The John Marshall football team went toe-to-toe with Parma Thursday night at Byers Field, and played its best game of season. Marshall led through much of the first half, using strong defense and special teams to stun Parma. The Redmen, a playoff team last year, pulled away in the second half after trailing 14-12 late in the first half.
The Lawyers dominated special teams throughout the night. It started when they blocked Parma’s first extra point attempt in the first quarter. Then they stopped the Redmen’s two point conversion after their second TD — making the score 12-0 Parma.
The Marshall defense tightened on the next Parma drive, as Taevon Coles intercepted a Parma pass and returned it for a touchdown. Despite a steady drizzle, the Marshall sideline and fans were energized by the play. Kicker Ramesh Kafley added the extra point to cut the lead to 12-7.
The defense stayed tough on the next drive, forcing a Parma punt. The punt was blocked and returned by Cervonte White, electrifying the Marshall fans and putting a shock into the Parma faithful. Kafley added another extra point, giving the Lawyers a 14-12 lead that held until the final seconds of the half.
Parma scored in the final minute of the half to grab an 18-14 lead. The Lawyers again stopped the two-point conversion, and went to the locker room after playing their best half of the young season.
The defense continued to play tough in the second half, led by 12 tackles by Coles. Dwayne Stowers had 8 tackles; White had 7; Rashaun Willams 6; with five by Willie Branch. Parma added two more scores in the second half to make the final margin 30-14. Marshall stopped two more two-point conversions, making a total of five stopped conversions in the game.
The Lawyer offense struggled much of the night, despite 57 yards rushing from Coles. John Rhein Jr. was the leading receiver of the game, with 25 yards on three catches. The Lawyers return to the field Friday afternoon at Bump Taylor Field, where they will take on defending conference champion Glenville. The Senate League opener is scheduled to kick off at 3pm..
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