Ligonier Valley routs Marion Center
Ligonier Valley felt it something to prove before Friday night’s Heritage Conference game. The Mounties left Weller Field with a 55-14 rout of Marion Center — and a statement to the rest of the conference.
Ligonier Valley scored on its three first-quarter possessions and added a defensive score to take a commanding 28-0 lead going into the second quarter.
The Mounties’ first drive took just six plays. Running back Brandon Boyd finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run. Boyd (eight carries, 114 yards) raced 73 yards for a score on Ligonier Valley’s second possession.
“We got back to basics,” Ligonier Valley coach Roger Beitel said. “Our emphasis was on focusing. We got back to the things we started with in camp.”
A 70-yard touchdown run on a reverse by running back Cody McMarlin (seven carries, 130 yards, 2 TDs) gave the Mounties a 21-0 lead. Cornerback Tyler Ulery capped Ligonier Valley’s first-quarter scoring with a 21-yard interception return.
Ligonier Valley had more than 400 yards rushing; the Stingers had 145. The Mounties limited Marion Center quarterback Ryan Lightcap to 2-of-10 passing for 40 yards. He threw two interceptions. Running back Rusty Bopp carried 15 times for 80 yards.
Boyd and McMarlin were not the only Ligonier Valley running backs to eclipse 100 yards. Jon Cotchen had eight carries for 121 yards and a score. Cotchen also caught quarterback Will Fennell’s only touchdown pass of the game, a 17-yarder.
“We were real excited … it was the first time we had three running backs go over 100 yards,” Beitel said.
Beitel alluded to some comments made earlier in the week that he felt were “disrespectful” to his players.
“I don’t understand why people need to say those things, but we had it on our bulletin board,” Beitel said. “Last I checked, we’re 7-0 and have a two-game lead on this conference.”