JV Loggers cut down M-P freshmen

Sophomore quarterback Johnny Loughnan breaks through the M-P line on a keeper. -
Sophomore quarterback Johnny Loughnan breaks through the M-P line on a keeper.
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MARYSVILLE Games that are not played under the Friday night lights can be a little different from what a typical football fan might expect.
Case in point, the Marysville freshman team hosted Darrington JV. In a non-conference game penciled on the schedule, the teams faced off Oct. 15 on the M-P practice field. In addition to lacking stands, on this occasion, they lacked refs.
But it was still pure football.
M-P freshman coach John Mills called the game, an 18-6 victory for Darrington JV.
Two of Darringtons scores came in the first quarter. Early in regulation, sophomore quaterback Johnny Loughnan connected with sophomore fullback Adam Carter in the end zone. The Loggers went up 6-0 when M-P defender Jacob Blagg blocked the extra point attempt.
Midway into the quarter, Darrington picked up an M-P fumble. Sophomores Kris Kandt, Kolton Palmer and Cody Bryson helped the Loggers put together a running drive that culminated in a touchdown by senior halfback Ryan Cave for a 12-0 score.
The quarter ended with M-Ps Myles Tarran putting together a run into Darrington territory. When the second quarter picked up, the Tomahawks tried to keep the drive alive. Kyle Miller had a 10-yard run for a first down, but the drive ended on the Loggers 28-yard line when M-P was unable to convert on fourth down.
Despite going offsides on their first possession, Darrington took advantage of some big plays to put together another scoring drive. On a successive play, the Loggers snapped the ball to a back, who lateraled the ball to Loughnan. Loughnan lofted the ball to Carter for a 46-yard play, ended when Carter was brought down at the M-P 32.
Darrington was brought closer on a keeper by Loughnan for a key third-down conversion. Freshman quarterback Johnny Nash came on to complete the drive. He found Palmer and Carter on successive passes to give the Loggers their final score.
Rotating quarterbacks by quarter, M-Ps Stephen DiMascio tried to help put together a Tomahawk drive to answer Darrington. DiMascio followed a keeper with a pass to Brandon Barrett into coverage for a first down. The play was followed by runs from Kyle Miller and Ryley Caldwell.
Caldwell broke free to the Darrington five-yard line. In the last play of the quarter, DiMascio sought to pass into the end zone. Instead, he was picked off by Nash.
The final score came in the fourth quarter. After a third-quarter stalemate between the teams, Tarran almost single-handedly drove M-P down the field. A failed fake punt attempt by Darrington at the end of the third quarter put the Tomahawks on the Loggers 37-yard line.
Tarran followed a five-yard carry with a pass to Barrett, which brought the Tommies to the 10-yard line. Tarran notched M-Ps touchdown on a 10-yard run.
While M-P coach Mills said his team benefited from playing against different offensive models, both he and the Darrington JV coach approach the game with similar philosophies.
We try to establish the run and then the pass, Cam Ross said after the game. Ross and tight end Palmer credited the teams ability to pass successfully for their victory.
While the Marysville freshman are still in search of their first win, Mills said the teams season-long improvement was evident in their play against Darrington. One of his main objectives has been teaching the kids to play by instinct, rather than analyzing plays as they happen.
Mills added that he appreciated getting to play against the Loggers. For one thing, it gave his team a chance to play an older set of kids.
They were great kids, very polite, he added. Worked well with the fact that we didnt have refs. They were excellent to play against.

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