JM Bounces Back, Shuts Down South
MOUNDSVILLE — After falling for the first time this season against Oak Glen last week, John Marshall came into Friday night against Parkersburg South determined. And what a way to respond after a loss. The defense forced five turnovers while Alex Burton and Dalton Flowers both cracked the 100-yard barrier in rushing as the Monarchs cruised to a 39-0 victory over the Patriots at Monarch Stadium.
“I thought our defense played great,” John Marshall (3-1) coach Jason Willis said. “Our offensive line opened up some holes for us and it was just a great, well-rounded win.”
While the defense intercepted Parkersburg South’s Samuel Schuler three times, the two fumbles were crucial in two of the Monarchs touchdowns. In the early going of the second quarter and with Parkersburg South driving, Nate Menendez ripped the ball out of the running back’s grasp and took it 72 yards the other way for a score.
Three possessions later for South, Menendez pounced on another loose ball to give the Monarchs possession at the Patriots’ 5. Flowers did the rest as he found the end zone, his third of the night to put the score at 26-0 with 2:23 left in the half. Flowers had a 2-yard run and hauled in a 35-yard strike from Derrick Derrow in the first quarter.
The defense also held South to a pair of turnover on downs, including one time in the red zone along with a pair of interceptions in the second half.
“We just ran to the ball and did a great job of forcing those turnovers,” Willis said. “Our defense is really gelling right now.”
The Monarchs opened the second half with an impressive seven-play drive that also ended in a Flowers’ touchdown. The senior standout eclipsed the 100-yard mark on his 21-yard scamper to the end zone as the score read 32-0 with 9:30 left in the third quarter.
He paced the ground game with 164 yards on 23 carries and three touchdowns. His only reception of the night was also a score.
After the defense forced Parkersburg South’s second straight turnover on downs, the Monarchs, again marched the length of the field. This time, a 10-play, 70-yard drive ended in Burton finding the end zone for the first time of the night. He totaled 105 yards on 11 attempts.
It proved to be the final score of the night.
“We can’t say enough about those two guys,” Willis said about his dynamic duo. “They’re not greedy and they get the job done. Our offensive line opens the holes for them and they’re two really good workers back there.”
Schuler finished the night going 22 of 42 for 230 yards with three interceptions. Levi Rice and Jake Hogsett both hauled in seven passes. Rice tallied 101 yards while Hogsett had 97.
Devin Gaines led the rushing attack with 54 yards on eight carries.
For the Monarchs, Bryce ‘Pudge’ Rayl caught five passes for 67 yards.
John Marshall 39, Parkersburg South 0
Pksbg South 0 0 0 0 — 0
John Marshall 13 13 13 0 — 39
J — Flowers 2 run (Bonocci kick), 7:24
J — Flowers 35 pass from Derrow (kick failed), 3:44
J — Menendez 72 fumble return (Bonocci kick), 11:05
J — Flowers 5 run (kick failed), 2:23
J — Flowers 21 run (kick failed), 9:30
J — Burton 1 run (McIntyre kick), 1:25
Rushing: Parkersburg South 23-97 (Cooke 10-37, Schuler 1-4, Gaines 8-54, Traugh 1-0, Parkhurst 2-3). John Marshall 55-284-4td (Flowers 23-164-3td, Burton 22-105-td, Derrow 5-8, Tschappat 3-10, Wells 2-(-4), Hartman 1-1).
Passing: Parkersburg South 22-42-230-3x (all by Schuler). John Marshall 9-15-148-td (all by Derrow).
Receiving: Parkersburg South 22-230 (Jones 2-10, Rice 7-101, Traugh 6-22, Hogsett 7-97). John Marshall 9-148-td (Rayl 5-67, Flowers 1-35-td, Kerekes 1-15, Wiley 2-31).
First Downs: Parkersburg South 15, John Marshall 18.
Penalties: Parkersburg South 3-15, John Marshall 9-57.
Fumbles: Parkersburg South 2-2, John Marshall 5-1.