MARCUS - The Galva-Holstein defense clamped down on a sputtering Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn offense here Friday night while recording a 29-7 Class A District I football victory.
The Pirates Tanner Gebers was the man for G-H this night, scoring all four of his team's touchdowns, on runs of one, one, 20, and four yards. he finished the night with 18 carries for 94 yards and four TDs.
All told, G-H rushed 50 times for 140 yards and controlled the ball much of the second half with a solid running game. Adam parker carried the ball 14 times for 28 yards. Pirate quarterback John Forristal completed five passes in 10 attempts for 52 yards.
Jacob Lehnhoff led the MMC ground game with six carriers for 27 yards, while Lukas Nelson carried it nine times for 20 yards, and Jordan Petersen two for 26 yards. Quaterback Justin Henke was 3-10 passing for 23 yards and two interceptions.
G-H forged a 14-7 halftime lead and then scored TDs in the third and fourth frames while shutting down the MMC offense, which ran just three plays in the entire third quarter.
Tucker Petersen led the Eagles on defense with nine tackles, followed by Jared Letsche eight, Kyle Wester seven, and Jordan Petersen seven.
G-H rang up 10 first downs, to MMC's five.
The Eagle cause was hurt midway in the second quarter when two controversial 15-yard penalities (late hit and pass interference in the end zone) moved the Pirates close to the MMC goal line where they punched it in to take a 14-0 lead.
"We played good at times, and struggled other times," said MMC coach Brian Williams. "Those big penalties and their second TD in the second quarter were momentum shakers. We also stopped ourselves in the first quarter when a holding penalty stopped a nice drive. We were moving the ball well until then. We've got some things to work on to get ready for next week."
The 0-3 Eagles travel to district foe Kingsley-Pierson (0-3) Friday night.