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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn ball carrier Andrew Hoefling (25) shows his impressive leaping ability while hurdling Laurens-Marathon defender Matt Cleveland, left...
Eagles play at #1 Newell-Fonday Friday

... and then landing in full stride, right, on his way to the end zone during the Eagles big State Playoff win over the visiting Chargers in second-round 8-player football action Monday night in Marcus. The 11-0 Eagles play at #1 Newell-Fonda (11-0) Friday night.
MARCUS - With Laurens-Marathon scoring last minute touchdowns at the end of both first and second quarters, the undefeated Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn football team found itself in a dog fight at halftime, clinging to a 14-12 lead.

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.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn QB Tanner Utesch (3) shakes off a Laurens-Marathon defender for a nice gainer during his team's 55-25 State Playoff victory Monday night in Marcus.
In addition to kicking three PATs for the Eagles, Dylan Spieler also tallied two interceptions and Meehan had one pick. Meehan, Hoefling, and Jared Gross each ran in a 2-point conversion for the winners.

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.

Dylan Spieler (6) of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn goes high over Laurens-Marathon receiver Will Cleveland for one of his two interceptions during the Eagles' big State Playoff win Monday night.

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