yards with touchdowns of 20 yards to Kody Davisson and 6 yards to Alec Draughon.
Davisson rushed for 199 yards and touchdowns of 67, 44, 8 and 8 yards on 22 carries.
"Offensively, we looked really good. We did a lot of things," Cotter said. "Defensively, we gave up too many big plays, but other than that, we really played well. We finally put a game together that you can look back and say we're doing what we need to do."
Through nine games, Hites had completed 101 of 172 passes for 1,205 yards with six touchdowns and seven interceptions and rushed for 920 yards and five touchdowns on 168 carries.
Davisson had rushed for 484 yards and four touchdowns on 52 carries.
"Down the stretch of the season, the team has really come together and we are playing our best football," Davisson said.
Cross country teams finish season
The boys and girls cross country teams closed their seasons in the Division I, district 1 meet Oct. 20 at Watkins Memorial.
The boys finished eighth (196) in the 13-team meet behind champion Westerville North (45).
The top five teams and top 20 individuals advanced to the regional meet Oct. 27 at Pickerington North.
Freshman Alec Sandusky was 27th in 17 minutes, 57.33 seconds. Other runners for Marysville were sophomore Michael Coffey (29th, 18:02.08), seniors Aaron Cingle (41st, 18:20.26), Ryan Fitzgerald (45th, 18:26.39) and Nathan Wasik (54th, 18:43.47) and juniors Christian Madsen (60th, 18:50.34) and Joel Fehrman (72nd, 19:18.1).
The girls were 10th (275) in the 14-team meet behind champion Davidson (35).
Junior Megan Miller led the Monarchs by finishing 25th in 21:09.74, followed by juniors Maddy Hoy (61st, 22:50.94) and Jessie Kmietsch (62nd, 22:52.12), senior Nicole Lindsey (63rd, 22:53.74), freshman Samantha Weingates (64th, 22:54.64), senior Ashley Zani (72nd, 23:14.32) and freshman Beth Miller (73rd, 23:17.58).
The boys team was sixth (142) in the OCC-Central meet Oct. 13 at Hilliard Darby behind Davidson (28), Liberty (39), Dublin Coffman (86), Thomas (128) and UA (141) and ahead of Central Crossing (210) and Westland (226).
Sandusky finished 25th (16:48.2), followed by Fitzgerald (27th, 16:51.93), Coffey (31st, 17:00.7), Cingle (34th, 17:13.18), Wasik (42nd, 17:21.54), Fehrman (48th, 17:35.81), Madsen (50th, 17:38.13), seniors Josh Brady (52nd, 17:44.07) and Clay Cochran (55th, 17:57.51) and junior T.J. Borawski (58th, 18:12.66).
The girls team was sixth (188) in the league meet behind Coffman (43), Davidson (51), UA (51), Liberty (102) and Thomas (107) and ahead of Central Crossing (196). Westland did not have enough runners for a team score.
Megan Miller was 32nd (20:48.38), followed by Hoy (35th, 20:59.12), Zani (39th, 21:15.8), Lindsey (46th, 21:48.41), Weingates (47th, 21:55.05), Kmietsch (51st, 22:26.97), junior Victoria Williams (52nd, 22:51.3), sophomore Allanah Larriuz (55th, 23:11.23) and Beth Miller (59th, 23:42.29).
Boys soccer team loses in tournament
The boys soccer team lost to Reynoldsburg 2-1 in the second round of the Division I district tournament on Oct. 20. Both teams had a first-round bye.
Cory Roeth scored for the Monarchs, who finished 8-5-4.