MOUNDSVILLE - The Potters were unable to steal the Monarchs crown.
The John Marshall football team amassed 337 yards, and the Monarchs scored at least one touchdown in all four quarters as John Marshall defeated East Liverpool, 34-14, Friday night on Homecoming at Monarch Stadium.
With the win, the Monarchs are now 2-2 on the season. The victory gave John Marshall back-to-back wins for the first time since the 2007 season.
East Liverpool's Stefan Yoho reaches for a touchdown on Friday against John Marshall. (Photo courtesy of Jimmy Joe Savage)
The loss drops the Potters to 1-3.
The Monarchs did most of their damage through the air as quarterback Jeremiah Fromhart threw for 291 yards and three touchdowns. John Marshall was limited to 46 yards on the ground on 34 carries.
"Our goal was to make them put it in the air,"
second-year East Liverpool head coach Rick Prescott said. "They are a team that likes to establish the run, and our goal was to make them put it in the air."
John Marshall scored the final 14 points of the game to break open a close game.
"I felt we needed to take what they were giving us," first-year John Marshall head coach Rick Goodrich said. "They were stuffing our run up the middle, so we had to throw the ball. Our quarterback made some good decisions. Our receivers ran well with the ball after the catch. It was a good team win."
While the Monarchs had plenty of success through the air Friday night, the same could not be said for the Potters. East Liverpool managed just 87 yards passing, and the John Marshall defense intercepted sophomore quarterback five times.
"We knew East Liverpool was going to have hard kids," Goodrich said. "We knew they were going to be tough kids. They were physical. We knew we had to prepare for a fight.
"They are a young team. Coach Prescott is doing a good job with them. They don't have a lot of seniors. They have a good group of juniors. Their quarterback is good. Their running back runs well. Their linebackers are physical. They have a nice ball team.
"I'm glad we were able to come out of here with a win."
East Liverpool finished the game with 214 yards of total offense. The Potters ran for 127 yards in the game.
Stefan Yoho led the way on the ground for the Potters with 108 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.
Zack English was the team's leading receiver. English hauled in four passes for 38 yards.
John Marshall opened the scoring when Fromhart hooked up with Kolt Galentine on an 11-yard scoring strike. Austin Litman's extra point made the score 7-0 with 4 minutes left to play in the first quarter.
The Monarchs added to their lead in the second quarter. Fromhart plowed his way into the end zone from the 2 making the score 13-0. The 2-point conversion pass fell incomplete keeping the score at 13-0 with 9:53 left to play before halftime.
The Potters answered the Monarchs' score with one of their own. Yoho capped the drive with a 3-yard run on 4th-and-goal. Justin Barr's PAT made it 13-7 with 6:15 left to play in the stanza.
John Marshall added to its lead when Fromhart burrowed his way into the end zone on a quarterback sneak from the 1. Litman's kick split the uprights making the score 20-7 with 9:05 left to play in the third quarter.
East Liverpool answered once again.
John Miscuk busted through the Monarchs' defense for an 11-yard scoring scamper in the middle field. Barr's conversion kick made it 20-14 with 4:25 showing on the clock.
The Monarchs regained control of the game when Fromhart hooked with a wide open Zach Winland for a 64-yard touchdown down the sideline. Litman's extra point put the hosts up 27-14 with 2:52 left to play in the third.
The Monarchs extended their lead in the fourth.
Gary Magers scored on a 15-yard pass from Fromhart's and Litman's PAT put John Marshall up 34-14 with 5:01 left to play in the game.
Magers finished with five receptions for 94 yards Galentine hauled in three passes for 78 yards.
R.J. Kibert led the way on the ground with 27 yards on 11 carries.
Goodrich was the head coach at Cambridge last season, and he led the Bobcats to a win over the Potters at Patterson Field.
"He runs his stuff," Prescott said. "We knew what to expect. It turned into a chess game."
East Liverpool goes on the road Friday night to play at Hubbard. John Marshall is scheduled to play rival Wheeling Park.
"The one thing is our kids play hard," Prescott said. "I say that every week, but it is the truth. They come to play every game. One day the ball will bounce our way, and all of their hard work will start to pay off."