MARCUS - The 8th-rated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn football Eagles scored in every quarter and ran their season record to a perfect 3-0 on the way to a 40-19 pasting of Belmond-Klemme here Friday night.
The high-flying Eagles got an incredible six touchdowns involving super sophomore quarterback Tanner Utesch, who passed for five TDs and ran in the other.
Utesch hooked up with Zach Specht for a 30-yard TD pass, Neal Bunt for 12-yard and 48-yard TDs, Andrew Hoefling for a 16-yard TD, and John Hoefling for a 55-yard TD. Utesch, last week's Class A Player of the Week, also rushed 19 yards for another score.
Specht led the MMC receivers with 111 yards on six catches and a TD, while Bunt had 100 yards on seven catches and two TDs, John Hoefling 98 yards on four catches and a TD, and Andrew Hoefling 17 yards on two catches and a TD.
The visitors rushed the ball 50 times for 280 yards and two TDs. Both teams totaled 17 first downs each.
Leading tacklers for the winning Eagles were John Hoefling with nine, Bunt with nine, Nathan Zubrod seven, and Dalton Brady seven.
"Belmond-Klemme came in with a very potent power-option running game and our defense may have given up some real estate but they had a bend-don't breal mentality," said MMC assistant coach Shane Williams. "Our offense really struggled against their big and strong defensive line. It was hard to get into any type of rhythm in the running game with the eight tackles for loss we had. Their size just limited our ability to get any sustainable running game. We will continue to work on the running game to compliment our passing game."
MMC travels to West Hancock-Britt Friday night for another District toughie.