Marian cruises to win over Miners
Marian made a huge statement with their 43-7 victory over Minersville.
Despite not having either of their first two options at quarterback, Marian moved the ball very efficiently.
The Colts opened up the game with a 10 play drive in which Anthony Agosti carried the ball eight times. Agosti picked up 53 of his 143 yards on this drive.
Dean Richards capped off the drive with a two-yard plunge.
"We've had three different starting quarterbacks this season, " said Marian head football coach Stan Dakoksty.
"We took care of the ball. Anthony came out and ran effectively. Our offensive line deserves a ton of recognition."
Richards took care of the ball and added a 40-yard touchdown scamper of his own late in the game.
The Colts never looked back after striking first.
The score at halftime was a 30-0 advantage for Marian. The first half included three Anthony Agosti scores.
As good as the offense was, the Colt defense needs to be recognized.
Minersville was not able to pick up a single first down in the first half against the first string Colt defense.
The young Colt defense held Minersville to just 98 yards of total offense and five first downs throughout the entire game.
"Our first team defense has not given up a touchdown in nine quarters," said Dakosty. "Sam Budusky and Stephen Hall are two kids who really stepped it up for us."
Let's not forget, this is the same Colt defense which struggled during Marian's 0-3 start.
"I'm real proud of my coaches and football team. We came a long, long way," Dakosty said.
Most of Marian's junior varsity squad was in by the third quarter. Coach Dakosty realizes these Colts cannot afford any more injuries.
The Colts were impressive without two of their best players. Star quarterback KJ Snerr is out for the remainder of the season; and Lukas Damian was scratched for Marian.
The Colts now have new life as they've ripped off four wins in a row.
This is a Marian team that has a chip on its shoulder and they're knocking on the door of district playoffs.
"We're playing smart and getting better every week. The work ethic which these young kids are showing this season is outstanding," Dakosty said of his team.
Minersville tried everything in their arsenal to find a spark for their offense. They had seven different ball carriers during the contest.
Minersville junior running back David Schultz was the lone standout for Minersville as he racked up 49 yards and a touchdown late in the fourth quarter.
"I have to credit this coaching staff and these young kids on this team," said Dakosty.
"Nobody gave up when we were 0-3. One guy goes down and someone else steps in and gets the job done," Dakosty said.
Dakosty said this game was a huge team win for Marian.
The Colts are now 4-3 and look to continue their win streak against Shenandoah Valley next week.