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FOOTBALL LOOKAHEAD: Monarchs Aim to Extend Winning Streak to Two

September 20, 2012
By SHAWN RINE - Sports Editor , The Intelligencer / Wheeling News-Register

A couple of teams that snapped long losing streaks are feeling a lot better this week. And as a result, either John Marshall (1-3) or East Liverpool (1-3) will have a two-game winning streak after they meet Friday night at Monarch Stadium in Moundsville.

''They're a lot like us,'' John Marshall coach Rick Goodrich said. ''We think they're going to try to run the ball and throw some play-action pass. They always have hardnosed kids.

''Coach (Rick) Prescott is doing a nice job cleaning that program up. They're going to be a handful.''

The Potters are coming off a 65-12 rout of a Toledo Woodward squad that has now lost 47 in a row. It was East Liverpool's second victory in 15 games.

''I'm just so happy for the kids,'' an Prescott told The Review following the game. ''It's been a long time coming. My emotions are for them. It's hard to keep telling these kids that their hard work will pay off with a win and then keep coming up short.

''Obviously we're not done and we have more goals to accomplish, but this was a great start.''

Senior tailback Stefan Yoho finished with 173 yards on 13 carries with four touchdowns.

''They beat a very athletic Toledo Woodward team,'' Goodrich said. ''They're solid up front and have good skill people.

''And they're not going to quit if they get down.''

Just as the Monarchs didn't last week after falling behind Oak Glen. 6-0. John Marshall scored the next 34 points to win going away, 48-12, and snap a 13-game losing streak.

''They obviously feel better and it's a huge shot of confidence,'' Goodrich said. ''It starts with the line, and they really came off the ball. Were were concerned because Oak Glen is very physical and very good.''

Goodrich said the work of his line has been the most pleasant surprise this season.

''We can see it daily at practice. They've never had that style of offense where you're aggresive and attacking,'' he said.

''We want to be an aggressive and physcial team. We want that to be our trademark.''

R.J. Kibert was both against the Golden Bears. He picked up 96 yards rushing and scored a pair of touchdowns, and returned a backward pass on defense 77 yards for another score.

''He tweaked a hamstring in our second scrimmage and he's starting to get healthy,'' Goodrich said. ''That's what we expected of him.''

The JM coaching staff wanted to let the players enjoy their taste of success, but at the same time had to make sure it didn't go too far.

''It's one of 10 (games) and that's what I've been telling these kids all along,'' Goodrich said. ''The kids seemed grounded when they came in (Monday) and seemed to have some bounce to their step.

''There's always room for improvement. We missed some tackles and lost contain - things can't do down the road if we want to be the type of team we think we can be.

''We need to get better and play better.''

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