MARCUS - The improved Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn Eagles put it all together in their regular-season finale here on October 24th, torching winless Kingsley-Pierson 57-0 after exploding to a 35-0 halftime lead that led to a continuous clock throughout the second half.
Jacob Lehnhoff and Lukas Nelson each scored three touchdowns to lead MMC (3-6, 3-3 in District) to the convincing District win, a win that casts the Eagles into a Class A Substate Playoff game October 29th at third-rated Southern Cal (8-1, 6-0). Game time is 7 p.m. at Lake City.
Lehnhoff scored on TD runs of 15, seven, and 41 yards, while Nelson tallied TD runs of 10, three, and two yards. The Eagles also scored on a one-yard run by Jordan Petersen, and a 56-yard run by Ethan Radtke.
Jordan Boekhout nailed all seven of his PAT kicks, and MMC added a two-point conversion after the game's last TD with 2:16 left to play on a pass from Jesse Kunzweiler to Zach Specht.
MMC rushed 36 times for 330 yards, and was 2-7 passing for 25 yards. K-P rushed 28 times for a negative five yards, and was 3-11 passing for 53 yards and two interceptions.
MMC totaled 15 first downs and the Panthers two.
Petersen and Blaine Dammann each accounted for 13 tackles to lead the Eagle defense, while Kyle Wester was in on 10, Dan Holmes, Neal Bunt, and Derek Schlinz six apiece, and Jerad Letsche five. Russ Godbersen had two picks for the alert MMC defense.