PLYMOUTH — Dylan Oxsen was a one-man wrecking crew for No. 15 Plymouth South.
The senior running back accounted for five touchdowns as the Panthers cruised to a 40-14 victory over Marshfield on Friday in their season opener at Plymouth South.
Oxsen rushed 12 times for 166 yards and three touchdowns, threw a 59-yard touchdown pass, and added a 70-yard interception return for his final score.
“He’s very special,” Plymouth South coach Scott Fry said. “He kind of took off where he ended last year. We’re pretty lucky.”
Oxsen had 2,100 yards and 40 touchdowns last season, but he had extra motivation Friday.
“We’ve been hearing all these things that we don’t have a good enough team this year, that we lost all of our players,” Oxsen said of last season’s 8-4 squad. “We knew that we could prove them wrong. We came out fast, we came out hard, just like we did last year.”
The Panthers scored on their first four possessions and took a 34-6 lead into the break.
Oxsen’s first touchdown came on a 9-yard rush that gave the Panthers a 7-6 edge with 6:30 left in the first.
After the Plymouth South defense forced a three-and-out, quarterback Rick Barnhardt pitched to Oxsen in the backfield as he headed right. With the Rams defense crashing toward him, Oxsen pulled up and hit a wide-open Dylan Anti for an easy 59-yard strike to build a 14-6 lead.
Oxsen said the pass was practiced during the week because the coaching staff noticed the Marshfield safeties played closer to the line when anticipating the run.
Oxsen’s best run of the day came on a third-and-12 play from Plymouth South’s 37-yard-line. He carried up the middle, shed two tacklers, and broke away from the defense en route to a 63-yard score.
“He’s real powerful, but has the speed to be able to pull away from people,” Fry said. “I think that’s probably the most unique thing about him is that he’s able to do both.”
Marshfield took a 6-0 lead on the second play when James Marzelli ran it in from 5 yards. But that was as good as it got for the Rams.