PARKERSBURG - There was a point midway in the third quarter where the outlook looked bleak for Parkersburg South.
John Marshall had just chewed nearly five minutes off the clock while scoring on the opening drive of the second half to move in front, 26-20.
Little did the Monarchs know that the Patriots had the makings of a productive offense and responded by scoring four of the next five times they touched the ball.
Photos by Jeff Baughan
Parkersburg South's Cody Smith runs for yardage against John Marshall Friday as teammates Logan Dilliner, left, and Brandon Moss block for him. The Patriots won, 42-32.
On homecoming night Friday at Erickson All-Sports Facility, South snapped a four-game losing streak after knocking off John Marshall, 42-32.
The Patriots finished with both a 100-yard rusher in Cody Smith (14-141) and a 100-yard receiver in Cody Boggs (4-111). South quarterback Garrett Gilkeson and Boggs hooked up three times for touchdowns, including a 65-yarder which kick-started the comeback trail. Gilkeson completed 10-of-15 passes for 170 yards with no interceptions.
The first quarter was a sign of things to come. Of South's three possessions, two resulted in touchdowns as Brendan Schwendeman scored from 5 yards out and Boggs hauled in a 14-yard touchdown reception.
The only time John Marshall was able to keep South out of the end zone, the drive ended in a missed field goal.
South then hit a wall in the second quarter. The Patriots ran a total of six plays from scrimmage for 30 total yards after fumbling twice and punting following a three-and-out on their final series of the first half.
The Monarchs took advantage of South's miscues and scored two touchdowns to even the score at 14 heading into intermission. John Marshall quarterback Noah Martin found Alex Whorton alone in the end zone for a 13-yard touchdown pass and Chase Gump scored from a yard out.
John Marshall, which lost for the second week in a row and slipped to 3-3, used 11 plays to drive 43 yards following the second-half kickoff. On fourth-and-1 from the South 7, Jimmy Michelucci ran the sweep to perfection and reached the end zone. South's Logan Dilliner blocked the point after and the Monarchs led 20-14 at the 7:13 mark of the third quarter.
On the third play into South's ensuing drive, Gilkeson dropped back and hit Boggs in stride for a 65-yard touchdown. Micah Boles' point after - one of six made on the night - put South in front to stay at 21-20.
After John Marshall failed to convert a first down, South struck again. This time the Gilkeson-to-Boggs connection resulted in a 10-yard touchdown reception.
John Marshall didn't go away quietly. In fact, in an odd twist of events defender Austin Skrzyenki ripped the ball away from South ballcarrier Smith following a 14-yard pickup and Skrzyenki converted the turnover into six points with 11:40 still remaining in the fourth quarter.
Despite the turnover - one of four given away by the Patriots - South continued to plug away and increased the lead to 35-26 on Schwendeman's 8-yard touchdown run.
Just for insurance, South tacked on one more score in the latter stages of the fourth quarter. The drive appeared to have stalled at the John Marshall 43. The Monarchs got a hand on the punt, but the Patriots recovered the loose ball beyond the line of scrimmage, which happened to result in a first down.
On the very next play, Smith raced 37 yards for the touchdown and a 42-26 cushion with 3:23 showing on the clock.
Gump, who finished with 126 yards rushing on 22 carries, scored the Monarchs' final touchdown at the 16-second mark.