The Jonathan Alder High School football team used a solid ground game and two key strikes by quarterback Nick Squires to post a 21-0 victory over visiting Marysville on Friday, Sept. 2.
The senior completed three of seven passes for 81 yards with two touchdowns and no interceptions. He ran for 21 yards on nine carries.
"This is one of the biggest games we have all year against Marysville," Squires said. "We knew it was important to get on the board early. Our offensive line played really well tonight, we passed blocked well and the receivers caught the ball well."
Squires connected with Alex Randall for 46 yards and Matt Rowe for 30 yards on back-to-back possessions in the first quarter to put the Pioneers up 14-0. Both drives started deep in their own territory and were set up by the running of Derritt Potts and Nick Wrightsel.
Potts added a 22-yard run on a third-and-5 play to put the Pioneers up 21-0 in the second quarter. He ended the game with 189 yards on 20 carries.
"We took advantage of some situations early," Jonathan Alder coach Steve Coate said. "We can break down a defense, and it's dangerous when you let the quarterback get his eyes down the field for a chance to throw the ball."
The Monarchs drove late in the second quarter, but quarterback Connor Devine was picked off deep in Pioneers territory by Jake Zornes to end the threat.
Both teams moved the ball in the second half, but neither could reach the end zone. The Pioneers turned the ball over on downs at the Monarchs' 13-yard line in the third quarter and kicker Nick Smith was wide right on a 33-yard field-goal attempt late in the game.
The Monarchs' best threat in the second half came after driving to the Pioneers' 27, but three consecutive incomplete passes by quarterback Connor Devine ended the drive.
Devine was 7-for-21 for 98 yards and two interceptions. Kody Davisson led Marysville's ground game with 41 yards on 10 carries.
"Tonight, our best guys didn't play well," Monarchs coach Jeff Gafford said. "There were big plays defensively, we didn't make. We had guys making big fundamental breakdowns and you can't do that. In the second half, we played fundamental football and it was a 0-0 game."
Wrightsel had eight rushes for 57 yards for the Pioneers, while Randall had two receptions for 51 yards and a touchdown.
MARYSVILLE 0 0 0 0--0
JONATHAN ALDER 14 7 0 0--21
JA--Randall 46 pass from Squires (Smith kick)
JA-- Rowe 30 pass from Squires (Smith kick)
JA--Potts 22 run (Smith kick)