Pansegrau's 90-yard kick-off return sparks RV
MARCUS - River Valley scored touchdowns in the first, second, and fourth quarters while shutting down the Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn offense on the way to an 18-0 Class A District football victory here Friday night.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn quarterback Jesse Kunzweiler raises the ball to pass as a River Valley defender closes in during District football action in Marcus Friday night. Photo by Sarah Boldt
The Wolverines wasted little time scoring, with freshman Josh Pansegrau returning the opening kick-off 90 yards to paydirt to give River Valley a quick 6-0 lead.
Skyler Shever followed that up with a 10-yard fumble return for a touchdown in the second quarter to give the Wolverines a 12-0 halftime lead. Cody Paris then iced it for RV in the fourth frame on a three-yard TD run for the final margin.
River Valley rushed the ball 41 times for 229 yards in the game, with Paris leading the way with 15 carries for 112 yards, Samuel Lundt carrying the ball 15 times for 82 yards, and Andrew Volkert carrying it 10 times for 33 yards. Josh Pansegrau was 5-11 passing for RV for 16 yards and one interception.
Samuel Lundt of River Valley pulls away from pursuing Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn linemen during the Wolverines District football win Friday in Marcus. MMC defenders include Nathan Zubrod (54), and Lee Hueser (35). Photo by Sarah Boldt
MMC rushed the ball 30 times for just five yards total against a solid RV defense. Russ Godbersen rushed eight times for 21 yards, and Blake Erdman four for five yards. Jesse Kunzweiler carried the ball 16 times for a negative 21 yards. Kunzweiler completed 14-24 passes for 193 yards and one pick.
The host Eagles fumbled the ball away twice, with one resulting in an RV TD. The winners notched 13 first downs, to 11 for MMC.
John Hoefling led the MMC receivers with five catches for 89 yards, followed by Ethan Radtke three for 39, Godbersen two for 36, and Zach Specht two for nine.
River Valley's Cody Paris breaks loose for a nice gainer during his team's football victory over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn in the rain. cold, and slop in Marcus Friday night. Photo by Sarah Boldt
Godbersen, Nathan Zubrod, and Neal Bunt paced the MMC defense with 13 solo tackles apiece, while Hoefling had eight, Radtke six, and Jake Meehan and Andrew Hoefling five each.
MMC (0-8) ends its season Friday at Kingsley-Pierson (1-7), and River Valley (2-6) hosts Woodbury Central in its 2009 finale in Correctionville.