KINGSLEY - A 15-point third quarter broke open a defensive struggle and led host Kingsley-Pierson to a 28-0 Class A District I football win over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn here on Sept. 21.
The Panthers held a narrow 6-0 lead at halftime before adding on three second-half touchdowns to seal the deal against the winless Eagles.
A stout K-P defense limited MMC to just 84 yards rushing, while the victorious Panthers racked up 273 yards on the ground. Lukas Nelson led the Eagles with 37 yards on 11 carries, while Russ Godbersen tallied 14 yards on three carries, and Darren Morse 10 yards on five hauls.
MMC quarterback Justin Henke was 3-6 passing for 19 yards and one interception, and QB Jordan Boekhout was 3-7 for 21 yards. Jerad Letsche led MMC receivers with six catches for 40 yards. K-P was 4-7 passing for 86 yards.
Jordan petersen led the Eagle defense with nine tackles, while Letsche had seven, and Russ Godbersen, Alex Roseen, Morse, and Nelson managed five apiece.
"We seem to be having the same problems week in and week out," said second-year Eagle coach Brian Williams. "A big momentum changer near the end of the first half, and then we can't recover from it.
"Again, the defense played very well in the first half and again we struggled moving the ball consistently the entire game. Granted, youth and injuries have hurt us, but we can't use them as excuses. We have to find our identity as a team and get better each day."
The Eagles traveled to Woodbine on Sept. 28 for a non-district battle.