WHITING - Undefeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (6-0) scored eight rushing touchdowns on the way to a 70-8 dismantling of Whiting (1-5) in District 8-player football action here Friday night.
The 9th-ranked Eagles rushed the ball 36 times for 321 yards, with Andrew Hoefling leading the way with 12 carries for114 yards, followed by Tanner Utesch three carries for 87 yards, Derek Erdman five hauls for 67 yards, and Connor Holmes five carries for 28 yards.
Passing took a back seat to the Eagles' ground game that saw Erdman, Hoefling, and Utesch rush for two scores apiece, and Jared Gross and Holme each with one TD. Utesch rang up a 55-yard run for MMC's longest from scrimmage, while Hoefling hauled one in from 28 yards, and Erdman from 25.
Nate Rassel led the stout MMC defense with a dozen tackles, followed by Gross 10, Ben Phillips nine, Tyler Prunty eight, and Holmes six. Holmes and Petersen also recorded fumble recoveries for the perfect Eagles who obviously have caught on to the 8-player game in their first year of competition.
No game statistics were made available for Whiting. MMC hosts River Valley (2-4) Friday night.