Sunday, October 7, 2007

Menominee’s size just too much, 18-13

Menominee’s size just too much,
Redmen scare Maroons

By KURT MENSCHING Journal Sports Writer

MARQUETTE — Standing on damp grass at William Hart Stadium Friday night, Marquette Senior High School football coach John Tiziani took 15 seconds to compose his words.

The Redmen took Menominee to the brink but fell 18-13 to one of the top teams in the state of Michigan — in any class.

And when Tiziani spoke, it took him a few minutes to hit his stride, but he did.

“The only thing that matters is if you win or lose, but I’m extremely proud,” Tiziani said. “And I’ve never been this proud in 23 years in Marquette of a group of guys who played as hard as they did when everybody told them they were supposed to be beat, 60-0.

“I think Menominee knew they had their hands full tonight in more ways than one.”

Even with star Menominee tailback Ethan Shaver standing on the sidelines unable to play, the Maroons (7-0 overall, 3-0 Great Northern Conference) brought a capable team to the field.

Menominee controlled the field, moving 323 yards to Marquette’s 193, but Marquette repeatedly came up with big plays.

“Marquette played their hearts out,” Menominee coach Ken Hofer said. “Unfortunately, two teams can’t win a game. They deserved to win it. They played extremely well and they should be proud of themselves.”

The Maroons scored first, and scored last, but in the middle, Marquette took the action to the Maroons.

“I have never had a team buy into what I told them all week,” Tiziani said. “We had a good defensive plan. They executed it to perfection.”

And with 4 minutes remaining in the game, the Redmen (3-4, 2-2) moved the ball to Menominee’s 35, but could get no closer to the end zone.

“One drive. That’s all we really needed,” Tiziani said. “We just couldn’t get it.”

Carter led Marquette with 71 yards receiving — many on one long run after a reception — and 55 on the ground to go with a rushing touchdown.

Nancarrow punched the ball in from 14 yards to give Marquette the 7-6 lead when the Redmen did what the Maroons could not — score the point after touchdown.

Nancarrow finished with for 78 yards.

After a Menominee punt, Carter swept around the right side for a 33-yard run to the end zone. The missed kick left Marquette with a 13-6 lead.

Menominee answered when Justin Salzman caught a touchdown pass one-handed with 11:19 left in the third quarter, but the Maroons missed another PAT.

On defense, Steve Balbierz helped keep Menominee off the board midway through the second quarter by breaking up a fourth down pass toward the end zone, and later Mike Potes intercepted a pass and returned it to the Menominee 33, but the Redmen could not score on the shift in momentum.

Still they led 13-12 at the half.

Menominee scored on its first drive in the third quarter after Jordan Maccoux ran the ball right into the teeth of Marquette’s defense successfully.

Bryan Colvin then scored from 1 yard out at 8:07 to give Menominee an 18-13 lead and end scoring for the game.

“We didn’t have any choice (but to run),” Hofer said. “We didn’t have any speed, so we did what we had to do. We had to go after them and win the line of scrimmage.”

Hofer added with a chuckle, “And we did a pretty good job there until the coach started to get a little greedy and throw a pass.”

Colvin led Menominee with 84 yards passing and 13 rushing.

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