John Marshall Pummels Park. South

Hess scores four TDs for Monarchs

Photo by Joe Albright John Marshall’s quarterback Dereck Hess attempts to stiff arm Parkersburg South’s Tyee Gibson during the Monarchs’ victory against the Patriots.

PARKERSBURG — Hess, Hess, Hess and Hess.

If that got redundant, think how Parkersburg South football coach Mike Eddy felt watching John Marshall back Dereck Hess run for four touchdowns in the first half alone en route to the visiting Monarchs’ 40-17 victory against the Patriots on Friday night at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.

Hess had a game in the first half most would have in a whole game, with a 97-yard kickoff return TD, a pair of long 65 and 55-yard scoring scampers, and a short 4-yard burst into the end zone while piling up 173 total yards on the ground.

JM coach Rick Goodrich said of Hess that “we feel we’re fortunate to have him on our team. He’s an athlete. Any time he touches the ball, we feel he can take it the distance. He makes our line, us coaches and our whole team better. He’s just a playmaker.”

The loss dropped South to 1-4, while John Marshall improved to 3-2. The Patriots stay home next week for their homecoming game versus Point Pleasant at 7 p.m. Friday.

Things started off badly for South by fumbling on the opening kickoff, and John Marshall recovering at the 50. Four plays later, Hess went the final 4 yards to paydirt and it was 6-0 1:40 into the game.

But the Patriots came right back with a short three-play drive to go ahead 7-6.

After a Tyee Gibson kickoff return to the JM 32, two plays later, Nick Yoho burst out and went 26 yards for a TD and Ahmed Ali’s PAT gave South its lone lead at 9:07 of the opening quarter.

It didn’t last long, though, as Hess gathered in the ensuing kickoff and sped 97 yards for his second touchdown followed by a conversion pass to lift the Monarchs on top 14-7 at 8:49, still not even at the halfway mark of the first quarter.

Nearing the end of the second quarter, however, Hess tacked on two more TDs, with his 55-yard gallop at 2:27 and then his 65-yard race to score with only 34.4 seconds to go to give John Marshall a commanding 28-7 advantage at halftime.

South began the second half by driving to the Monarchs 13, but was thwarted by a Justin Frohnapfel interception at the goal line at 8:02.

But South’s Jon Kinnard picked off a pass, although the Pats had to punt and the boot sailed 57 yards to the JM 1 at 6:27 of the third. It turned out to be helpful for South as intentional grounding was called against Monarchs QB Jordan Wood in the end zone at 5:37 for a safety, making the score 28-9 after three quarters.

In the fourth, JM’s Nick Coulter had a 4-yard TD spurt at 9:00 to up the lead to 34-9 and Bailey Williams banged 3 yards for six points at 4:03 for a 40-9 lead before South’s Jacob Anthony went 2 yards for a score at 2:05 and the final tally.

John Marshall 40, Parkersburg South 17

John Marshall 14 14 0 12 — 40

Park. South 7 0 2 8 — 17

J –Hess 4 run (kick blocked), 10:20, 1st

S –Yoho 26 run ( Ali kick) 9:07, 1st

J –Hess 97 kickoff return (Durrah pass from Wood), 8:49, 1st

J –Hess 55 run (Temple pass from Wood), 2:27, 2nd

J –Hess 65 run (kick failed), 34.4 seconds, 2nd

S –Safety, intentional grounding in end zone, 5:37, 3rd

J –Coulter 4 run (kick failed), 9:00, 4th

J –Williams 3 run (kick failed) 4:03, 4th

S –Anthony 2 run (2-point pass to Gibson), 2:05, 4th

Rushing: John Marshall 48-2825-td (Hess 24-186-3td, Coulter 7-51-td, McCool 6-42-td, Williams 3-16, Yocum 3-12, Hill 1-3, Santimarino 1-(-12), Wood 3-(-16)); Parkersburg South 39-184-2td (Hinzman 8-68, Yoho 13-62-td, Gibson 2-18, Penn 4-14, Anthony 2-13-td, Shank 1-6, Mooney 9-3)

Passing: John Marshall 5-11-70-2x (all by Wood); Parkersburg South 7-17-40-2x (Mooney 6-15-36-2x, Penn 1-2-4).

Receiving: John Marshall 5-70 ( Fronapfel 2-20, McCool 1-26, Durrah 1-21, Williams 1-3); Parkersburg South 7-40 (oho 4-30, Hinzman 2-11, Gill 1-(-1))

First Downs: John Marshall 18, Parkersburg South 12

Penalties: John Marshall 6-36, Parkersburg South 5-50.

Fumbles-Lost: John Marshall 0-0, Parkersburg South 3-1.