Dover too much for Marietta, 49-6

Photo courtesy of Lisa Fisher Marietta’s Dominic Vanfossen (24) carries the ball during a high school football game against Dover Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium. Dover won, 49-6.

Tiger highlights were very few in Marietta High’s 49-6 setback to Dover High in an East Central Ohio League football game at Don Drumm Stadium Friday night.

“Dover’s special and a pretty good ballclub, and my hat’s off to them,” said MHS head coach Jason Schob.

The Tornadoes were quarterbacked by Alec Sayre, who completed 21-of-28 passes for 278 yards and three touchdowns. The 6-foot junior also ran for two short TDs.

Sayre completed passes to seven different receivers, and also was aided by a ground game that gained over 100 yards.

“They started a bunch of freshmen and sophomores a few years ago when we played them down here,” Schob said. “And, now those kids are juniors and seniors. They’re very good, and I think they’re a team that could make a little run in the playoffs.”

Photo courtesy of Lisa Fisher Marietta’s JJ Buffington (20) defends during a high school football game against Dover Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium.

Dover improved its record to 6-3 overall, while Marietta fell to 4-5 overall.

The Tigers were led by senior running back Dominic Vanfossen, who added to his 1,000-yards-plus rushing total on the season with 119 yards gained on the ground on 18 carries. He also had one reception for 16 yards.

MHS signal caller Corbin Alkire passed for 122 yards and one TD throw of five yards to Jermaine Burke with 2:56 remaining in the contest.

After Marietta received and punted on its first offensive possession of the game, Dover marched down and staked itself to a 6-0 advantage on Sayre’s one-yard QB sneak. Jack Deneher then kicked his first of six consecutive extra points to complete the score.

The Tornadoes’ lead bulged to 21-0 after Sayre thew two TD passes, one of 32 yards to Kaden Folkert and another of 11 yards to a wide-open Owen Poland.

Late in the first quarter, Marietta, thanks to a 50-yard run by Vanfossen, moved the chains to the Dover 16.

But there, the Tiger drive stalled and the home team turned the ball over on downs.

“We had glimpes of moving the ball against them,” Schob said. “But it just wasn’t consistent enough for a team like this.”

Early in the second quarter, Kyler Fokert ran 17 yards to paydirt to stretch the DHS advantage to 28-0.

Before the period was over, Sayre passed 13 yards to Jules Freeman for 6, and scored on his second QB sneak of the contest.

At halftime, Dover owned a commanding 42-0 lead.

With a running clock in the second half, DHS made it 49-0 on Peyton Burris’ 24-yard touchdown run with 37 seconds remaining in the third quarter.

Marietta averted a shutout in the final period when Alkire drove the Tigers to the DHS 5. There, the southpaw signal called rolled right and spotted Burke all alone in the end zone.

“I thought the kids played hard, but you can’t afford that many mistakes against a team like that,” Schob said.