Taylor’s has record day in MHS win
MARIETTA –Marietta executed its pin-and-pull offensive scheme to perfection Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium, as senior Chase Taylor rushed for a school record 332 yards in a 52-34 win over rival Warren.
Taylor accomplished the feat on just 19 carries, scoring four touchdowns on runs of 64, 63, 76 and 18 yards. On several of his carries, Taylor ran a sweep to the outside and cut back toward the middle of the field, often shedding tackles and outrunning the defense.
“It’s a pin-and-pull scheme,” explained MHS head coach Jason Schob. “Whatever the defense does, we either go inside or outside. Chase has a read key and goes from there. He did very good job of reading it. He was patient with his blocks and as soon as he found a crease he would go.”
On setting the program’s single-game rushing mark, Taylor said “It all starts up front. … The O-line played great. I wouldn’t be able do anything without them. It’s all about the O-line. Up front, they dominated and I reaped the benefits.
“(The record) means a lot. There’s a lot of good guys that came through before me. It’s pretty mind-blowing. It’s awesome.”
Taylor’s four touchdowns provided the bulk of Marietta’s points, but Corbin Alkire’s 1-yard TD run at the 5:02 mark in the first quarter opened the scoring. Later in the period, Taylor’s 64-yard scamper made it 14-0.
Warren’s Evan Gandee answered and got the Warriors on the board on the ensuing kickoff, running 99 yards to the end zone. The extra-point was blocked by Scott Offenberger to make it 14-6.
Marietta (2-0) responded on its next possession, driving all the way to Warren’s 16-yard line before Tony Munos ran in for a touchdown to make it 21-6. Gandee and the Warriors had another answer, as quarterback Kurt Taylor found the junior receiver for a 50-yard scoring strike with 6:38 left in the first half.
Chase Taylor struck again, though, scoring on 63-yard burst on the first play of the Tigers’ next drive to make it 28-13 at halftime.
“Hats off to (Marietta),” said Warren head coach Matt Kimes. “They have a couple good running backs who are experienced and know what they’re doing. We fought like heck to give them a game.”
Warren (1-1) got the ball first to open the second half and scored quickly on a double-pass play as Kurt Taylor threw a lateral to Brandon Simoniette who connected with a wide open Gandee down the sideline for a 41-yard touchdown to make it 28-20.
Again, though, Warren had no answer for Chase Taylor, who sprinted 76 yards for a touchdown on the first play of the ensuing drive.
The big plays kept coming as, on the first play of Warren’s next drive, Simoniette hauled in a 74-yard TD pass from Kurt Taylor to make it 35-27. Simoniette, finished with nine catches for 198 yards and three total touchdowns.
“He’s a special kid,” Kimes said. “We try to put him in situations where he gets the ball in space. He played hard, fought through some injuries. There’s multiple guys making plays. Evan’s making plays. Running backs are running hard.”
Marietta got a 30-yard field goal from Sean Fournier at the 3:18 mark in the third quarter to go up 38-27, and Chase Taylor’s fourth TD of the day with 6:49 left in the game made it 45-27.
Marietta came up with a couple key defensive plays in the final period, including a fourth-down stop on a 4th-and-2, a forced fumble on a kick return by Cole Alkire and an interception by Cyrus Rhodes.
Marietta made it 52-27 on Kory Science’s 22-yard TD run with 2:22 left in the game. Warren answered with a 73-yard TD pass from Kurt Taylor to Simoniette, but that was it.
Marietta finished 558 total yards of offense, including 485 on the ground.
“We actually didn’t know what we were going to do gameplan-wise,” Schob said. “We thought we would try to establish the run early on and we were successful so we stayed with it. Chase did a great job making the first guy miss and getting into space and using his speed. And a lot of the credit goes to the guys up front. They created some holes, which you have to to be able to run the ball like that.”
Kurt Taylor finished 15 for 23 for 265 yards and four touchdowns through the air to lead Warren’s offense. Gandee had three catches for 98 yards. Marietta essentially shut down Warren’s running game, holding them to 22 yards on 17 attempts.
Munos carries nine times for 60 yards for MHS. Science had 46 yards on five rushes, while Corbin Alkire had 54 yards on 13 carries and was 7 for 10 for 73 yards passing.
Marietta plays host to Williamstown next Friday while the Warriors return home to face Meigs.
“I told the kids after the game that this game doesn’t break us if we don’t let it,” Kimes said. “Our job is to continue to try to go 1-0 each week. If we can put up 1-0s from here on out, we’ll still be in a place to have a successful season.”