MOUNDSVILLE - Coach Rich Goodrich arrived at John Marshall looking to build a program that could compete with everyone in the Ohio Valley and the rest of the big schools in the state of West Virginia.
While it may take a little time to actually get to that point, after nearly five years, the Monarchs are officially on a two-game winning streak following Friday night's 34-14 victory against visiting East Liverpool.
While Hilary Kinney was crowned Homecoming Queen at halftime, quarterback Jeremiah Fromhart was the king of the field most of the game, throwing for 275 yards and three touchdowns, running for a pair of scores and even intercepting a pass as the Monarchs (2-3) rolled.
John Marshall’s Ryan Davis (3) avoids the tackles of East Liverpool’s JohnRickerd (36) and Tyler McComas (32) on Friday night.
Photo by Scott McCloskey
''I was anxious to see how the kids would respond coming off of last week's win," Goodrich said. "But we had a great week of practice, we were prepared and the kids showed up to play (Friday).''
A Potters mistake got the scoring started when Evan Magers stepped in front of a Kade Reynolds pass at the East Liverpool 46 that he returned all the way to the 17.
Jacob Wood moved the ball to the 10 on three carries before Fromhart capped the drive on fourth down, rolling out to the right and hitting Kolt Galentine with a 10-yard touchdown pass at the four-minute mark of the first quarter.
John Marshall used the big play for its second score early in the second period. Taking over at its own 31, Fromhart hooked up with Magers on a 30-yard completion on first down then found Galentine for a 35-yard gainer all the way down to the 4.
Fromhart went straight up the middle twice, with the second resulting in a 1-yard scoring burst. The Monarchs faked the PAT afterwards, however, the pass was incomplete and the score was 13-0 at the 9:53 mark of the quarter.
After being stopped on downs in side the John Marshall 10, the Potters got their first break of the game, recovering a fumble on the very next play at the 6.
It took four downs again, however, this time senior Stefan Yoho made it to the goal line and stretched over to cover the final 3 yards with 6:15 showing. Justin Barr's point-after cut the deficit to 13-7.
It looked like Liverpool might tie, or even take the lead, before the half, mounting a 13-play drive that included a successful fake punt. However, a Jacob Wood sack on fourth down ended the threat in the final seconds.
John Marshall's offense came to life again to start the third quarter, moving 64 yards with a pair of completions to Jeremy Betras highlighting the march. Fromhart again finished things off on a 1-yard burst with 9:05 showing in the third and a 20-7 advantage.
The Potters' second touchdown came nearly the same way the first one did. After driving down inside the Monarchs' 10, East Liverpool was intercepted on fourth down, only to have John Miscuk pick off Fromhart on the very next play.
Four plays later Miscuk capped the short drive with an 11-yard jaunt, cutting the score to 20-14.
But the Monarchs came right back with Fromhart finding a wide-open Zach Winland on the third play of the following drive for a 63-yard scoring strike late in the frame and a 27-14 margin. On the big play, Winland did not have a defender within 20 yards of him when he made the catch.
The final dagger came with 5:01 to play when Fromhart drilled his third touchdown pass, this one a 15-yarder to Magers on fourth down with 5:01 to play that extended the count to 20 points at 34-14.
"We made a couple mistakes on offense that gave them a short field, but I think our defense overcame some adversity and played lights out," Goodrich said. ''East Liverpool did a nice job shutting down our running game, but we know we can throw the ball and Jeremiah (Fromhart) makes nice decisions and our line blocked very well.''
Yoho finished with 124 rushing yards and a touchdown, however, sophomore quarterback Kade Reynolds was intercepted five times by the Monarchs defense, including twice by Magers.