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MMC handles West Monona, 27-12

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Utesch passes for 3 TDs; 2 to Specht

Receiver Andrew Hoefling of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn leaps high to pull in a pass from quarterback Tanner Utesch as a West Monona defender arrives late for the party during the Eagles' impressive victory in Marcus Friday night. Photo contributed
MARCUS - The young Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn football team ran its record to 2-0 this season with a 27-12 win over West Monona here Friday night.

The Eagles tallied 20 points in the pivotal second quarter on three exciting passing touchdowns from quarterback Tanner Utesch to counter two Spartan TDs in the first and second quarters and take a 20-12 halftime lead. MMC tacked on the deciding TD in the third on a seven-yard run by Andrew Hoefling.

The three second quarter TDs for the Eagles were a 12-yard pass from Utesch to Zach Specht, a thrilling 93-yard bomb from Utesch to Specht, and a 20-yard TD pass from Utesch to John Hoefling.

All told, Utesch completed 20-26 passes for 339 yards, three TDs, and one interception. Jared Gross was 1-2 passing for eight yards.

Zach Specht (14) of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn is off for the races on this nifty run against West Monona in marcus Friday night. The 2-0 Eagles are rated 10th in Class A and host Belmond-Klemme Friday night. Photo contributed
MMC rushed 33 times for a scant 65 yards as West Monona's defense stifled the ground game. The Eagles then went to the air in the second quarter and lit up the scoreboard with three TD aerials. Dalton Brady rushed nine times for 39 yards, and Neal Bunt nine times for 14 yards to lead the way.

Bunt led MMC's defense with 13 tackles, while Brady had five, and Eli Hohbach four. John Hoefling had an interception for the winners.

"We basically played the first quarter without Tanner Utesch and he came in to start the second quarter," said MMC assistant coach and offensive coordinator Shane Williams. "The first quarter saw us struggle to establish our running game so we went to the air in the second quarter in a more spread, no-huddle offense. The second quarter was about as smooth as we could be running the spread. West Monona just couldn't figure how to defend it and I think we kind of wore them down both physically and mentally.

"Our defense really stepped up in figuring out West Monona's running game that was having its will in the first half. Our offense is beginniing to find out what it can do to get the job done as we are striving for balance in running and passing."

MMC hosts Belmond-Klemme Friday in Marcus.

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