Thomas Worthington: Cardinals' defense to face potent Marysville rushing attack

STEPHEN BORGNA
sborgna@thisweeknews.com
Anthony Brewu and Thomas Worthington expect a tough test when they visit Marysville on Friday, Sept. 18.

After losing two in a row following a 30-0 victory over Newark in Week 1, the Thomas Worthington football team is looking to get back on track when it travels to Marysville on Friday, Sept. 18, for its first meeting with the Monarchs since 2015.

To return to the win column, however, the Cardinals must slow down a wing-T attack for Marysville that rolled up 417 rushing yards in a 31-12 victory over Dublin Jerome on Sept. 11.

“Obviously, the rushing attack we’re going to see this weekend isn’t a very friendly one,” said Thomas coach Mike Picetti, whose team lost 43-7 to Olentangy on Sept. 11 to fall to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in the OCC-Cardinal Division. “Marysville does a great job with the wing-T that they run and they’re very well coached.

“We just have to do our job each play and do our very best to try to slow it down. It’s going to be one of those offenses that’s going to be hard to totally stop, but if we can slow it down and put ourselves in good situations to get to third-and-longs, I think we’ll be OK.”

Against Jerome, Gabe Powers led the Monarchs with 134 yards and two touchdowns on 13 carries. Griffin Johnson ran for 115 yards and one score on 11 carries, and Ryan Kern had 77 yards on 14 carries.

The Monarchs attempted just one pass against Jerome, which was intercepted, as they improved to 2-1 overall and 1-1 in the league.

Against Olentangy, the Cardinals were limited to 188 total yards as Anthony Brewu led Thomas with 49 yards on 13 carries. Jaydon Harris had 46 yards rushing on 11 carries, quarterback Isaac Settles added 37 yards on eight carries and Reese Dykstra had a 5-yard scoring run on his only carry.

Settles was 7-for-16 passing for 31 yards and two interceptions, both of which Olentangy returned for touchdowns.

“I think we had some things that we did well on Friday night, and obviously we have some things we have to fix,” Picetti said. “But I think we’re taking positive strides every day, and we’re getting better at our base fundamentals.”

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WEEK 4

THOMAS WORTHINGTON at MARYSVILLE

•When: 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 18

•Last meeting: 2015, Marysville 35-7

•Thomas Worthington (1-2 overall, 0-2 in OCC-Cardinal) to date: Defeated Newark 30-0; lost to Dublin Jerome 56-21; lost to Olentangy 43-7

•Marysville (2-1 overall, 1-1 OCC-Cardinal) to date: Def. Hilliard Bradley 17-0; lost to Hilliard Darby 31-28; def. Dublin Jerome 31-12

•Top Cardinals: Camden Beatty (DB/WR), Sam Carver (OL/DL), Reese Dykstra (LB/LS), Ethan Gerding (OL/DL), Jayden Harris (RB/DB), Jayvaun Lane (DB), Brandon Ross (TE/DL) and Isaac Settles (QB)

•Top Monarchs: Michael Cogossi (OL), Logan Hall (WR/DB), Luke Harper (OL/LB), Lincoln Heard (OL/LB), Ryan Kern (RB/LB), Colby Kerns (OL/DL), Nick Kessler (TE/DL), Zach McMinn (DL), Gabe Powers (RB/LB) and Ashton Schmutz (QB/DB)