MARLINGTON — The Miami Trace Panthers made the very long trip into northeastern Ohio to take on Marlington Dukes for week four of the 2019 football season Friday night.
Marlington won the game, 52-19.
Miami Trace is now 2-2 on the season.
The Dukes improve to 2-2 on the year.
“Marlington is a good team,” Miami Trace head coach Jerry Williams said. “We knew we’d have to play well to compete with them.”
The result was disappointing, according to Williams.
“It was one of those things,” Williams said. “We should have stayed on the bus. We made mistakes that just (compounded) and made things worse.
“We had a lot of turnovers,” Williams said. “We didn’t play well at all. We didn’t play as hard as we should have.
“We’ll look to put this one behind us,” Williams said. “We’ll get back to work next week and get ready to take on Western Brown.”
Marlington took a 10-0 lead before the Panthers scored.
“We just kept creating turnovers and giving them a short field,” Williams said. “They punched in some quick ones.”
At one point, the Panthers had Marlington deep in their own end, but the Dukes were able to march down and score without benefit of a short field.
Caden Sweitzer had a 34-yard touchdown for the Panthers in the first quarter. Justin Shoemaker made it 10-7 with his extra-point kick.
Marlington led 45-7 when Austin Carpenter scored on a two-yard run. The point-after touchdown kick was no good.
Carpenter scored on a 24-yard run, the final score of the game, coming with 4:54 to play. The Panthers tried a two-point pass, which was no good.
Miami Trace will be back at home for Homecoming next week against Western Brown.
Western Brown fell to 0-4 on the season after losing to Jackson Friday night.
Marlington will play at Carrollton next week.
In other games Friday involving Frontier Athletic Conference teams, Jackson improved to 4-0 with a 56-21 win over Western Brown. East Clinton defeated McClain, 26-7. McClain is now 1-3 on the season.
The Washington Blue Lions improved to 3-1 with a 33-0 win over Ponitz.
Hillsboro moves to 3-1 with a 14-9 win over Williamsburg and Chillicothe falls to 1-3 with a 48-15 loss to Columbus Centennial.
Editor’s note: There will be more on this game next week in the Record-Herald.