PARKERSBURG - Out of the playoffs proved no problem for host Parkersburg South Friday night as the Patriots exploded for 35 second-half points to cap an eight-touchdown run en route to a 56-19 drubbing of John Marshall at the Erickson All-Sports Facility.
Jordan Quiocho led South, finishing the season at 6-4, with three rushing TDs from 14, 28 and 39 yards and 122 total rushing yards, while Logan Cox rolled up 133 yards, including a 30-yard scoring burst, and Braxton Johnson sped 55 yards to paydirt.
The Patriots, though, were down 7-0 Friday after a 69-yard aerial strike for a Monarch touchdown following an interception by Jake Hicks as the scoring bomb went from quarterback Jeremiah Fromhart to wide-out Evan Magers just 2:10 into the game.
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Parkersburg South's Nathan Perkins, Kaenen Sorenson and Dakota Delong put the hit on John Marshall's Jeremy Betras Friday. The Patriots won, 56-19.
But South struck right back on Johnson's 55-yard TD dash, breaking loose through traffic up the middle, then outracing defenders to the end zone at 8:26 of the first quarter.
And the Patriots had just begun their scoring assault. Cox rambled 33 yards to the JM 14, and Quiocho immediately followed with a burst around the right side at 6:12 of the first to push South in front to stay, 14-7.
Then defensively, Quiocho recovered a Monarch fumble into the end zone to stymie the John Marshall offense at 2:44 in the opening period. The lone score in the second stanza belonged to Quiocho with a 28-yard scoring scamper at the 1:58 mark after Cox hammered for 16, 7 and 22 infantry yards on successive plays to give South a 21-7 lead at halftime, although Johnson intercepted in the end zone with 1.4 seconds left to thwart a late JM scoring threat.
Defense fueled the South offense in the third quarter to make the count an insurmountable 49-7 heading into the final 12 minutes of play.
A recovered errant JM lateral at the Monarch 18 led to quarterback Tyler Bolen lofting a 12-yard TD pass to Jordan Braniff at 10:26. Then Mack White's fumble recovery at the JM 30 set up Quiocho's 39-yard TD dash at 8:29, and Bolen took it in from 4 yards out at 5:50, followed by Cody Smith's 30-yard interception-return TD at 4:38.
Cox's 30-yard gallop for a TD made the score 56-7 at 11:51 of the final period before the Monarchs got two TDs in the last 7:24.
The game marked the end of Jon Bolen's six-year run at the helm of the Patriots with a 33-31 record.
The sure-handed Magers snagged nine receptions in the game for 165 yards for the Monarchs.