Big-play touchdowns propelled the Marysville High School football team in front of a packed homecoming crowd that got plenty of thrills in a 31-21 victory over visiting Olentangy Liberty on Oct. 4.
Quarterback Matt Mulholland completed 17 of 27 passes for 253 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 95 yards and another score in helping the Monarchs improve to 5-1 overall and 2-1 in the OCC-Central Division.
"All those big plays come back to our line tonight which did a great job of protecting tonight," Marysville coach Morgan Cotter said. "They gave us a great opportunity to extend plays and let Matt sit back there. Our kids did a great job without panicking. We've been in that situation before."
Trailing 14-10 at halftime, Marysville responded with four consecutive touchdowns, including a 58-yard score by Aaron Mowery, who finished with 19 carries for 126 yards.
Mulholland's 34-yard run put the Monarchs up 24-14 with 2 minutes, 18 seconds left in the third quarter. Early in the fourth, he found Jimmy Applegate for a 53-yard touchdown pass to extend the lead to 31-14.
Liberty (3-3, 2-1) went up 14-3 when Matt Kessler threw touchdown passes to Jacob Wiseman (15 yards) and Dan Rhinehart (47 yards). Kessler finished 17 of 40 passing for 257 yards and an interception.
Daryian Davies, who finished with 127 yards on 22 rushes for Liberty, scored the final points on a 4-yard run with 8:37 left.
The Monarchs’ defense also came away with big plays, twice stopping Liberty in the red zone, including a drive which reached the Marysville 2 in the third quarter. Spencer Mosteller's 23-yard field-goal attempt was wide right.
"We had our opportunities," Liberty coach Steve Hale said. "When you get down two scores in a game like this, you're challenged with the play-calling a little bit and that obviously helped them."
M--Mazza 20 FG
OL--Wiseman 15 pass from Kessler (Mosteller kick)
OL--Rhinehart 47 pass from Kessler (Mosteller kick)
M--Roston 29 pass from Mulholland (Mazza kick)
M--Mowery 58 run (Mazza kick)
M--Mulholland 34 run (Mazza kick)
M--Applegate 53 pass from Mulholland (Mazza kick)
OL--Davies 4 run (Mosteller kick)