The Marysville football machine is well-oiled, and it’s not slowing down any time soon.
The latest team to step in the 4-0 Vikings’ path was Marine City, which falls to 0-4 after Marysville picked up a 56-32 victory on its home turf. While winning isn’t a new feeling to the blue and white, topping Marine City is, as it’s Marysville’s first victory over the Mariners since 2003.
It also marks the second time since 2003 the Vikings have started 4-0.
“I don’t remember (2003) at all, I was probably just chilling,” Marysville senior Jordan Jerome said.
If the scoreboard operator got paid on commission he would be a wealthy man after Friday. Marysville’s Dante Chrcek led the scoring parade with four touchdowns and Phill Griffor also added three for the Vikings.
For Marine City, Kohle Sobol and MJ Frank each scored twice.
“I’m feeling good — really good,” Marysville head coach Mark Caza said. “I’m just proud of the program, it’s been a long time … it’s been a long time, and we played well tonight in all phases.”
Marysville wasted no time putting the pedal to the metal, scoring on its first offensive play as Griffor dashed 55 yards for a 7-0 lead after 15 seconds of game time.
After the Vikings defense forced a three-and-out on Marine City’s opening drive, Marysville pieced together an 85-yard drive capped off on a three-yard run by Chrcek. Griffor also was huge on that drive, picking up 62 of his 142 first quarter rushing yards – yes, just the first quarter – on that possession.
Marine City responded on a 61-yard drive with Sobol bootlegging right for a seven-yard score, but a missed kick kept the Vikings lead at 14-6 with 3:40 left in the opening quarter.
On the first play of the second quarter, Chrcek and the Vikings grew their lead to 21-6 as he walked in a one yard touchdown. However, that lead shrunk again thanks to a drive helped by two Marysville penalties and a one-yard score by Sobol to bring the lead down to 21-12 less than two minutes into the second quarter.
The Mariners were building another drive after a Vikings three-and-out, but Vikings safety Dylan Kiger had other ideas as he intercepted Marine City and took the ball to its 31.
“That was huge,” Caza said. “I think we’re going to lose him for a week or two (from an injury on the play) … to run it back and punch it right back in, that was huge.”
Griffor then took it 19 yards to the house for his second touchdown and a 28-12 lead with five minutes left in the half, but the scoring was far from over.
Marine City grabbed momentum back with a three-yard Frank touchdown after Sobol connected with Dawson Haney on a 33-yard pass on 3rd and 10. It brought the game to 28-18, but only briefly.
Marysville put its exclamation point on the first half with Chrcek scoring his third touchdown from 24 yards out, making the halftime score 35-18.
Just like the first two quarters, the first offensive snap of the third quarter was a touchdown as MJ Frank powered his way 70 yards downfield for a Mariners score.A good kick by Jensen Houston cut the lead to 35-25 just 17 seconds into the half.
The Vikings answered again, capping off a drive with a 10-yard touchdown run to join the Vikings touchdown party. Once again, the Mariners scored on the first play from scrimmage on a 68-yard run by Haney to make it a 42-32 game.
With Marine City starting a drive after its defense stopped Marysville from scoring, Vikings linebacker Jordan Jerome intercepted Marine City to put the ball on their own 26 yard line.
“As they play was ending I just realized it was another opportunity to get the ball in our offense’s hands,” Jerome said.
That allowed Griffor to gets his third touchdown to start the fourth quarter to bump the lead to 49-32.
To add to the Vikings fun, Josh Holaway put Marysville back on Marine City’s 35 with a fumble recovery on the following kickoff. Two plays later, Chrcek ran 33 yards for touchdown No. 4 and a 56-32 lead with 11:03 left in the game.