Multiple miscues by the Marysville High School football team paved the way for Upper Arlington on Oct. 18 as the Golden Bears won 26-14.
The Monarchs, who fell to 6-2 overall and 3-2 in the OCC-Central Division, turned over the ball twice on special teams in the first half, and quarterback Matt Mulholland threw two second-half interceptions. The Golden Bears, who moved to 4-4 and 3-2, converted three of those turnovers into touchdowns.
The second special teams turnover by Marysville came with 2 minutes, 47 seconds remaining in the third quarter. Trailing 12-7, Monarchs punt returner Aron Mowery muffed a punt, which was recovered by Upper Arlington’s Evan Cutler at the Monarchs’ 27-yard line.
“The first (turnover) was early enough to come back from, but the second one was tough,” Monarchs coach Morgan Cotter said. “You get a stop, and you’re feeling pretty good because you’re about to get the ball back down 12-7.”
Marysville started the game with a fumble by Logan Roston on the opening kickoff that was recovered by Upper Arlington’s Jack Devine at the Monarchs’ 24-yard line. Four plays later Kyle Kaparos threw a 13-yard touchdown pass to Chase Greenlee.
The Golden Bears extended their lead to 9-0 on safety with 4:44 left in the first half. Marysville opened that possession on its own 30-yard line but fumbled snaps on two consecutive plays led to negative 30 yards for the Monarchs, with the second lost snap rolling out of the end zone.
A 27-yard field goal by Jared O’Brien with 46.9 left in the half gave Upper Arlington a 12-0 lead.
With 6:38 left in the third quarter, Marysville closed the gap on a 15-yard touchdown pass from Mulholland to Roston. However, the muffed punt occurred on Marysville’s next possession, and the Golden Bears capitalized with a 1-yard touchdown by Chris Frey, who finished with 75 yards rushing on 23 carries. He also had an interception from his linebacker position.
The Golden Bears extended their lead to 26-7 following a 96-yard interception return by Lewis Hughes. A 3-yard touchdown run by Marysville’s Austin Pfarr in the final minute capped the scoring.
“This is the kind of football we’re capable of playing,” Upper Arlington coach Mike Golden said.
Kaparos finished 8-for-11 for 75 yards with one touchdown, and he ran 10 times for 42 yards.
Mulholland went 14-for-31 for 182 yards with one touchdown and two interceptions. He added 64 yards rushing on four carries.
UA-Greenlee 13 pass from Kaparos (O’Brien kick)
UA-Safety, Marysville fumbled snap out of end zone
UA-O’Brien 27 FG
M-Roston 15 pass from Mulholland (Mazza kick)
UA-Frey 1 run (O’Brien kick)
UA-Hughes 96 interception return (O’Brien kick)
M-Pfarr 3 run (Mazza kick)