MARCUS - An underrated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn defense shut down Kingsley-Pierson's entire offense here Friday night, limiting the Panthers to 80 yards passing and 76 rushing on the way to a 53-0 pasting to end regular season play.
MMC finishes its first regular season of 8-player football with a superb 9-0 record, the District 1 Championship, a #7 State ranking, and the first Eagle team to go unblemished since those 1975 hairy, horn-rimmed, and oh-so talented Eagles of legendary coach Ed Smith and his vaunted wishbone attack.
Andrew Hoefling led the Eagle charge, rushing for three TDs and on the receiving end of another, carrying the ball 11 times for 147 yards, and reeling in a Tanner Utesch pass from 20 yards out for a well-spent outing.
Hoefling's longest TD was 39 yards, while teammates Dylan Rolfes hauled one in from 13 yards away, Jake Meehan tallied from one yard, and Utesch from four yards out. Meehan also caught an 18-yard TD pass from Utesch.
Utesch was 7-8 passing for 89 yards and two TDs, and Dylan Spieler was 1-1 for 22 yards.
For K-P, harried quarterback Colin Henrich completed 4-18 passes for 80 yards and two interceptions, and rushed the ball eight times for 30 yards. Clint Donaldson carried the ball nine times for 27 yards, and Alex Plendl six times for nine yards.
Jared Gross led an active MMC defense with a whopping 15 tackles, followed by Nathan Zubrod nine, Rolfes seven, Justin Theisen five, and Meehan and Levi Letsche four each. Meehan and Spieler also pocketed interceptions for the winners.
The 9-0 Eagles host West Bend-Mallard (5-4) in 8-player District 1 Playoffs tonight in Marcus.
MMC slipped past West Bend-Mallard 38-32 in West Bend in the second game of the season