However, what the potent Eagles figured out at halftime and what first-year coach Kyle Oswald told them lit some kind of a fire, as MMC stormed out to score 41 second-hal points to just 13 by the Chargers and claim the second-round 8-player State Playoff game 55-25.
The District 1 Champion Eagles now take their 11-0 record to District 2 Champion Newell-Fonda, also 11-0 and rated #1 much of the season, in a quarterfinal contest in Newell Friday night.
MMC scored four touchdowns through the air here Monday night in ousting the 7-3 Chargers, the District 2 runners-up. The ever-efficient Eagle QB Tanner Utesch completed 15-19 passes for 223 yards and hit Jake Meehan with two TD passes, the longest a 68-yard beauty; and also hooked up for a 6-yard TD to Lee Hueser, and a 1-yard score to Isaiah Petersen.
Featured MMC tailback Andrew Hoefling also tallied three TDs on the ground, the longest from 19 yards out, while rushing the ball 18 times for 149 yards. Meehan had seven carries for 21 yards against the Laurens-Marathon defense.
Tackle leaders for MMC were Nate Rassel 17, Rolfes and Gross nine apiece, Meehan and Spieler seven each, Tyler Prunty six, and Levi Letsche five.
Hoefling had two kick-off returns for 37 yards, Meehan two for 33 yards, and Connor Holmes one for 23 yards.