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1ST & GOAL Week 1: Reed’s play at QB, defensive plays lift Red Devils over stubborn and feisty Central Crossing, 22-20








Brian Haffele's Marion-Franklin Red Devils look like they will be a title contender in the always-tough City League South Division.


Ke'Zion Brown (2) Marion-Franklin QB looking to pass

Everybody before the game thought that the City League’s Red Devils would run all over the OCC Central Division’s Comets.

That is further from the truth!

The Comets, by playing Dublin Coffman, Hilliard Davidson, Marysville and Upper Arlington in that division, are battle-tested and are used to playing more talented teams.

Friday night, they showed that they could play with Marion-Franklin, eventhough they fell behind 22-7 in the 1st half. The Comets have some athletes with City League speed, athleticism and talent. Their only issues are costly mistakes, and lack of execution at times.

The Red Devils scored all of its points in the 2nd quarter. They tenh had to hold on to beat the feisty and stubborn Comets who kept coming and challenging for the win.

Marion-Franklin won the game because they got excellent QB play from Ke’Zion Brown (#2 pictured throwing ball), who finished with 14 of 21 passing for 202 yards and 2 TD’s to Deonte Wade and Yvonne Roberts.

The other Red Devils TD came on an electrifying 74-yard punt return by Roberts who out ran the Comets fastest players to score the eventual game-winning score.

The Comets starting QB Kameron Peck, a 5’10, 160-pound senior, who was picking apart the Red Devils defense with quick-hitter passing which kept his team moving the ball consistently. But after leaving the field several times with trainer’s assistance, who was ruled out with a possible concussion. He even led his team to the opening score of the game in the 1st quarter, with a 5-yard run at the 2:26 mark. After he left the game for good, the Comets were an up-and-down team. They stalled on three drives on downs and had two others stopped on interceptions by Jesse Johnson and Wade.

The Comets were led by tough-as-nails fullback 5’8, 190-pound senior Pierre France who rushed for 131 yards and had a 7-yard TD run.

Another solid player was WR/RB Anthony Lowe who caught a clutch touchdown pass from backup QB Andrew Deyarmon with 4:08 to go in regulation to make it 22-20. But the tying 2-point conversion run by France was stopped shy of the goal line.

In week 2, Central Crossing will stay playing City League competition, opening at home against the North Division’s Beechcroft Cougars. Marion-Franklin will play all of their pre-conference games against Central Crossing’s league foes; this week at Galloway Westland and in Week 3 at Reynoldsburg.



PHOTO CREDIT TO intern Toni Fisher