Marshall Discusses Opening Night

Middletown lost a heartbreaker to St. Xavier 42-39 Friday night in Cincinnati at the Crosstown Showdown. Five-star Jalin Marshall shined in defeat, putting up eye-popping numbers.

Jalin Marshall was brilliant once again Friday night, although his Middletown squad lost a heart-breaker to St. Xavier 42-39 in the Crosstown Showdown in Cincinnati.

Marshall ran for 312 yards and threw for another 87, while scoring three touchdowns on the ground, and throwing one. His three scoring runs were 74, 64 and 65 yards, and all were electrifying in nature.

"It's very upsetting losing this game because we played so hard tonight," Marshall stated. "We played very hard, and to come out on the losing end to a great team is devastating, but we have to bounce back and keep working hard."

"We are a very tough team, and that's how we have to play every week," he added. "Every game we play will be a very physical game and we are going to get bumps and bruises. We just have the mindset that we will win the physical battles, and that should get us the victory."

Trailing 42-39 with less than a minute remaining, Middletown took possession on their own 15 and drove to the St. Xavier 3-yard line. On the final play, Marshall rolled left, then came back across the field before throwing a pass that was just too high for tight end Chance Sorrell.

"On the last drive, I had no doubt at all that we were going to score," he explained. "We got down to the five yard line and I just couldn't get it into the end zone for us. That's my fault. I tried to make something happen, but couldn't get it done."

"The last play I rolled left after faking the pitch, and I saw the defense rotate," he continued. "I thought I could get it into the end zone running, but they cut me off. I saw one of my receivers in the end zone and threw it, but he couldn't come down with it. We came as close as we could, without winning the game."

The five-star prospect is listed as the top prospect in Ohio for the class of 2013. He committed to Ohio State last winter.

"I will probably get to the game next week, but right now I don't want to think about myself and Ohio State," he stressed. "My focus is on my team and my teammates, and getting us ready to go next week. Ohio State is great and I love going there, but right now my team at Middletown deserves all my thoughts and energy."

Middletown needs to bounce back from this disappointment and not let this loss affect them next week. Marshall sees his job as the team leader to prevent any let down.

"We can be a great team, and we have to put this loss behind us and come back to work tomorrow morning," Marshall stressed. "My job is to make sure my teammates put this loss behind us, and we get ready for Springfield next week."

Marshall put on one of the top performances of any player in Ohio in the past few seasons, yet he wasn't impressed with his own showing.

"The yards mean nothing and that means nothing to me," he said. "We lost. I'm so disappointed right now that the yards and touchdowns don't even register, to be honest. I feel like I lost the game and this loss is on me. I just try to play hard and be patient, and if the yards come, that's fine. I never worry about personal stats at all, and I let other people worry about those numbers. Our offense allows me to do so many things, that the yards are going to come."

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