September 23, 2016 - at Marietta

Marietta Maintains Scoring Average With Nearly Perfect Game Against Big Reds

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Marietta was practically perfect in every aspect of the game Friday night as the Tigers maintained their prolific scoring pace with a 49-13 victory over the visiting Big Reds of Parkersburg.

The Tigers came into the game averaging over 45 points per 48 minute game and topped that with a seven touchdown night that featured five scoring passes by senior quarterback Trent Dawson. Dawson was just about as perfect as you can get as he completed 26 of 29 passes for 314 yards with only one interception. It marked his second straight game with over 300 yards passing as the Tigers upped their overall record to 4-1.

Marietta amassed 401 yards in total offense, just about their season average, converted all three red zone scoring chances and were 2-fot-2 on fourth down conversions. The home team punted just one time. The only poor aspect of their game was eight penalties.

Isaac Danford caught four TD passes on the night for the Tigers and wound up with 11 receptions for 146 yards.

Meanwhile, PHS dropped to 1-4 heading into a bye week. The Big Reds had just 22 rushes for 54 yards and wound up with 199 yards in total offense although they did complete 215 of 19 passes. However, two of those passes were intercepted with one being returned for a touchdown late in the game. Easton Martin ran for 83 yards on 12 attempts for PHS.

Marietta started the game with a 12-play, 65 yard drive that ate nearly six minutes off the clock. Mixing the run with the pass the Tigers scored on a five yard toss from Dawson to Danford.

The Big Reds first possession saw them move to the Marietta 30 yard line but Danford came up with an interception at the Tiger 15 yard line.

After an exchange of punts, Marietta put together an even more impressive drive, going 58 yards in 13 plays and again taking 5:58 off the clock with Danford again catching a five yard touchdown pass.

A fumble recovery gave Marietta the ball back near midfield with 2:43 left in the half and it took just five plays for Dawson to again find Danford, this time from seven yards away for a 21-0 lead.

PHS got on the board with 7.4 seconds left in the half as a 33 yard kickoff return by Rylan Hamilton set up a two-play scoring drive that covered 57 yards. After Hamilton caught a 15 yard pass from Ethan Airhart on the next play after the kickoff, the Big Reds' Bradley Craig threw a pass to the goal line which was deflected by Danford but into the hands of Hamilton who fell into the end zone to complete a 42 yard play. Christian Axman's kick made it 21-7 at the intermission.

Late in the third quarter Marietta capped a nine play, 61 yard drive with a 23 yard pass to Travis Moore. This time it was Hamilton who tipped the ball and Moore who caught it with one hand in the end zone for a touchdown with 1:04 left in the quarter.

PHS came back thanks to another kickoff return by Hamilton, this one covering 50 yards to the Marietta 35. Five plays later Airhart hit Karson Snyder for the touchdown from 10 yards out with 11:30 left to play. The extra point kick was blocked and the Big Reds trailed 28-13.

The quick-striking Tigers put the game out of reach with a 46 yard pass to Moore that led to a 32 yard scoring run by Dominic Vanfossen with 10:19 remaining and a 35 yard pass to Danford with 3:11 ran the score to 42-13. The Tigers' final score came on a 42 yard interception return by Bailey Wright.

Defensively for PHS, Brenton Strange had 10 tackles and Tyler Lawrentz nine.

Score by Quarters                      1 2 3 4 - Total
Parkersburg Big Reds,,,           0 7 0 6 - 13
Marietta Tigers                       7 14 7 21 - 49
Qtr Time Scoring play
1st 06:07 MAR - Isaac Danford 5 yd pass from Trent Dawson (Austyn Chen kick), 12-65 5:53
2nd 04:41 MAR - Isaac Danford 5 yd pass from Trent Dawson (Austyn Chen kick), 13-58 5:53
00:36 MAR - Isaac Danford 7 yd pass from Trent Dawson (Austyn Chen kick), 5-52 2:07
00:07 PHS - Rylan Hamilton 42 yd pass from Bradley Craig (Christian Axman kick), 2-57 0:19
3rd 01:04 MAR - Travis Moore 23 yd pass from Trent Dawson (Austyn Chen kick), 9-61 4:24
4th 11:30 PHS - Karson Snyder 10 yd pass from Ethan Airhart (Christian Axman kick blockd), 5-35 1:15
10:19 MAR - Dom. Vanfossen 32 yd run (Austyn Chen kick), 2-67 1:04
03:11 MAR - Isaac Danford 35 yd pass from Trent Dawson (Austyn Chen kick), 6-44 3:46
02:54 MAR - Bailey Wright 42 yd interception return (Austyn Chen kick)

..................................................PHS           MAR
FIRST DOWNS                                10                18
RUSHES-YARDS (NET)                 22-54          24-87
PASSING YDS (NET)                      145             314
Passes Att-Comp-Int                        19-15-2       29-26-1
TOTAL OFFENSE PLAYS-YARDS 41-199      53-401
Fumble Returns-Yards                      0-0             0-0
Punt Returns-Yards                          1-14            3-45
Kickoff Returns-Yards                      6-180          2-29
Interception Returns-Yards              1-0              2-51
Punts (Number-Avg)                         3-35.0         1-43.0
Fumbles-Lost                                    1-1              0-0
Penalties-Yards                                  3-39            8-64
Possession Time                                17:54         27:12
Third-Down Conversions                  3 of 7          6 of 10
Fourth-Down Conversions                0 of 1          2 of 2
Red-Zone Scores-Chances                 1-1              3-3
Sacks By: Number-Yards                  1-4              1-6
RUSHING: Parkersburg Big Reds-Easton Martin 12-83; Rylan Hamilton 3-12; Bradley Craig 3-minus 8; Ethan Airhart 3-minus 10; Karson Snyder 1-minus 23. Marietta Tigers-Dom. Vanfossen 18-70; Isaac  Danford 4-24; Trent Dawson 2-minus 7.
PASSING: Parkersburg Big Reds-Ethan Airhart 14-18-2-103; Bradley Craig 1-1-0-42. Marietta
Tigers-Trent Dawson 26-29-1-314.
RECEIVING: Parkersburg Big Reds-Brenton Strange 6-43; Karson Snyder 3-25; Rylan Hamilton 2-57; Bradley Craig 2-7; Easton Martin 1-8; Tyler Lawrentz 1-5. Marietta Tigers-Travis Moore 11-146; Isaac Danford 5-82; Dom. Vanfossen 4-37; Jermaine Burke 3-21; Bailey Wright 2-26; Matthew Bertram 1-2.
INTERCEPTIONS: Parkersburg Big Reds-Bradley Craig 1-0. Marietta Tigers-Bailey Wright 1-42; Isaac Danford 1-9.
FUMBLES: Parkersburg Big Reds-Ethan Airhart 1-1. Marietta Tigers-None.
Parkersburg Big Reds (1-4) vs. Marietta Tigers (4-1)
SACKS (UA-A): Parkersburg Big Reds-Davey McNemar 1-0. Marietta Tigers-None.
TACKLES (UA-A): Parkersburg Big Reds-Brenton Strange 5-5; Tyler Lawrentz 6-3; Tyler Moler 2-5; Easton Martin 4-2; Wyatt Strobl 3-3; Jake Johnson 3-3; Bradley Craig 3-2; Davey McNemar 4-0; Shane Miller 1-2; Isaac Edman 1-2; Max Turner 0-3; Jacob Woodyard 1-0; Rylan Hamilton 1-0; 14 1-0.