ONAWA - A 12-point fourth quarter broke open a defensive battle and led host West Monona to a 28-0 shut-out of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in Class A District I football action here Friday night.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Spartans rang up touchdowns in the second and third quarters, and two in the fourth for the final margin of victory.
A tough West Monona defense limited the explosive Eagle ground game to just 57 yards rushing. MMC quarterback Justin Henke completed 9-23 passes for 100 yards for a total offensive output of a meager 157 yards.
Jacob Lehnhof led MMC's rushing attack with 45 yards on 12 carries, while Jordan Petersen carried six times for eight yards.
Jerad Letsche paced the Eagle receivers with five catches for 81 yards, and Lehnhoff snagged three passes for 21 yards.
Letsche led the tough MMC defense with 16 tackles, followed by Jordan Petersen with 13, and Tucker Petersen seven. Lukas Nelson had two interceptions for MMC.
"We really struggled offensively," said Eagle coach Brian Williams, who guided MMC to a 7-2 record last season, his first as football coach. "We gave up a punt return for a touchdown in the first half, and missed some scoring opportunities due to dropped passes, penalties, and fumbles.
"We took some chances in the second half that led to the rest of their scores. But for the second week in a row, the defense played well, but the offense and special teams let us down."
MMC (0-2) hosts Galva-Holstein (1-1) Friday night for another tough District I game.