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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Utesch to Spieler TD pass saves the day against N-F


Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn's Lee Hueser cradles the ball into his hands as Newell-Fonda defenders, including Jake Hahn (23) close in for the tackle in Newelll Friday night.
The incomparable 12-0 Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn football Eagles, unranked and ignored much of this, their first year of playing the 8-player game this season, continued to respond and soar with a thrilling 42-38 come-from-behind win over #1 Newell-Fonda here Friday night in State Playoff Quarterfinal action.

The #7 Eagles play 12-0 Exira-Elkhorn-Kimballton in the Semifinals at noon Thursday in the Cedar Falls UNI Dome, with the Finals on tap for all classes Thursday and Friday, Nov. 15-16.

MMC's huge win came on a 27-yard TD pass from QB Tanner Utesch to receiver Dylan Spieler with about 20 seconds left to play after the home Mustangs had scored the go-ahead TD with 45 seconds left to play, making the score 38-34 Mustangs.

Refusing to be stopped, the Eagles then advanced downfield on just three plays, culminating in the efficient Utesch's timely pass to Spieler, who broke away from two defenders at the 5-yard line to burst into the end zone, leaving the shell-shocked Mustangs with just a futile 17 seconds left in the game.

Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn quarterback Tanner Utesch (3) dodges defenders on this nice run against Newell-Fonda in Newell Friday night as Mustang defenders, including Brady Bohe (30), close in.
Utesch completed 18-32 passes in the game for 234 yards and three TDs, with two of those to Spieler and the other to Andrew Hoefling.

The Eagles also tallied three TDs rushing, with Hoefling scoring two, the longest from 17 yards out, while ringing up 21 carries for 92 yards. Jared Gross scored MMC's other rushing TD and, along with Hoefling and Lee Hueser, racked up one two-point conversion apiece in the game.

The Mustangs scored five rushing TDs, with Brady Bohe scoring three while carrying the ball 18 times for 96 yards. Jonathon Johnson scored two rushing TDs and hauled the ball 12 times for 128 yards. Dalton Anderson also scored on a TD pass from QB Zac Sievers, who completed 8-19 passes for 182 total yards.

Dylan Rolfes paced the MMC defense with 13 tackles, while Tyler Prunty had 12, Connor Holmes eight, and Jake Meehan, Nate Rassel, Gross, and Hoefling seven each. Rolfes also had a crucial fumble recovery for the opportunistic Eagles.

Rigo Johnson led the N-F defenders with 18 tackles, followed by Gabe Podraza 13, Bohe 13, Tom Devereaux seven, and Andrew Temple seven.

MMC continues down the tourney trail as undefeated District 1 Champions, while Newell-Fonda hangs up the spikes as undefeated District 2 Champs.

Dylan Spieler of Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn (6) races into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown against Newell-Fonda in Newell Friday night.
The Eagles have defeated West Bend-Mallard, Laurens-Marathon, and Newell-Fonda so far in post-season, while the Mustangs beat River Valley and Harris-Lake Park in the playoffs before succumbing to the pesky Eagles of first-year head coach Kyle Oswald.

Immaculate Reception - Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn 6-4 receiver Dylan Spieler (6) gathers in a last-second pass, left, and barrels into the end zone for the game-winning touchdown, right, to seal the 42-38 State Playoff Quarterfinal win for the Eagles in 8-player football action Friday night against Newell-Fonda (11-1) in Newell. Mustang defenders on the thrilling play were Gabe Podraza (18) and Matt Juilfs (82). MMC (12-0) plays Exira-Elkhorn-Kimballton (12-0) at noon Thursday in the Semifinals at the UNI Dome in Cedar Falls.

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