SLOAN - Trailing 13-9 after three quarters, the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Eagles rallied with three fourth-quarter touchdowns to claim a hard-fought 30-19 win over Westwood in Class A District football here Friday night.
Scoring twice in the second quarter, MMC jumped to a 9-7 halftime lead thanks to a one-yard TD pass from Tim Holmes to Nate Dammann, and a 31-yard field goal off the toe of Kevin Leavitt as time expired in the first half.
The three big Eagle TDs in the fourth period were the difference in the game, with Holmes hooking up with Kyle Kohn on an 11-yard TD pass, Holmes scoring on a one-yard run, and Leavitt breaking loose on a thriling 55-yard TD run. Leavitt kicked the PAT after the Holmes TD run, and Holmes passed to Jerad Letsche for the two-point conversion following Leavitt's big TD scamper.
MMC rushed for 207 yards in the game, with Leavitt carrying it 22 times for 179 yards, and Kohn hauling it 11 times for 28 yards. The host Rebels rushed for 145 yards in the game.
Holmes had a superb outing, completing 8-10 passes for 102 yards and two TDs. Westwood completed 2-8 passes for 40 yards. Dammann caught three passes for 54 yards and a TD, Kohn reeled in two passes for 27 yards and a TD, and Letsche caught three passes for 21 yards and a conversion.
Dammann led the Eagle defense with 11 tackles, while Chad Alesch tallied 10, and Jordan Petersen and Kohn nine apiece.
"We knew coing down there would be a struggle," said first-year Eagle coach Brian WIlliams. "They are a team that was desperate for a big win on their Homecoming, and they definitely played their best game of the year.
"We struggled at times, but made enough plays to come out on top. There are still several little things we are working on that need to be cleaned up before Friday (MMC hosts District leader, 6-0 Woodbury Central). Any time you're 5-1, though, you have to be happy."