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Howland only needs one TD to beat Bowher

Marrs leads Tigers to victory

September 28, 2013
By BRAD VanFOSSAN - Tribune Chronicle correspondent (sports@tribtoday.com) , Underthelights

HOWLAND - Despite having the area's leading rusher in Jaquore Marrs, the Howland Tiger offense has been far from prolific this season - averaging just 15.5 points per game.

And even though they had two losses on the year going into Friday night's game, the Tigers have been in every contest thanks in part to a defense allowing just 12.25 points per game. Friday night was more of the same - low scoring with big plays on defense - as the Tigers rallied to knock off Toledo Bowsher, 7-6, to improve to 3-2 on the year.

"Their defense played really well, they fought when they needed to, but our line also blocked well, and we owe the win to them," Marrs said.

Marrs, who now has 828 rushing yards this season after his 135-yard performance Friday, scored the only Howland touchdown from 10 yards out in the fourth quarter.

For most of the first half, Howland had trouble establishing the running game. The Tigers started to show some life, mainly through the running game led by Marrs, only to be slowed down by holding calls and a Bowsher interception.

On the other side of the ball, the Tigers defense let the Rebels drive deep into Howland territory on two occasions, but stood tall and kept the Rebels off the scoreboard as the half ended in a scoreless tie.

After both teams failed to score in the first half with field goal attempts - Howland a miss and Bowsher's attempt blocked - the Rebels struck first in the third quarter by going 33 yards, capped off with a 1-yard touchdown run by Steve Johnson. Bowsher led, 6-0, after a failed two-point pass attempt.

Midway through the fourth quarter, a 44-yard punt return by Howland's Victor Williams was wiped out by an illegal block in the back, and in addition to that penalty, an unsportsmanlike penalty also was called on the Tigers. Instead of starting the drive deep in Rebel territory, Howland started at its own 41. The penalties did not deter the Tigers as they went 59 yards behind some very hard fought runs by Marrs, who punched it in for the winning score from 10 yards out.

"We had a great team win against a great team," Howland coach Dominic Menendez said. "We made some mistakes, and penalties were our downfall, we just have to learn from them, there's no excuses. We fought hard, we won ugly, but we got the win."

The Tigers (3-2, 0-1 All-American Conference, American Division) will travel to Marion Harding next week.