Senior quarterback Evan DeMars of the Dublin Scioto High School football team didn't waste any time in launching his air assault that had visiting Marysville catching its breath before halftime.
DeMars threw 29 yards to Darius McDonald on the first play from scrimmage. From there, he went on to finish 26-for-34 passing for 409 yards and five touchdowns in a 51-27 victory over the Monarchs on Sept. 7.
Cody Steffy caught touchdown passes of 22, 30 and 55 yards as the Irish improved to 2-1 and produced their highest point total since the 2007 season.
"Cody Steffy stepped up when we had Darius McDonald go out on the first drive," DeMars said. "The blocking was incredible for us out on the edges, and when we put guys in space they can do great things."
Scioto built a 30-7 halftime lead with big plays that included a 68-yard touchdown catch by Travis Yates with 3 minutes, 36 seconds left in the second quarter.
Marysville, which dropped to 0-3, made it 30-14 when Kody Davisson’s 2-yard scoring run capped a nine-play, 76-yard drive with 7:14 left in the third quarter.
Marysville quarterback Kyle Hites finished with 120 yards rushing on 16 carries and touchdown runs of 65 and 39 yards. Matt Mulholland, who was 6-for-10 passing for 123 yards and rushed for a touchdown, had command of the offense for most of the second half.
"We've got to find an answer in the first half," Marysville coach Morgan Cotter said. "We've played well enough at times to win games. We're just not playing for 48 minutes. We've got to find that answer right now."
Scioto's defense came up with big plays as well, including Jack Flood's 25-yard interception return for a touchdown to make it 44-21 with 5:37 left. Nick Conner added an interception in the end zone in the first quarter.
DS -- Crosa 36 FG
DS -- Steffy 33 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
M -- Hites 65 run (Mazza kick)
DS -- Crosa 35 FG
DS -- Yates 68 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
DS -- Crosa 23 FG
DS -- Shadoan 18 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
M -- Davisson 2 run (Mazza kick)
DS -- Steffy 30 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)
M -- Mulholland 2 run (Mazza kick)
DS -- Flood 25 interception return (Crosa kick)
M -- Hites 39 run (pass failed)
DS -- Steffy 55 pass from DeMars (Crosa kick)