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Garrigan gets young MMC Eagles, 40-14

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn coach Brad Cave talks game strategy with his team during this quarter break Friday night against District opponent Algona Garrigan in Marcus. In a rebuilding year, the young Eagles start six freshmen in the lineup. Photo by Paul Struck
MARCUS - Algona Garrigan scored two touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 20-6 halftime lead, and then held off a gritty and youthful Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn club to claim a 40-14 non-District encounter here Friday night.

The host Eagles tallied touchdowns on an 8-yard pass reception by Russ Godbersen from Chris Mayrose in the fourth quarter, and on a 2-yard TD run by Neal Bunt with just 13 seconds left in the first half to close the gap to 20-6 at halftime.

Garrigan scored on a 55-yard TD pass from Brett Capesius to Kevin Elbert, a 26-yard run by Jacob Behr, a 42-yard run by Behr, a 25-yard interception return by Grant Reding, a 95-yard TD jaunt by Behr, and a 5-yard TD run by Behr.

Neal Bunt, Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's hard-hitting linebacker/fullback, makes good yardage on this carry as two Algona defenders try to bring him down in action in Marcus Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
MMC rushed 31 times for just 38 total yards, with Russ Godbersen leading the way with eight carries for 26 yards. The GOlden BEars rushed 40 times for 304 yards with the fleet junior Behr pacing the winners with 19 hauls for 260 yards and four TDs.

MMC teamed for a 16-35 passing night for a total 134 yards, with Jesse Kunzweiler 12-25 for 86 yards, Mayrose 2-5 for 29 yards, Zach Specht 1-1 for 29 yards, Bunt 1-2 for seven yards, and Tanner Utesch 0-2.

Capesius was 4-6 passing for 79 yards, one TD, and one pick.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn quarterback Jesse Kunzweiler carries the ball on a sweep during the Eagles District match-up with Algona Garrigan in Marcus Friday night. Photo by Paul Struck
Godbersen led the Eagles on defense with 10 tackles, followed by Bunt and John Hoefling nine each, Nathan Zubrod seven, and Tyler Prunty and Andrew Hoefling five apiece.

"We just couldn't come back," said MMC coach Brad Cave. "We played hard and the score wasn't indicative of the type of game that was played. We're improving game by game. There was some good hitting out there and our kids are getting better each time out. We start six freshmen and they are going to become great players for us.

"I'm proud of the team effort. Tyler Prunty and Lee Hueser did a great job for us at nose tackle going up against two 270-pound players."

MMC (0-4) plays at Woodbury Central Friday night in District action. Garrigan is now 2-2 for the season.

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