On Saturday, September 14th, Marlington High School’s Junior Varsity football team played Alliance in a seemingly uneventful game, but with a final score of 12-26, Marlington’s JV team proved itself successful against Alliance.
The first half of the game started off slow, with no points scored by either team until the second quarter, when Junior, Brendan Hamilton scored a touchdown but Marlington was unable to gain any more points after the score. Alliance followed suit with another touchdown, ending the first half with a score of 6-6.
The second half marked the beginning of both teams being more aggressive, with Marlington coming out on top. Near the end of the third quarter, Sophomore, Cooper Scarlott caused a fumble after the punt by Marlington, allowing Connor Evanich to recover the ball and regain Marlington’s control. Freshman, Caden McFarland took the opportunity provided by Scarlott and Evanich to score a touchdown for Marlington. Moving into the fourth quarter, Alliance got a touchdown but missed their opening for a two-point conversion, giving Marlington the ball. Alliance intercepted the ball from Marlington but was unable to capitalize on their advantage. After a big hit by Sophomore, Connor Evanich, Marlington intercepted the ball for a Pick-Six and a successful two-point conversion. Shortly after, a fumble recovery by Junior, Avery Hersher, gave the ball back to Marlington so they could score yet another touchdown by McFarland.
With an eventful second half, Marlington easily beat Alliance with a final score of 26-12. The junior varsity team will be playing at home against East Cleveland Shaw High School at 11 am on Saturday, September 21st.