MARCUS - A 23-point second quarter, buoyed by three Kingsley-Pierson fumbles in its own territory, propelled the gritty Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Eagles to a resounding 37-0 shutout of the Panthers in Class A District 1 football action here Friday night.
MMC's skilled running back duo of Keavin Leavitt and Kyle Kohn accounted for four TDs in the whitewash that precipitated a continuous clock in the second half after the Eagles had forged a 37-0 lead.
Kohn, also a break-away threat, tallied TDs on runs of four and two yards. The other Eagle TD was a 19-yard pass from quarterback Tim Holmes to Nate Dammann on a courageous fourth down gamble.
Leavitt finished the game with 141 yards on 13 carries, whilie Kohn tallied 99 yards on 11 hauls. Mitch Erdmann carried it five times for 31 yards.
Holmes was 1-1 passing for 19 yards and a TD. He also had a first-quarter TD pass nullified by a holding penalty.
For K-P, Kirby Washburn was 5-11 passing for 84 yards and two interceptions. Wes Rueter and Steve Wetherell had thos picks for MMC. K-P rushed 30 times for 80 yards and was led by Dexter Mahrt with 10 hauls for 63 yards.
Leading tacklers for the Eagles were Dammann nine, Tucker Petersen eight, Leavitt five, and Justin Henke and Jordan Petersen four each.
"It was a good all-around game for us," said a pleased first-year MMC coach Brian Williams. "We controlled the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball. When Kevin gets outside, he can take it all the way. He and Kyle do a great job for us, and the defense can't take their eyes of Mitch because he can break one, too."
MMC, now 3-1 over all and in district play this season , hosts 1-3 Woodbine for a non-district mix Friday night.