MHS football team impressive in opening scrimmage

First-year Marietta High head football coach Jason Schob and his assistants had an opportunity to view a very entertaining gridiron film, one produced not in Hollywood but at Barnesville High, on Thursday.

At the Belmont County-based school, the Tigers played their first scrimmage of the season against the Shamrocks of Ohio Division 6, Region 21.

As far as Schob was concerned, the MHS performance deserved a thumbs up.

“After watching it for about an hour, we left feeling pretty good,” he said. “The kids played pretty good, and did a good job. We scored three touchdowns to their zero.”

Schob paused and smiled.

“We still have things to correct and work on,” the coach continued. “It was a first scrimmage.

“The most important thing, the kids were flying around, and communicating and working as a team. That was the biggest improvement I’ve seen.”

Senior fullback/inside linebacker Garrett Davis agreed and added, “We came out and everything clicked.

“It took a couple of plays to get into the football mode after the bus ride. But after that, we were hitting them. Our defense looked really good, and our offense, everything was just going good. The momentum from the defense would go to the offense, and it just kept progressing. They just kept progressing which we haven’t had in the last couple of years.”

As expected, junior John Henry and sophomore Trent Dawson took center snaps, respectively, for the Tigers. Each rotated and had 10 reps.

“I like the offense we’re running this year – a lot of movement.” Henry said. “Our line has definitely improved this year. They’re a lot more discipline and focused. We may not be that big in size but we make up for it in quickness and intelligence.”

That line helped spring Henry for a 40-yard touchdown run.

“That felt pretty nice,” he said, smiling.

Schob said he was pleased with the line play, and singled out center Darnell Kimbrough and left tackle Austin Yoak.

“Both graded out at over 90 percent,” the coach said.

Sophomore Aaron Elliott and junior Bernard Johnson also had TD runs of 70 and 60 yards, respectively.

“We got the ball to Aaron and Bernard,” Dawson said. “They took the outside. They’re quick enough. They’re fast. They can outrun most people every play.”

Schob said Marietta will still be more “run dominant” this fall, but was pleased with the big plays against Barnesville.

“We’re very fortunate this year,” he said. “We’ve got some kids if they hit a crease they can hit a home run at any time.”

MHS is scheduled to host John Marshall in a scrimmage at Don Drumm Stadium Thursday at 6:30 p.m.

“John Marshall’s a bigger school than Barnesville,” Schob said. “They’re a good team with a lot of people back from last year. It’ll be a good test for us.”