Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Nathan Zubrod leads the Eagles onto the field prior to Friday night's Class A District encounter with a tough Clay Central-Everly team in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
MARCUS - Explosive Clay Central-Everly overcame a 7-point deficit by erupting with a three-touchdown, 22-point second quarter on the way to a decisive 49-14 Class A District football win over Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn here Friday night.
The host Eagles (3-4) could just bookend TDs in the first and fourth periods to account for their scoring against the 5-2 Mavericks.
MMC scored the game's first TD midway into the first quarter on a 7-yard pass from Tanner Utesch to Zach Specht, with Brock Moser kicking the PAT. The Eagles scored again in the fourth quarter on a 23-yard TD pass from Utesch to Neal Bunt.
CC-E tallied six rushing TDs, with Caleb Batschelet leading the way with three TDs on runs of one, seven, and 73 yards. Brent Trierwieler scored two rushing TDs on runs of five and one yards, and Nick Roghair scored on a 7-yard run.
Dalton Brady of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn gathers in a pass from quarterback Tanner Utesch and heads upfield as teammates hustle to block for him during the Eagles' game against Clay Central-Everly Friday night in Marcus. Photo by Paul Struck
The Mavericks rushed 60 times for 398 yards, and completed 4-8 passes for 134 yards and one TD on a 31-yard strike from Chazz Brown to Eli Howe.
MMC rushed 19 times for a scant 34 yards, with Utesch leading the way with 11 carries for 23 yards, and Dalton Brady carrying the ball three times for 13 yards.
Utesch completed 16-27 passes for 170 yards, and was intercepted four times by the alert Maverick defense. Specht caught six passes for 91 yards, and Bunt caught six for 52.
Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Jared Gross discusses strategy with Eagles' assistant coaches Shane Williams and Al Hoefling, right, during Friday night's game against Clay Central-Everly. Photo by Paul Struck
Dylan Rolfes led MMC defenders with 13 tackles, followed by Bunt and Nathan Zubrod 11 apiece, Tyler Prunty eight, and Dalton Brady six.
Trierwieler led CC-E on defense with eight tackles, while Howe had six.
MMC hosts 4th-ranked Le Mars Gehlen (6-1) Friday night.