Following an ineffective first half offensively, the Marysville High School football team scored 20 fourth-quarter points to pull away and defeat host Westerville North 30-7 on Friday, Oct. 21.
Marysville ended a three-game losing streak and improved to 5-4 and 3-3 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. North, which dropped to 0-9 and 0-6 in league play, lost its 34th consecutive game.
In a game that featured numerous mistakes and a lack of big plays for most of the first half, Marysville finally broke a scoreless tie. Marysville quarterback Connor Devine connected with Zach LaRoche for a 12-yard touchdown pass with three seconds remaining in the first half take a 7-0 lead.
LaRoche finished with four receptions for 69 yards and one touchdown and also recorded a crucial second-half interception.
It was all the momentum the Monarchs needed for the second half.
“Anytime you can convert a two-minute drive, that’s big,” Marysville coach Jeff Gafford said. “We were thinking we could maybe get three for sure, but the touchdown was nice. They have a young secondary, and it showed a little bit in that last drive.”
North outgained Marysville 105-7 in total yards in the first quarter before the Marysville offense finally started clicking. The Monarchs finished with 277 yards of total offense, with 186 coming in the second half. Marysville running backs Austin Pharr and Joseph Boyd combined for 128 yards on 28 carries and two touchdowns.
With a 10-0 lead entering the fourth quarter, the Monarchs scored three touchdowns to put the game out of reach. Boyd and Pharr each scored on 1-yard runs, and Lam Tse scored on a 3-yard run to make it 30-0 with 1:30 remaining.
North dominated the first half time of possession but all their drives stalled or resulted in a turnover. Senior quarterback B.J. Campfield (82 yards on 14 carries) and senior running back Kory Watson (75 yards on 11 carries) led the Warriors.
Both players played their final home game and it’s not how they or North coach Mike Owens would have liked to go out in front of their home fans.
“(Marysville) did a heck of a job timing up the blitzes and disrupting everything in the second half,” Owens said. “We just can’t make mistakes, and it’s the same thing we’ve talked about all year.
“The guys have put a lot of hard work into this program and I feel for those guys.”
MARYSVILLE 0 7 3 20 -- 30
WESTERVILLE NORTH 0 0 0 7 -- 7
M--LaRoche 12 pass from Devine (Mazza kick)
M--Mazza 37 FG
M--Boyd 1 run (kick failed)
M--Pfarr 1 run (Mazza kick)
M--Tse 3 run (Mazza kick)
WN--Cameron 13 pass from Campfield (Sanda kick)