HUNTINGTON - Once again, Marshall's defense gave its fans hope that yes, it will be a whole lot better than it was a year ago.
There were tipped balls, a few tag "sacks" and some good run-stopping. There was a "pick-six" touchdown by Riverside High graduate Raheem Waiters.
But there were some offensive highlights as well, such as:
"I can't wait to see him just get a ball and miss a tackler, and everybody in the world see his speed down the sideline," Cato said.
That drew "oohs" from the crowd, and it will give Thundering Herd players something to hoot about during weekend video sessions.
"We're were all looking each other like, 'Ohhh!'" Frohnapfel said. "That's one thing he can do that 'bad' to other teams."
At times, though, the defense reigned. Rushing-wise, the Herd averaged an even 3.0 yards per carry, with only two sacks dragging that figure down. Running backs Essray Taliaferro, Remi Watson and Steward Butler fought for 86 yards on 24 carries, an average just above 3.5 yards.
There were just two double-digit runs, the longest a 12-yard scramble by Frohnapfel.
The biggest thing that the defense did, perhaps, was break up 10 passes. Four came from cornerbacks, but about as many came from the defensive line - Alex Bazzie, Jeremiah Taylor and Gary Thompson twice.
And as the night went along, coordinator Chuck Heater's troops kept turning up the heat.
"We did a good job. I was happy with the tipped balls, the knockdowns, a couple of picks in critical situations," Heater said. "It was a lot of positive things."