Trojans

A crisp Maroa-Forsyth blasts Argenta-Oreana

2012-09-29T01:15:00Z 2012-09-29T16:54:00Z A crisp Maroa-Forsyth blasts Argenta-OreanaBy JUSTIN CONN H&R Staff Writer Herald-Review.com
September 29, 2012 1:15 am  • 

ARGENTA — Maroa-Forsyth has had a difficult two weeks off the field. But on the field, the Trojans are stepping on their opponents’ necks and not letting off.

After taking a 40-0 lead against Meridian last week, Maroa led 28-0 after the first 12 minutes against Argenta-Oreana on Friday on its way to a 41-6 win.

Jack Hockaday was nearly perfect for the Trojans (5-1, 2-0 Okaw Valley Blue), completing 17 of 19 passes for 236 yards and two touchdowns. Only two of those passes came in the second half. Hockaday said Maroa getting left out of the group leaving the Okaw to form a new conference last week, then finding out it’s being investigated by the IHSA because of its transfers this week hasn’t shaken the Trojans’ focus. In fact, Hockaday said, if anything it’s locked it in.

“We’re a team and we’re always going to stick together — we’re not going to let that other stuff bother us,” Hockaday said. “I’d say it gives us a little motivation.”

But coach (and athletics director) Josh Jostes said the Trojans’ improved play from early in the season is due more to an inexperienced team jelling than a chip on their shoulder.

“Our kids just line up and play football,” Jostes said. “It’s a little more stressful for the athletic director and principal. But for the kids? Have you seen that performance before out of them? It wasn’t any different tonight than it ever was. It was a big game, the lights were the brightest and our kids showed up and played.”

Hockaday called it Maroa’s “crispest” performance of the year, but the Bombers contributed to the lopsided score by more or less handing the ball to Maroa deep in their own territory on each of their first two possessions. The first came on a Gage Eller fumble caused by a Curt Beckman sack. The second came on a botched pitch. Jordan Bond, who had four touchdowns, scored on a 38-yard pass and a 3-yard run to cash in the fumbles.

Argenta (3-3, 0-2) finished with five turnovers; Maroa scored after four of them. It was another step back for Argenta, which suffered its second blowout loss in a row after falling to A&M 41-12 in Week 5.

“We gave them two scores — just gave it to them,” Argenta coach Chad Eisenmenger said. “It was the same story, different week. One play against a team like that early in a game, you just can’t recover from that. You can’t come out and do those things against a great football team like Maroa.”

Justin’s take

What stood out

Hockaday has put up good numbers all year, but against Argenta he looked like Logan Stelzriede 2.0. Most of his 17 completions were quick drops where the ball was out and in the receivers’ hands before Argenta defenders could even react. He completed passes to five different receivers and every ball was thrown with a purpose — a marked improvement from the last time I saw Maroa play (Week 2 vs. Tolono Unity), when he looked comfortable running but timid throwing.

Absent

On the day it became public the IHSA was looking into the transfer of five athletes from Mount Zion to Maroa — including three on the football team — two of the three transfers played and contributed.

Bond rushed 14 times for 73 yards and three touchdowns, and also had three catches for 33 yards and a touchdown. Justin Mikeworth had 12 yards rushing and recorded two tackles, including one for a loss.

The other transfer, Brock Elliott, didn’t play. According to IHSA assistant executive director Matt Troha, the investigation is still ongoing and no Maroa players have been suspended.

“Coaches’ decision — no issues,” Jostes said of Elliott.

Injury update

Argenta was beat up going into the game, and came out of the game even worse.

Ryan Redpath (broken fibula) kicked Argenta’s extra point, but still wasn’t available at receiver or defensively. Running back/kick returner Austin Wenskunas (concussion, separated shoulder) was also out. Then quarterback Gage Eller was knocked out of the game with a concussion.

Eisenmenger said he wasn’t sure any of them would be available for next Friday’s game vs. Meridian.

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  1. john sheary OD
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    john sheary OD - October 02, 2012 12:05 am
    Best game I have seen from the M-F offense yet. The O-line blocking is improving very nicely. Jordan Bond is running with the football with more power & speed. Jack Hockaday's passing is improving nicely, I especially liked him getting the ball released so quickly, yet more accurately. The defense as always was its stellar self. Curt Beckman, Justin Mikeworth, & Jack Hockaday certainly make a terrific trio @ LB. Drew Aschermann, Clayton Zilz, & Drew Fredridkson continue to play excellent coverage & run support. The D-line anchored by Aaron Sill & Jacob Ejanskowski continue to penetrate & keep the opposing O-line occupied. May the Trojans have an excellent week of practice, stay healthy, & have a great Friday evening game hosting the Tuscola Warriors. Go Trojans! Fight On!
  2. Steelmen40
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    Steelmen40 - October 01, 2012 9:58 am
    Bond left the MTZ FB TEAM in the PRESEAON after getting injured and then transfered shortly thereafter. I think that would mean he left the squad the middle of August 2011 after getting hurt and then his family decided to transfer to Maroa. Seems clear to me. The other 2 transfered in the spring of 2012.
  3. tdog
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    tdog - September 30, 2012 9:23 pm
    yea they all live in the same house.. REALLY. people get a CLUE ok. These families all bought homes or whatever in the MF school district ok. Some of these families have been in the school district since last spring.. Get a clue.. People are soooo Jealous that MF has a good football program and good school. get over it. Worry about your own schools and how u can get better ok.. WORK hard. Hire better coaches, Work in the off season.. Thats what the kids at MF do and the coaches.. Its not hard but takes time and u have to WANT to do it. MF would have had a very good team regardless if they had kids transfer in or not!!! Thye have a GOOD program and gooood coaches that care... PLZ... People leave all the time from schools to move to other towns and different schools. WOW.. Quit crying and get u programs better ok!!!
  4. phil_dikeman
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    phil_dikeman - September 29, 2012 7:20 am
    "Transfers"from Mt. Zion to Maroa/Forsyth?...I'm confused...did they (and their families) all move to the area at the same time?...isn't THAT strange?.....
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