Marsh piles up yards in Titans' win
Dickinson Trinity's Brian Marsh expected to win the first game of his senior season. He just didn't think he was going to be the star of the show.
The 5-foot-10, 185-pound fullback rushed for 180 yards and three touchdowns on 10 carries to give the Titans a 47-0 victory over the Valley City Hi-Liners in both teams' Class AA season opener Friday night at Whitney Stadium.
"That's a first for me," Marsh said of the amount of yards he put up. "Our lineman definitely figured out who to block."
Marsh scored on runs of 50, 51 and 17 yards and opened up the scoring with a 6-yard touchdown reception to cap a seven-play, 58-yard opening drive and give the Titans a 7-0 lead.
"I was pretty surprised," Trinity coach Randy Gordon said.
Trinity came out strong and marched down the field in the first series. Then, its defense held the Hi-Liners to a four-and-out on their first offensive possession, forcing a punt.
Marsh broke free for a 43-yard run and it looked like he'd take it to the house, but Valley City defensive back Derek Elliot drug him down at the five-yard line. However, Marsh's run set up a 5-yard run by Dan Carr. Carr had 102 rushing yards on 14 carries.
"Marsh and Carr, they're going to be a force," Gordon said.
Marsh ended the first quarter with a 50-yard touchdown run.
Senior quarterback Tyler Barth went 5-for-8 for 81 yards and had five carries for 31 yards, including a 25-yard touchdown run in the second quarter.
"The running game opened up the passing game a little bit," Barth said.
Opening up the scoring also allowed Barth a couple of breathers and gave Randy Matthew Sisson an opportunity to play quarterback.
Sisson, one of the players who came to Trinity through its co-op with New England, had two big plays negated because of penalties.
Sisson hit wide receiver Jordan Rising on a pass over the middle for 50 yards only to have an offensive pass interference penalty called. Then, a holding call set off Sisson's 34-yard keeper on the following play.
Still, none of that bothered Sisson at the end of the game.
"It was fun," he said. "A lot better than losing."
Despite their offensive explosion for 322 total yards, the Titans' defense held their own in the shutout. The Hi-Liners finished with 40 total yards.
Trinity had six quarterback sacks. Senior defensive lineman Evan Krebs had a team-high two sacks.
"We saw what a good team does," Valley City coach Dave Corwin said. "We're a young team, we can't dwell on this."