GLEN DALE, W.Va. - If there are any Brad Paisley country music fans in Washington County, Marietta High's football team scrimmaged his prep alma mater Thursday night.
The Adam Eichhorn-coached Tigers visited John Marshall High at Monarch Stadium in Glen Dale, W.Va., which is not far from Moundsville. The orange and black gridders were coming off a solid exhibition outing against Wahama at Don Drumm Stadium on the campus of Marietta College Aug. 17.
It's a little different, though, competing on the road, whether it's a scrimmage or an actual scheduled regular season game.
"John Marshall was a very good matchup for us," said Eichhorn, who guided the Tigers to a 1-9 overall record in his first season at the helm last year.
A Class AAA school in the Mountaineer State, the Rick Goodrich-led Monarchs have a little football tradition, having won the state title in 1996. The Vegas Brown-Gold team, though, struggled a year ago, posting a 2-8 mark.
With 18 returning lettermen, John Marshall is hoping to bounce back from this subpar campaign. Against Marietta High, the Monarchs ran basically out of a Pro-I offense and were in a 3-5 defensive alignment on defense.
The Tigers, as it turned out, were not at the top of their game. But fortunately, it was only an exhibition."
"We had a handful of mental miscues that we didn't have last weekend (against Wahama)," Eichhorn said, "But those are correctable things."
Eichhorn said he was impressed with Marietta's ground attack, which featured backfield people like Garrett Davis, Spencer Frum, Quinton Coffield, and Chance Wright to name a few.
"I wouldn't say that any one person stood out," the MHS coach said. "But our offensive backs ran hard all night and picked up some tough yards."
With no more football scrimmages on the slate, Marietta will be preparing this upcoming week for its season and home opener against visiting Morgan in a non-conference tilt at Don Drumm at 7:30 p.m. Friday. Last season, the Tigers' only win was a 41-35 come-from-behind effort against the Raiders in McConnelsville.
As far as Eichhorn is concerned, there are still a few questions that needed to be answered on the practice field.
"As for starters, we still have some competitions going on in a lot of position," Eichhorn said.
One of those competitions will be at the quarterback spot. Will it be senior Anthony Kimbrough or sophomore John Henry?
"We defintely have work to do this week in all phases to get prepared for Morgan," Eichhorn said.
NOTES: Marietta High was minus football kicker Brent Huck at John Marshall. Huck, an All-Ohio soccer honoree, was competing against Warren in the Tigers' season and home opener at the Devola Soccer Complex Thursday night. MHS dropped a 2-1 decision to the two-time defending district champion Warriors....Former Marietta High football standout Kyle Bronski is now a senior member of the Parkersburg Catholic team.