Gladstone mounts second-half rally, wins 36-25 at Marshfield on Friday
The Gladiators bounced back from four first-half turnovers to score 21 unanswered points in the second half and rally for a 36-35 non-conference road win over the Pirates at Pete Susick Stadium in Coos Bay.
Gladstone's Sebastian Peiffer rushed for 276 yards and three touchdowns, and Mason Scheehean added 123 yards and two TDs, including the go-ahead score on a 7-yard run with 10:11 to play in the fourth quarter.
Gladstone coach J.J. Jedrykowski called the performance a "slight improvement" over what he saw in the Gladiators' 21-6 loss at Banks in week one, but there is still significant room for improvement.
"You feel good about a win, so you don't think as hard about things," Jedrykowski said. "But then you get home and watch the film and you're going, 'Man, there are some thing that we really didn't do and they weren't good enough to beat us at it.'"
Gladstone got off to an impressive start when Scheehean broke a 71-yard touchdown run and Peiffer followed with an 80-yard TD run that gave the Gladiators a 15-7 lead.
But then the Gladiators turned the ball four times before halftime, twice on fumble and twice on interceptions, and Marshfield went on an 18-0 run capped by Josiah Niblett's 12-yard touchdown run to take a 25-15 lead into the break.
"We played a really good first quarter and then played probably the worst quarter of football I've seen in the second quarter," Jedrykowski said. "We didn't have to adjust much at half as far as scheme. We just had to adjust attitude and make sure that we weren't killing ourselves.
"We got a nice return on the second-half kickoff and went down to Marshfield's end of the field and from there we just played good football. Good enough to wear them down, anyway."
Gladstone quarterback Hudson Meyer was not called on to pass often, yet completed 3 for 5 passes for 46 yards, including a key 23-yard pass on third down to backup tight end Jude Ashpole in the third quarter when the Marshfield defense was hoping to get off the field.
Gladstone finished with 447 yards total offense to Marshfield's 235.
Marshfield quarterback Dom Montiel completed 13 of 29 passes for 130 yards, and Noah Niblett completed two passes for 91 yards, including a 38-yard touchdown pass to D.J. Daugherty in the first quarter.
Josiah Niblett was the Pirates' leading ground gainer with 17 carries for 53 yards and touchdown runs of 3 and 12 yards. Montiel and Noah Niblett also were sacked four times for minus-39 yards rushing, giving Marshfield a net total of 14 yards rushing on 21 carries.
-- From staff reports
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