Marietta High looked like an offensive juggernaut when it defeated Rosecrans 53-7 in an East Central Ohio League football game at John D. Sulsberger Stadium last Friday night.
But then, every school that's played the winless and Division 7 Bishops (0-7 overall) this fall has.
Now, the Adam Eichhorn-coached Tigers (2-5, 1-1 ECOL) are scheduled to face a school similar to its own size (Division 3), New Philadelphia, this Friday at 7 p.m. at Don Drumm Stadium.
This will also be Marietta's homecoming game, and a Tiger victory could do some serious damage to the Quakers' playoff aspirations.
Currently, NPHS (6-1, 1-1) is ranked No. 7 in Region 9, with only the top 8 advancing to postseason competition. Marietta is No. 26 out of 27 schools in the same region.
So, the Tigers will be the underdogs, like they were last year when they fell 34-0 to New Philly at Woody Hayes Quaker Stadium.
Against Rosecrans, MHS was a pitbull as it chewed up 366 yards on the ground, and six different players scored touchdowns. Garrett Davis and Aaron Elliott each had two scores to help lead the way.
The Tigers only passed once in the rout when quarterback John Henry hit Conner Beavers with a 14-yard scoring strike in the opening period.
Also reaching paydirt for the orange and black were Chance Wright, Quinton Coffield, and Spencer Frum.
Marietta will probably have to put the pigskin in the air more against New Philadelphia, but then again, maybe smashmouth football is more suited to its style of play.
Defensively, MHS allowed Rosecrans just 174 yards of total offense, and recovered two fumbles.
While Marietta was winning, Matt Dennison-coached New Philadelphia was losing to visiting and undefeated Zanesville (7-0, 3-0), 28-14.
The Quakers and Blue Devils were tied at 7-all at the break, and it was even at 14 about midway through the final period until the visitors from Zanesville switched gears and scored 14 unanswered points to win the contest.
Needless to say, New Philadelphia will be looking to get back on track against Marietta.
New Philly QB Caleb Beans attempted 24 throws against ZHS, and running back Jamal Johnson rushed for over 100 yards, including one 63-yard sprint to the end zone. But then Marietta knows all about these two Quakers from last year's game.