Tuesday, September 30, 2008
Menominee hook-and-ladder executed to perfection
September 13, 2008
Prep football: Marshfield drops heartbreaker
By Casey Krautkramer
For the Marshfield News-Herald
There were 12 touchdowns scored in Friday's border battle clash between Marshfield and Menominee (Mich.), but the outcome of the game came down to a single play.
Marshfield quarterback Luke Accola found Grant Bornbach for a 14-yard touchdown strike, but the Tigers still needed the two-point conversion to tie the game and Acccola's conversion pass to fullback Matt Hawley was deflected with seconds remaining as the Maroons escaped Beell Stadium with a 41-39 win.
The Tigers led 26-14 in the fourth quarter, but the Maroons stormed back when Jacob Pedesen, a multi-dimensional player who had nearly 300 yards of total offense, tossed a 5-yard touchdown pass to Justin Salzman.
Marshfield's back breaker was Menominee's designed split hook-and-ladder play when Jordan Maccoux passed the ball 10 yards to Salzman, who then pitched the ball back to Pedesen who streaked down the sidelines for a 60-yard touchdown run. The huge play gave the Maroons a 29-26 lead following Maccoux's 2-point conversion pass to Pedesen.
Menominee coach Ken Hoffer, in his 40th season coaching, said the hook-and-ladder play was executed to perfection out of his team's single wing offense, thanks to Pedesen's speed.
"Pedesen had a hell of a game, but the rest of the team played well, too," he said.
Marshfield immediately answered Menominee's score with a 45-yard touchdown scamper by senior running back Dipo Fagbemi and extra point by Sully Luepke, to take a 33-29 lead.
Menominee came back with a 15-yard touchdown pass from Maccoux to Pedesen, but the conversion passed failed, giving the Maroons a 35-33 advantage. The Maroons continued to ride the wave of momentum when Pedesen intercepted his second pass of the game and returned it for a 21-yard touchdown. The Maroons held a 41-33 lead, as Menominee's fans chanted "UP Power."
Accola completed 20 of 23 passes for 232 yards and two touchdowns. Ryan Danczak, coming off a three-touchdown performance last week in a win over Medford, had the hot receiving hand again, catching six balls for 123 yards and a 57-yard TD in the third quarter.
Fagbemi added 140 yards rushing on the ground, but Marshfield was outgained by the Maroons 443-374.
Maroons 41, Tigers 39
Menominee, Mich. 7 7 7 20 -- 41
Marshfield 0 6 13 20 -- 39
MEN--Jacob Pedsen 30 pass from Jordan Maccoux (Steve Busick kick).
MEN--Pedesen 31 pass from Maccoux (Busick kick).
MAR--Dipo Fagbemi 1 run (conversion pass failed).
MAR--Ryan Danczak 57 pass from Luke Accola (conversion pass failed)
MAR--Danczak 18 pass from Accola (Sully Luepke kick)
MAR--Joshua Lutz 2 run (Luepke kick)
MEN--Justin Salzman 5 pass from Pedersen (Busick kick)
MEN--Pedesen 70 yard pitch from Salzmann (Pedesen convesion pass from Maccoux)
MFLD--Fagbemi 45 run (Luepke kick)
MEN--Salzman 15 pass from Maccoux (conversion pass failed)
MEN--Pedesen 21 interception (kick failed)
MFLD--Grant Bornbach 14 pass from Accola (conversion pass failed)
First downs 16 12
Total yards 443 374
Rushes-yards 40-170 28-142
Passing yards 273 232
Comp.-Att.-INT 27-28-1 21-24-2
Fumbles-lost 0-0 1-0
Rushing-MEN: Pedesen 22-171. MFLD: Fagbemi 22-140.
Receiving-MEN: Pedesen 10-122. MFLD: Danczak 6-123.
Passing-MEN: Maccoux 20-21-1-194. MFLD: Luke Accola 20-23-2-232.
Records: Menominee 2-1 overall; Marshfield 2-1 overall.
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