Dragons leave Vikings wanting to forget Marshall

Forget tackling Del Sol running back Chris Marshall.

The Dragons’ junior standout barely let Valley’s defense touch him Saturday night.

The 5-foot-7-inch Marshall cut and juked past the Vikings for 321 rushing yards and four touchdowns on 26 carries to lead Del Sol to a 49-19 home victory against the Vikings.

Del Sol (2-1) opened up a 21-0 lead over Valley (0-3) in the first nine minutes of the game. Marshall scored 30-, 4- and 26-yard TD runs in the opening quarter. He racked up 152 rushing yards on nine carries in the first quarter alone.

Marshall’s first touchdown came on a toss to the right that he took off tackle before cutting back to the middle and blasting past two defenders to reach the end zone. He ran up the middle for his second score, then darted through the line and cut to the right corner of the end zone for his third TD.

He also had a 6-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Marshall has 586 rushing yards in his first three games, averaging 12.2 yards per carry.

Dwayne Kirkland carried 12 times for 76 yards and a touchdown for Del Sol. The Dragons totaled 434 rushing yards and only attempted five passes.

Valley battled back in the second half, closing to 35-19 on Koami Attila’s 29-yard touchdown run with two minutes left in the third quarter.

The Vikings then recovered an on-side kick and moved the ball to the Del Sol 15-yard line before Bryon Peeples fumbled at the end of an 11-yard run and Troy Miller recovered for the Dragons.

Miller also completed a 10-yard touchdown pass to Fateh Gill on a play-action call in the fourth quarter.

Peeples carried 10 times for 94 yards for Valley. Anthony Sanders rushed 16 times for 37 yards, and completed 8 of 20 passes for 103 yards and an interception. Attila totaled 55 yards on seven carries.

Del Sol’s defense sacked Sanders four times and forced two turnovers, including an interception on a tipped ball by Jason Meuir.