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Leavitt carries the load for 2-0 Eagles

Tuesday, September 12, 2006

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Kevin Leavitt is a workhorse running back and also serves as kicker for the undefeated Eagles. Here, Leavitt pauses to change shoes prior to kicking in a recent game. Leavitt scored two TDs and kicked three PATs to lead MMC to victory Friday. Photo by Paul Struck.
MARCUS - The gritty Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn football team scored touchdowns in each of the first three quarters and made them hold up to claim a 21-6 victory over Class A district foe West Monona here Friday night.

Kevin Leavitt was a workhorse for the winning Eagles, scoring the first-quarter and third-quarter touchdowns on runs of two and 14 yards, respectively. Leavitt finished the game with a sparkling 176 yards rushing on 24 carries.

Mitch Erdman tallied MMC's second-quarter TD on a five-yard burst. Also a reliable kicker, Leavitt tacked on all three PATs to account for the Eagles 21 points.

West Monona scored a TD in the first quarter following an MMC turnover deep into its own territory, and then was kept out of the red zone the rest of the night by a tough Eagle defense.

MMC rushed for a whopping 320 yards and challked up 16 first downs. The Spartans rushed for 136 yards and recorded six first downs.

Eagle QB Tim Holmes was 3-9 passing for 45 yards, and West Monona finished 1-8 for eight yards. Kyle Kohn also boosted MMC's ground game with 18 carries for 76 yards, and Erdman lugged it 10 times for 52 yards.

Nate Dammann caught two passes for 34 yards to lead MMC in that category.

Kohn led the Eagles on defense with eight tackles, while Dammann, Jordan Petersen, and Justin Henke each totaled six stops.

"Once again, the defense played extremely well," said MMC coach Brian Williams. "We gave up an early touchdown after a turnover deep in our own territory, otherwise we kept them from the red zone the rest of the night.

"The offensive line was definitely the key tonight. Anytime a team can rush for 320 yards, the guys up front are getting it done. Chad Alesch, Tucker Petersen, Joe Wilcox, Steven Wetherell, Dan Holmes, and Alex Roseen deserve a lot of credit for tonight's victory.

"We're off to a good start, We just have to continue to get better every week and work on limiting our penalties and mistakes as we move on."

MMC play a crucial district game Friday at rated Galva-Holstein, both teams sporting 2-0 records.



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