Marietta High would like nothing better than to spring a couple of ambushes at Don Drumm Stadium in its last two games of the 2013 campaign.
It'll be a challenge to say the least, but anything is possible on the prep gridiron. Just look what happened last Friday night when the Tigers' Washington County arch-rival Warren upset Gallia Academy 31-21 in Gallipolis.
MHS, 2-6 overall and 1-2 in the East Central Ohio League, is hoping to do the same to visiting Dover High this Friday at 7 p.m.
JORDAN HOLLAND The Marietta Times
Marietta High quarterback John Henry looks to run against New Philadelphia in an East Central Ohio League football game at Don Drumm Stadium last Friday night.
"Dover is another top tier team in the state," said Marietta head coach Adam Eichhorn.
After the Tornadoes, who are ranked No. 6 in Division 3, Region 9 with a 6-2 overall mark (2-1 ECOL), the Tigers are scheduled to host undefeated Zanesville on Nov. 1 in the their season finale.
Make no mistake about it, the ECOL is for the most part a tough football league.
Last Friday night, Marietta played New Philadelphia (7-1) in its homecoming game and suffered a 63-16 setback. Thing is, the Tigers were 16 points better than last year when they were blanked 34-0 by the Quakers.
"Last week (against New Philly) we were able to move the ball offensively," Eichhorn said. "We just couldn't finish or sustain those drives."
During first-half action, Marietta's Brent Huck kicked a 27-yard field goal, and quarterback John Henry hit receiver Grae Setterstrom with a 14-yard scoring strike.
In the fourth quarter, MHS running back Garrett Davis ran six yards to paydirt to cap all the scoring in the contest.
Senior Quinton Coffield led the Tiger offense with 37 rushing and 57 receiving yards. Henry finished with 102 passing yards and one TD.
On defense, Marietta struggled, giving up 28 first-quarter points to the Quakers. The Tigers will need to get off to a better start against Dover.
"Defensively, we had a lot of opportunities to get off the field on third down, but couldn't quite get the job done," Eichhorn said. "This week, we must emphasize finishing those drives and stepping up on third downs.
"Against Dover, or any team, those are two of the biggest pieces to the puzzle of winning. Our guys are capable of making those plays and if we can do that, we will be in a position to win."
Meanwhile, over in Coshocton last Friday night, Dover was drilling the Redskins (1-7, 1-2), 53-0. The Tornadoes' Cory Contini had had 122 receiving and 91 rushing yards while also scoring three touchdowns, one on a 59-yard punt return.
QB Merrick Mamarella, 16-of-22 for 281 yards, also passed for two scores and ran for another.
Braeden Uebel added a 13-yard TD run and Dylan Wagner had a 53-yard score in the fourth quarter