The Marysville High School football team improved to 2-0 with a 20-13 victory over host Delaware on Sept. 4.
The Pacers, who defeated Buckeye Valley 30-6 in their opener Aug. 29, fell to 1-1.
“There’s nothing wrong with a 2-0 start,” Marysville coach Morgan Cotter said. “We tell our kids you have to start fast and 2-0 is a fast start, so that’s a lot of fun.”
Senior running back Aron Mowery led the Monarchs with 133 yards rushing and a touchdown on 18 carries. He also saw time at quarterback.
Marysville took advantage of a short punt to open the scoring, as Mowery had a 13-yard touchdown run with 1 minute, 40 seconds left in the first quarter, capping a 29-yard drive.
After trailing 7-0 at halftime, Delaware tied the game early in the third quarter. The Pacers drove 84 yards on seven plays, with running back Ethan Tucky scoring on a 19-yard run with 9:10 left in the third.
Marysville took the lead for good on its next possession. Sophomore quarterback Nathan Snyder connected with tight end Noah Wiseman for a 58-yard gain to the Delaware 1, although the Monarchs had to settle for Andrew Latimer’s 17-yard field goal and a 10-7 lead midway through the third.
The Monarchs added to their lead less than two minutes later after Holden Cruea recovered Deven Ward’s fumble at the Delaware 37. Five plays later, Snyder hit Pierce Scott for a 10-yard touchdown and a 17-7 lead with 4:18 left in the third.
After the teams traded turnovers, Delaware pulled within 17-13 on Cullen Moore’s 25-yard touchdown pass to Tucky with 26 seconds remaining in the third. The extra-point attempt was blocked.
Marysville again responded quickly, as Mowery gained 50 yards on his team’s next play and Latimer added a 20-yard field goal.
Jessie Ramirez’s interception with 1:03 remaining helped seal the win for Marysville, which defeated Jonathan Alder 27-20 in its opener Aug. 29.
Sean Gliebe led Delaware, rushing for 96 yards on nine carries.
“It’s just little things, little plays we have to (execute) better. We have to become a better football team,” Delaware coach Mike Golden said.
Delaware played without senior fullback Ernest Bonsu, who Golden said was out with a knee injury.
M—Mowery 13 run (Latimer kick)
D—Tucky 19 run (Sanfillipo kick)
M—Latimer 17 FG
M—Scott 10 pass from Snyder (Latimer kick)
D—Tucky 25 pass from Moore (kick failed)
M—Latimer 20 FG