MOUNDSVILLE - Parkersburg South and John Marshall each entered their Friday night game needing a victory, but for totally different reasons.
Coach John Bolen's Patriots were hoping for a victory to improve their playoff positioning while interim coach Bob Triveri's Monarchs were looking to take advantage of their last chance to break into the positive column in 2011.
As it turned out both will now have to sit and wait - South on where it will play its first round Class AAA playoff contest, and John Marshall for 2012 for another opportunity for victory.
John Marshall’s Thomas Schwing (11) tries to avoid the grasp of Parkersburg South’s Christian Whitlatch (88) during action of their game Friday night.
Junior running back Jordan Quiocho rushed for 182 yards and two scores on nine carries, and the Patriots ripped off 392 yards on the ground in preparing for the postseason with a 46-19 thrashing of John Marshall at Monarch Stadium.
Bolen's Parkersburg South squad finishes the regular season with a 6-4 mark and entered the week sitting in the No. 13 spot in Class AAA.
Meanwhile, John Marshall ends at 0-10 and can now begin the search for a new head coach, and a fresh start to the program.
''I took over in a tough situation and this team just never took my personality,'' Triveri said. ''I really just didn't have enough time to do some of the things I would have liked to do."
South made it look easy on its first possession, moving 66 yards on five plays with gains of 10, 15, 17 and Quiocho's 23-yard scoring burst off the right side with 10:10 still showing.
A fumble on John Marshall's first offensive play put it in an even deeper hole, setting the Patriots up at the 15.
Following an incomplete pass, senior Jacob Douglas took the same path to the end zone that Quiocho did three plays earlier at 9:38.
The third different Patriot to score, junior Logan Cox zipped to paydirt from 18 yards out with 9:29 to go in the half. The only plus for the Monarchs to that point was a missed PAT that left the score at 20-0.
South struck quick again to begin the second half. On its first offensive play Quiocho burst straight up the middle and raced 73 yards for a touchdown with the point-after making it 27-0 at 10:18 of the third.
John Marshall dented the scoreboard midway through the third thanks in large part to a pair of nice passes from Aaron Fonner to Jake Lucas, two 15-yard penalties and a 1-yard Thomas Schwing touchdown run.
The PAT failed and it was 27-6.
A 34-yard Tyler Bolen to Jessiah Fickiesen touchdown pass late in the third quarter with Boles PAT made it a 34-6 margin.
John Marshall got that score back with 9:53 to play when junior Evan Magers hauled in a tipped pass and raced 32 yards for a score.
The try for 2, however, failed.
South added another Fickiesen touchdown in the fourth before Fonner returned a fumble 48 yards for the hosts with 6:28 to play. Jenna Ingram converted the point-after to cut the deficit to 40-19.
At one point late in the fourth quarter, both teams had carried the football 28 times, but the Patriots had accumulated 305 yards while the Monarchs had only 37.
''I think we did a lot of good things in this game, including manage the football well,'' Coach Bolen said.
''I am very happy with our offensive line and our running backs, who all split time and did a good job.
''Tyler (Bolen) also did another outstanding job running the offense. We are a good football team that has worked hard.
"We had a lot of new kids coming into the season, but we got contributions from a lot of kids also.
''It doesn't hurt anything when you have good jayvees and a good second team that beats on the varsity and makes them work for everything in practice.
''My hat is also off to Coach Triveri for having his team ready to play hard. He really is a class act for stepping in the way he did in that situation and those kids over there should really appreciate what he has done for them.''