John Marshall, Brooke Looking For Redemption
WELLSBURG — Both John Marshall and Brooke will be eager to get back on the field this Friday night.
They each gave up over 60 points last week, suffering tough losses, and are looking to get that bitter taste out of their mouths.
“We told them, ‘there is nothing we can do about last week,'” John Marshall coach Jason Willis said.
“We just have to move on and get ready for Brooke.”
The Monarchs (4-2) fell to Princeton 68-33, where they gave up 62 points in the first half.
The Bruins (1-5), meanwhile, suffered a 61-21 setback at the hands of Class AA power Oak Glen and are currently riding a five-game losing streak.
“We’re just putting the last game behind us,” Brooke coach Mac McLean said. “Oak Glen is everything they are built up to be and they played like it.”
Leading the Monarchs to this point is running back Dalton Flowers who has amassed over 1,000 yards on the ground this season.
Last week, Flowers ran for 155 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries.
Alex Burton has been another threat for Willis in the backfield as he rushed for 69 yards on 10 carries last week.
Burton also delivered a pick-six on defense, while Nate Menendez garnered a team-high eight tackles last week.
“John Marshall is tough, physical and (Flowers) is tough to deal with,” McLean said. “I think I want to see us make them throw the ball because if we force them into four and five-wide formations and make them throw, we must be doing something right.”
Although stopping the run is the goal for the Bruins, McLean also knows the Monarchs can also turn to a talented athlete in Derrick Derrow at quarterback to sling the ball down the field.
“(Derrow) at trigger can put the ball on the money and he’s good through the air,” McLean said. “A lot of the time he doesn’t have to move and can just stand flat-footed because the big boys on the line are giving him time to throw.
“Reid Wiley also jumps out on film at receiver for them.”
For Brooke, quarterback Josh Shorts paved the way in the loss to Oak Glen with 113 yards, a touchdown and an interception on 6 of 15 passing.
Braelyn Sperringer collected 66 yards rushing but 55 of those yards came on one touchdown run.
“They are much improved this year and they will be ready to go,” Willis said of Brooke. “They fly around the ball on defense, they pass a lot and they run a lot. They actually line up a lot like us, so that might help us from that standpoint.”