Being forced to hold its second consecutive home game at a neutral site because of renovations to its stadium didn’t slow down the Marysville football team Sept. 6 at Hilliard Bradley.
The Monarchs showed on the opening drive against Delaware Hayes that their ground game — and in particular running back Chase Kilgore — would be difficult to stop.
Kilgore ran 26 times for 232 yards and four touchdowns as his team beat the Pacers 35-14.
“The first part is our blocking and just the little things impacted the game,” Kilgore said. “I feel like we came into the (second) half and knew we weren’t finished and had to keep executing.”
The Monarchs, who had lost three of the past five meetings against the Pacers including 17-16 in overtime last season, improved to 2-0 while Delaware dropped to 1-1.
The Pacers trailed 14-0 at halftime but scored on their opening third-quarter drive on a 17-yard run by Jahi Broussard-Nash. That completed an 80-yard drive which lasted four minutes, 19 seconds.
Marysville responded with a 10-play, 80-yard drive on the ensuing possession, with Kilgore running for 71 yards including a 10-yard touchdown with 3:18 to go in the third to make it 21-7.
Kilgore added a 3-yard scoring run with 6:26 remaining.
Delaware responded with a 2-yard touchdown run by Blake Eiland with 4:43 remaining to cut it to 28-14, but Ryan Kern completed Marysville’s scoring with a 25-yard run with 1:53 to go.
“We got our running game going and I thought we were pretty physical up front,” Marysville coach Brent Johnson said.
On the second play of the opening series, Kilgore broke loose for a 53-yard run, then ran for an 18-yard touchdown four plays later to give his team a 7-0 lead.
Marysville made it 14-0 on a 5-yard run by Kilgore with 10:47 to go in the second period. That was set up by a 38-yard pass from Nathan Morey to Kern.
Delaware quarterback Blake Eiland connected with Broussard-Nash and he ran for 88 yards on a play late in the second period, but an illegal block nullified the apparent touchdown.
“They’re a good team, they made some big plays and we didn’t make big plays when we had to,” Pacers coach Scott Wetzel said. “(Kilgore) is good.”
==========Team 1 2 3 4 Final DELAWARE 0 0 7 7 14 MARYSVILLE
7 7 7 14 35
M—Kilgore 18 run (Duke kick)
M—Kilgore 5 run (Duke kick)
D—Broussard-Nash 17 run (Klumpp kick)
M—Kilgore 10 run (Duke kick)
M—Kilgore 3 run (Duke kick)
D—Eiland 2 run (Klumpp kick)
M—Kern 25 run (Duke kick)