MARCUS - The feisty Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn football Eagles scored a field goal, safety, and touchdown on their way to their first victory this season - a hard-earned 12-8 win over Westwood at Homecoming here Friday night.
MMC scored on a 27-yard field goal in the second quarter off the toes of Jordan Boekhout to take the Eagles into a 3-0 lead at halftime, following a fierce defensive struggle punctuated by field position.
The exciting fourth quarter had each team scoring a touchdown, with MMC tallying on a 25-yard TD pass form running back Henke to quarterback Boekhout, and Boekhout adding the PAT.
The visiting Rebels scored on a 13-yard TD pass from quarterback Mike Steinhoff to receiver Chad Walker.
The Eagles rushed 42 times for 126 yards, with Lukas Nelson leading the way with 16 carries for 67 yards, and Henke rushing 10 times for 22 yards. Boekhout was 7-19 passing for 103 yards.
Westwood rushed 34 times for a negative 15 yards against a bruising MMC defense. Steinhoff completed 5-13 passes for 84 yards and a TD.
The MMC TD in the fourth was a beauty, coming on the heels of a fourth and 10 play when Boekhout hooked up with Nelson for an eight yard pass, and Nelson refusing to go down until he battled for the first down to sustain the pivotal scoring drive.
"That was the play of the game," said MMC coach Brian Williams. "Lukas just refused to go down. It was beautiful.
"We played our best four quarters of the season. We're dinged up, but the guys refused to lose this game. They dedicated the win to Michael Letsche (a teammate who passed away in August) and there were a lot of emotions going around. We've struggled offensively all year. But we've revamped some things and our defense sure rose to the occasion. I'm very proud of this team."
Tucker Petersen led the stout MMC defense with nine tackles, followed by Blaime Dammann, Jerad Letsche, and Russ Godbersen with eight apiece, and Jordan Petersen with seven.
MMC, 1-5 travels to dangerous Woodbury Central in Moville Friday night.