John Marshall Looks to Keep Roll Going

Mountain Ridge makes trip to Monarch Stadium

MOUNDSVILLE — John Marshall opened newly renovated Monarch Stadium with a bang last Friday night, picking up a quality win against a heralded University squad in Coach Jason Willis’ first game at the helm.

This week John Marshall remains at the friendly confines as Willis and his crew look to improve to 2-0 when they get a visit from Mountain Ridge High School from Frostburg, Md. The contest will serve as the Miners’ season opener.

“We have a pretty good mix of returning starters and newcomers,” Mountain Ridge coach Ryan Patterson said. “And we are a little unusual on offense in that we will show you a pistol base but also run a lot of option out of it.

“Our plan is to use as many running backs as possible this week, probably five, or maybe even more. We are going to have to get physical with them early and on defense we need to get in the box quickly.”

The Monarchs piled up more than 400 yards of total offense a week ago and while giving up 271 yards and four scores through the air, managed get a lead early and stay ahead against the Hawks.

“It’s a great feeling to get a big win over a tough University team,” Willis said. “I feel like we really showed up to play last week and I know that if we can play like that every Friday, we can play with anyone on our schedule. The guys really have a lot of confidence coming off of that one.

“On the other hand, we know we have to show up with the same intensity every week. In one of our scrimmages this year we played very well against a tough, physical Linsly team only to come out flat in our next scrimmage against Ripley, which was very disappointing. We need to keep on the guys to make sure that doesn’t happen in the regular season.”

John Marshall was very effective on the ground, rolling up 313 yards and four touchdowns led by junior Justin Frohnapfel (19-104) and seniors Chas McCool (13-91-3td) and John Davis (24-80).

Senior Jordan Wood attempted only four passes, however, he completed three of them for 102 yards and a score. McCool’s only catch of the game went for 52 yards and a touchdown while Frohnapfel had two grabs for 67 yards.

“They are a very physical football team,” Patterson said. “And they don’t do much fancy, they want to just line up for four quarters and knock you around.

“We seen them play last week and they just plain wore University down. No question we are going to have to be prepared for how physical they are going to get with us.

“I know we will have to deal with the McCool kid, who seems like he has been there forever. On defense they have very good vision and tackle extremely well.

The Miners return starting quarterback Alec Deremer, who was second in his area in passing a season ago and has “continued to develop,” according to Patterson.

Mountain Ridge also plans to stay fresh at running back against the Monarchs with a stable of as many as five running backs that will play, including seniors Bryson Sivid and Sefa Pua-Alli and junior Jared Horsman. Junior tight end-defensive end Tre Smiths is a three-year starter that will be featured on both sides of the football by the Maryland squad.

“We were able to get to a couple of their scrimmages and honestly, they seem a lot like us,” Willis said. “They run the football well and they have a very nice play-action game in which they are able to sneak the fullback or tight-end out into the flat.

“They also have a very nice group of running backs and like to give you a lot of motion and misdirection.”

Patterson, who is in his third year as head coach at Mountain Ridge, has been with the Miners staff in some capacity since the school opened 12 years ago. They are coming off a 4-6 campaign which included a 34-21 home loss to John Marshall.

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