Tony Munos helps Tigers hold on to beat Weir, 36-34
Marietta jumped out to a big first half lead and then survived a furious second half comeback bid by the Weir Red Riders as the Tigers held on for a 36-34 win Friday night at Don Drumm Stadium.
Tiger senior Tony Munos put on an offensive clinic in the opening half as he scored four touchdowns as the home team pulled out to what appeared to be a commanding 29-7 lead.
Munos caught a pair of touchdowns from fellow senior Reece Gerber and also scored on a 30-yard run and an electrifying 91-yard kickoff return to seemingly put the Tigers in position to put the game in running-clock mode in the second half.
“Tony played a great game and a tremendous first half especially,” said seventh- year Tiger head coach Jason Schob. “He’s the type of kid that you try to get the ball in his hands as much as you can….it’s nice to have the luxury of having an athlete like him.”
After scoring just once in the opening half on a one-yard plunge by quarterback Anthony DiMatteis, the Rider offense looked completely different in the second half starting with their first possession when they used 10 running plays to go 55-yards capped by a Jamari Bass 3-yard touchdown run.
The Weir defense stopped the Tigers on their first second half possession and the offense went right back to work as they took 12 plays to travel 70 yards with DiMatteis connecting with Carson Yobaggy on the final play of the third quarter to turn what once looked like a blowout into a one-possession game at 29-21.
A 15-yard touchdown run by Tiger junior Zach Bartlett on the third play of the final quarter briefly stalled the Red Rider momentum, but the visitors answered with yet another scoring drive capped by a 16-yard pass from Dimattis to Gage Reitter.
After the second Tiger punt of the game gave the ball back to Weir, the Riders used a 44-yard flea flicker pass from DiMatteis to Yobaggy to move the ball to the one-yard line where freshman Corey Lyons carried it in to make it a 36-34 game with just over three minutes to go left on the clock.
Marietta needed at least a couple of first downs to put things away and the offense led by Bartlett was up to the task.
A five-yard run by Bartlett on first down followed by a six-yard quarterback sneak by Gerber notched one first down for the Tigers and back-to-back long runs of 11 and 58 yards respectively by Bartlett moved the ball deep into Weir territory where the orange and black were able to run the clock out in victory formation.
Schob was pleased with the way his team kept their composure in a game that easily could have gotten away from them.
“They (Weir) had played some really good competition so we knew they had the potential to be pretty good,” said Schob, whose team improved to 2-3 with the win. “We certainly didn’t play our best but our kids didn’t quit and when push came to shove we kept fighting and kept battling and found a way to win.”
Weir first-year head coach Frank Sisinni was obviously quite pleased with his teams effort in the second half.
“We are very proud of our kids… they battled and they showed so much heart in that second half,” said Sisinni, whose Red Riders fell to 0-4 with the loss. “We just can’t seem to find four straight quarters of football.”
Munos finished the night with 123 yards receiving on six catches while carrying the ball four times for 36 yards.
While most of the damage from Munos came in the first half, Bartlett did most of his in the final 24 minutes as he totaled 138 yards on 16 carries.
Gerber completed 12-of-17 pass attempts for 177 yards while rushing eight times for 25 more.
Despite the loss Weir piled up 400 yards of total offense led by Lyons with 19 carries for 97 yards and Bass who finished with 71 yards on 15 carries before being forced to leave the game in the second half due to a knee injury.
DiMatteis completed 15-of-18 passes for 207 yards and and a pair of touchdowns while Reitter hauled in a team-high six pass receptions for 84 yards.
Marietta will travel to Ripley next Friday while the Red Riders host Martins Ferry.
at Don Drumm Stadium
Marietta 36 , Weir 34
WHS (0-4) 0 7 14 13 — 34
MHS (2-3) 7 22 0 7 — 36
M: Tony Munos 56 pass from Reece Gerber (Dillon Meagle kick) 9:56, 1st
M: Munos 1 pass from Gerber (Meagle kick) 7:29, 2nd
M: Munos 30 run (Meagle kick) 3:25, 2nd
W: Anthony Dimattis 1 run (Gage Reitter kick) 1:28, 2nd
M: Munos 91 kickoff return (Weston Davis from Gerber) 1:14, 2nd
W: Jamari Bass 3 run (Reitter kick) 7:05, 3rd
W: Carson Yobaggy 11 pass from Dimattis (Reitter kick) 0.9, 3rd
M: Zach Bartlett 15 run (Meagle kick) 11:24, 4th
W: Reitter 16 pass from Dimattis (kick no good) 8:21, 4th
W: Corey Lyons 1 run (Reitter kick) 3:17, 4th
First downs 22 17
Rushes-yards 45-193 28-199
Passing yards 207 177
Total yards 400 376
Passing 15-18-0 12-17-0
Fumbles-lost 0-0 0-0
Penalties-yards 5-46 11-66
Punts-average 2-28.5 2-28.5
Rushing: W: Corey Lyons 19-97; Jamari Bass 15-71; Anthony Dimattis 9-13; Carson Yobaggy 2-12 ; M: Zach Bartlett 16-138; Tony Munos 4-36; Reece Gerber 8-25 ; Passing: W: Dimattis 15-18-2, 207 yards; M: Gerber 12-17-2, 177 yards ; Receiving: W: Reitter 6-84; Yobaggy 5-89 ; M: Munos 6-123; Tyson Shaffer 3-27; Donavon Wheeler 2-15, Bartlett 1-12.
Next games: Martins Ferry at Weir Friday; Marietta at Ripley Friday