From staff reports
DOVER - Marietta High plays one of the toughest prep football schedules in Ohio.
Half of the Tigers' 10 opponents are expected to compete in the season-ending playoffs.
PAT BURK Special to The Times
Marietta High’s Anthony Kimbrough (11) looks to elude Dover’s Demetrius Farmer (45) during ECOL football action at Crater Stadium Friday night. Dover won 48-0.
Dover, one of those foes, defeated visiting MHS, 48-0, in East Central Ohio League football action at Crater Stadium on Friday senior night.
Marietta, 1-8 overall and 0-4 ECOL, has now lost eight straight since defeating Morgan in its season opener.
The Tigers finished with 97 total yards of offense and just six first downs.
Dover 48, Marietta 0
at Crater Stadium
Marietta 0 0 0 0 - 0
Dover 7 21 7 6 - 48
D - Raber 18 run (Bravo kick)
D - Mick Fishel, 12 pass from Mason Mamarella (Bravo kick)
D - Wallick 10 pass from Mason Mamarella (Bravo kick)
D - Farmer 1 run (Bravo kick)
D - Wallick 75 kickoff return (Bravo kick)
D - Nowak 2 run (kick blocked)
First Downs 6 19
Rushes-Yards 32 270
Comp-Att-Int 7-14-1 15-21-0
Passing yards 65 203
Fumbles-lost 1-1 5-1
Penalty yards 35 70
Records-Dover is 4-0, 7-2; Marietta is 0-5, 1-8.
Dover, 7-2 and 4-0, extended its win streak to five.
The Tornadoes finished with 473 total yards and 19 first downs.
After Marietta received the opening kickoff, quarterback Anthony Kimbrough passed 16 yards to Connor Beavers, putting the ball in Dover territory. But the Tiger drive stalled, and they ended up punting.
Dover went on the move and got inside the MHS 10-yard line where it fumbled. Recovering the loose ball was Tiger junior Quinton Coffield.
On its second offensive possession, Marietta went three-and-out with a short punt deep in its territory.
It only took the Tornadoes two running plays of 18 yards apiece by 5-foot-8, 150-pound senior Brant Raber and a Felipe Bravo PAT to stake themselves to a 7-0 advantage.
Early in the second quarter, Dover stretched its lead to 14-0 when Mick Fishel caught a fourth-and-three, 12-yard pass from Mason Mamarella all alone in the end zone.
Later in the stanza, Mamarella hit Trey Wallick with a short, 10-yard scoring strike, and Dover led 21-0.
Just before the break, 6-2, 260-pound senior Demetrius Farmer scored on a one-yard plunge, and the Tornadoes owned a 28-0 halftime advantage.
Marietta had 41 yards of total offense (12 rushing, 29 passing) during the first 24 minutes of play.
In the third quarter, Wallick returned the second-half kickoff 75 yards all the way for a score, making it 35-0.
Capping all the scoring in the game, Nick Nowak ran two yards to paydirt late in the fourth quarter.
Mamarella was 14-of-19 passing for 188 yards and three scores. He also ran the ball 11 times for 87 yards.
Wallick hauled in six passes for 103 yards and the two scores, while Jonathan Fell caught four passes for 39.
Brant Raber rushed for 108 yards on 10 carries, including a 18-yard scoring jaunt. Demetrius Farmer and Nick Nowak also had rushing scores for the Tornadoes
Kimbrough was seven-of-14 passing for 65 yards and an interception by Dover's Devin Patrick.
Spencer Frum had 16 yards rushing to lead the Tigers.
Notes: On Dover's 2012 football roster, 22 of the 67 players are seniors...The Tornadoes have now won 38 consecutive ECOL football games...Going into Friday night's game, Dover was ranked No. 4 in Ohio Division 3, Region 11...Marietta has never won an ECOL football contest on the road in its two seasons in the league...Five of Marietta's 10 opponents this season could qualify for postseason play - Bishop Rosecrans, Zanesville, Dover, Gallia Academy and New Philadelphia...Marietta is scheduled to cap its season at Zanesville High at 7 p.m. next Friday.
Ron Johnston and Roger Metzger contributed to this story