Grizzlies overtaken by Pirates in nonconference drubbing

A week after being humbled by Phoenix, the Ashland football team was exposed by Marshfield on Friday night.

The Midwestern Conference foe dropped Ashland to 1-2 halfway through its nonconference schedule with a 35-6 blowout at Walter A. Phillips Field.

Marshfield (2-1) used a 66-yard receiver pass to take an early lead on their second offensive play of the game and never looked back as the Grizzlies didn't find the end zone until the final play of the contest.

Moreover, the Grizzlies didn't even find the red zone until the final play.

"That's an embarrassing loss," said receiver Mason Costantino, who was one of the lone Ashland bright spots with a touchdown and 139 of Ashland's 165 receiving yards. "You have to give Marshfield some credit because they made some big plays, but we have some work to do."

Marshfield quarterback Kyle Tedder headed an option offense that picked Ashland apart, tallying 109 rushing yards on 16 attempts and 170 yards passing. The senior was responsible for three touchdowns.

Tedder capped Marshfield's second drive with a six-yard touchdown run after a 65-yard drive that spanned six minutes.

The Pirates took a 21-0 lead into halftime, and when play resumed Tedder kept the opening-drive going with first-down runs on two different third-and-long situations before finishing it with a 46-yard pass to Ryan Scoville.

"He's a difference maker," Ashland coach Charlie Hall said of Tedder. "Right now they have one and we don't.

"Because we don't have one guy that can make all the big plays for us, we need to play pretty flawless as a unit to be successful and we're showing signs but we have some things to clean up," he added.

Marshfield finished with 463 yards of total offense compared to 205 yards for the Grizzlies, including just 40 yards on the ground.

Many of Ashland's problems stemmed from an opposing line that featured four players listed over 260 pounds.

"There are certain teams that you match up better against, but I wasn't too concerned about their big linemen coming in," Hall said.

"I don't think we took them lightly or anything, but we have some young guys out there on defense and hopefully now they know the level they'll need to play at."

The Grizzly defense, which surrendered 20 first downs, was on the field for 11 minutes longer than Marshfield's and didn't force the Pirates to punt all game.

On a positive note, senior running back/defensive lineman Issa Shahin was in the lineup and contributed 45 yards on eight attempts and a game-high six tackles.

The Grizzlies' only score came with no time on the clock after the game was extended by a defensive pass interference call that set up Jake Scarminach's 41-yard bomb that found Costantino in the end zone. Scarminach finished 15-for-25 for 165 yards.

"We have to find a way to step it up and figure out how to make some big plays on both sides of the ball," said Costantino, who was about the only one talking in a silent Grizzly locker room.

"I definitely think we have the pieces, but there's nothing we can do except try to work harder next week I guess."

Ashland travels to Eugene to square off with Willamette next week, before wrapping up nonconference play against Springfield and Bend.

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