Jabari Marshall said he did not want to talk any trash for this rivaly game between the Skyview Storm and the Columbia River Chieftains.
“I just go out and play. You can try to stop us. If you can’t, tough luck,” he said.
The Chieftains could not stop Marshall and the Storm Friday night.
Marshall scored six touchdowns and rushed for 101 yards as the Storm beat up Columbia River 42-0 in a non-league football game at Kiggins Bowl in front of a playoff-atmosphere crowd.
It was Skyview’s crowd that did all the screaming by the end of the night.
Marshall scored three touchdowns in the second quarter, breaking open a scoreless game after the first quarter.
And he was just getting started.
Marshall scored three more rushing touchdowns in the second half, and he also was a beast on defense with eight tackles, several quarterback hurries, and an interception.
“I like defense more,” Marshall said. “I like to hit people.”
He actually did that on offense, too. On more than one of his touchdown runs, he ran over and dragged Columbia River defenders into the end zone.
Not bad for a back-up running back. Marshall, a starting linebacker, had to spell running back Kalvin Johnson, who is not 100 percent after an injury last week.
“I knew he’d run hard,” Skyview coach Steve Kizer said. “Jabari just has a lot of passion. He practices like that, and that’s how he plays.”
His performance almost overshadowed the Skyview passing game. Quarterback Jordan Berni was 14 of 17 for 198 yards in the first half, dissecting River’s defense, setting up Marshall for his second-quarter touchdown runs of 12, 15, and 9 yards.
The Skyview defense was up to the challenge, too.
Columbia River’s only drive into the red zone came late in the first quarter. The Chieftains had a first-and-goal at the 3-yard line but could get no closer and eventually missed a field goal early in the second quarter.
“We had to stop them,” Skyview linebacker Xavier Norman said. “There was no way they could get in there. We were accepting nothing but a goose egg.”
The Storm (1-1) responded with a five-play, 80-yard drive for the 7-0 lead.
River never threatened again.
Jacob Dennis had two of Skyview’s five interceptions.
“The reason I got those picks is my defensive line,” Dennis said. “They got a lot of pressure on (River quarterback) Clayton (Frank). He was never comfortable.”
Up 21 at the half, the players said their goal was to get the shutout.
“We came back in the second half as if it were a zere-zero game,” Marshall said.
Kizer said he reminded his players how explosive the Columbia River athletes can be, and to not let them get back in the game.
The Storm listened.
“At halftime, that’s what we stressed,” Dennis said. “We wanted to come out and stop them. After we stopped them in the third quarter, they didn’t seem to have any life left.”
Marshall kept getting his number called on offense, and he kept coming up clutch for the Storm. He had a 2-yard run in the third quarter, then a 21-yarder early in the fourth to make it 35-0.
“I just followed my linemen,” Marshall said. “I just followed the big guys. I was hiding behind them and then I just scored.”
Marshall almost got his sixth touchdown with a defensive play, returning an interception to the River 5-yard line. He ended up scoring on a 2-yard run, but only after Skyview initially lined up for a field goal. Columbia River jumped offside, the ball got moved to the 2, and Marshall was sent in again, getting the game into a running-clock mode.
Columbia River (1-1) was held to 59 yards rushing. Frank led the team with 46 yards on 16 carries. Remick Kawawaki was held to 10 yards on six carries.
“Our defensive line was really big the whole game,” Norman said.
Almost as big as Jabari Marshall’s six touchdowns in a rivalry game.
SKYVIEW 42, COLUMBIA RIVER 0
C. River 0 0 0 0–0
Skyview 0 21 7 14–42
Sky — Jabari Marshall 12 run (Carter Johnson kick)
Sky — Marshall 15 run (kick blocked)
Sky — Marshall 9 run (Kyle Ponciano pass from Jordan Berni)
Sky — Marshall 2 run (Johnson kick)
Sky — Marshall 21 run (Johnson kick)
Sky — Marshall 2 run (Johnson kick)
RUSHING — Columbia River: Clayton Frank 16-46, Remick Kawawaki 6-10, Jayson Branson 4-13, Jonathan Branson 2-8, Terrell Bolton 1-1, Team 1-(-16). Skyview: Marshall 14-101, Kalvin Johnson 8-43, Forrest Russell 3-18, Jordan Berni 7-12, Kyle Oman 4-8, Xavier Norman 2-0.
PASSING — Columbia River: Frank 4-19-4-68, Jonathan Branson 2-3-1-0. Skyview: Berni 18-24-1-196, Mavericq Yamaguchi 1-3-0-9.
RECEIVING — Columbia River: Clark Bryant 1-46, Nathan Hawthorne 1-15, Dante Coleman 1-7, Elzie Thomas 1-4, Marcus Gaylor 1-0, Eli Evenson 1-(-4). Skyview: Daniel Thompson 4-52, Russell 5-44, Marshall 2-44, Anthony Chamberlain 1-27, Johnson 1-19, Josh Wilkerson 1-9, Jacob Dennis 1-6, Kyle Ponciano 4-4.