WARREN – The Vikings are still in the MAC Gold hunt after a grey and gloomy, but victorious, day at Warren Woods-Tower.
Marysville took it to the Titans, spoiling their homecoming with a 35-0 win to move to 2-1 in the MAC Gold (4-2 overall). With Sterling Heights (3-0 MAC Gold, 5-1 overall) next up for Marysville, they can cause a potential three-way tie for first place with a win.
Marine City and Port Huron Northern are also 2-1 in conference, but they will play each other on Friday to see whose conference title chances stay alive.
“It gives you life, you know?” Marysville head coach Mark Caza said. “We knew if we played our game and things played out, there would be a balance (in the conference).”
The way Marysville lit up the scoreboard didn’t come in the classic, run-it-down-your-throat fashion. Instead, junior quarterback Phill Griffor threw for three touchdowns on 6-of-8 passing.
Junior running back Dante Chrcek also had two rushing touchdowns to go with his 75 rushing yards. Senior Ryan Ellul covered the most ground in the running game with 81 yards on 14 touches.
“We don’t usually throw that much,” Griffor said with a slight laugh. “Our offensive line really stepped it up after the first quarter. They weren’t expecting (Tower) to come out like that in the first quarter.”
The first quarter didn’t see any points, but it saw plenty of strong run defense by both teams.
The second quarter started with solid pass defense by the Titans as Joseph Shindler intercepted Griffor on the quarter’s first play. However, the Titans didn’t capitalize as they turned the ball over on downs.
From there, Marysville built a 65 yard drive that ended with a nine yard touchdown pass to Brandon Barber from Griffor. A two point conversion run was held short.
With time winding down it looked like the Vikings spoiled a big opportunity, throwing an interception in the end zone with less than a minute remaining in the half. However, the Titans fumbled on the next play on their three yard line, only to be scooped up by Jake Lasher who stepped it into the end zone.
Dante Chrcek punched in the two point conversion run, making it a 14-0 Vikings advantage heading into halftime.
The Vikings started the second half with a bang, capping a 50 yard drive with a 35 yard touchdown pass from Griffor to Kyle Cook, making it 21-0 after the extra point kick.
The Vikings then made it 28-0 on their next drive, ending with Griffor hitting a wide-open Bradie Reary for a 48 yard score.
Marysville defensive back Dylan Kiger kept the tough times for the Titans going as he intercepted the ball in Warren Woods-Tower territory. That helped Marysville put the running clock rule into play as Chrcek made it 35-0 with a one yard run on fourth and goal.
Marysville looked like they were going to increase their lead in the fourth quarter, but a fumble four yards away from the end zone kept the scoring capped at 35-0.
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