Dealing with a handful of long-term or season-ending injuries, UA had been competitive three consecutive weeks before being shut down until the fourth quarter against Davidson on Oct. 5. Davidson made Gus Ackley, who has rushed for more than 700 yards and has 10 touchdowns, a non-factor. Kyle Kaparos, a sophomore, has made four starts and has thrown for 552 yards with four touchdowns and five interceptions.
Marysville continues to seek consistency under first-year coach Morgan Cotter. Kyle Hites is a dual threat, having completed 76 of 128 passes for 773 yards, seven touchdowns and three interceptions and having rushed for 721 yards and five touchdowns on 121 carries. The Monarchs have amassed at least 300 total yards against every opponent, except undefeated Coffman.
UA and Marysville last met in the opening round of the Division I, Region 3 playoffs in 2008, with the Bears winning 28-16. Their only other meeting came in 1975, which the Monarchs won 20-0.
*LAST WEEK — Chris Frey led the offense with 163 yards and touchdowns of 47 and 63 yards on seven carries, but both scores came after visiting Davidson had built a 42-0 lead in the third quarter. Kaparos was intercepted on his first pass attempt, and the Bears rarely found a comfort zone on either side of the ball.
Marysville rolled up 432 total yards against Thomas. The host Monarchs led 13-7 at halftime and 20-14 after the third quarter.