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Menominee Settles For GNC Share; Hosts M&M Clash
In a pad popping defensive battle Friday night, the Menominee Maroons came up empty on three trips inside the Marquette 10 yard line, losing 10-7 and being forced to settle for a tie in the final GNC standings.
Sporting a 5-2 overall readout and 3-1 in league play, Menominee will share the title with Marquette (6-1, 3-1), but still needs one more victory to qualify for the Michigan playoffs.
This was a very tough loss as we were inside their 10 yard line three times and came up empty. This was a hard fought game between two good teams. Bottom line is Marquette got 3 more points and we just didnt get the job done, Maroon boss Ken Hofer said. We had our opportunities, but couldnt come up with the right play to score near the goal line. With under 2 minutes to play, we were inside the 10 again but couldnt score...just didnt execute very well. Give Marquettes defense credit as they kept us out of the end zone, but our kids also played well.
The stat sheet reflected the defensive dominance as Menominee gained 272 yards on 55 plays and Marquette 241 over 50. Menominees ground game netted 178 yards on 43 rushes while the passing attack connected on 2 of 12 tosses for 94 yards.
Menominees lone touchdown came on the opening drive, moving 78 yards to the end zone. The key play was a 65 yard pass from Tanner Maccoux to Bobby Olsen to put Menominee at the 11 yard line. Later in the march, Maccoux bulled over from the 2 yard line and Michael Kinsey added the extra point.
That was it for the Maroons...their one and only trip to the end zone.
Marquette got even on the scoreboard with 6:32 left in the half thanks to a 47 yard scoring drive. Garrett Pentecost, who bruised the Menominee defense for 130 yards on 19 carries, blasted his way into the end zone from 2 yards out. Mitchell Crothers booted the PAT for the 7-7 deadlock.
Marquette used a big defensive stand to force Menominee to give the ball up at the Redmen 32. Using some tough running by Pentecost along with a roughing the passer penalty, which wiped out an interception, Marquette slowly crept goalward. Facing a fourth down at the Maroon 12, Marquette saw Crothers connect on a 29 yard field goal for a 10-7 lead.
Marquette protected that lead throughout the entire second half and dodged a late drive by the Maroons to the 9 yard line. The 18 play march was highlighted by some key runs from Connor LaPlante and Maccoux. Facing a fourth down at the 9, Menominee saw a third straight pass fall incomplete to give Marquette the ball back with 2 1/2 minutes left.
Marquette wore out the remaining time on the heels of runs by Pentecost to claim a share of their first conference title in 35 years.
Maccoux finished with 79 yards in 24 carries and LaPlante 92 in 15 rushes.
Menominee has two Saturday games remaining on the schedule...October 15 hosting Marinette in the 105th M&M clash at 1pm and October 22 at Traverse City Central.
We have not qualified for the playoffs yet and need one more win to get a berth. This week we have Marinette and what else has to be said. Not like any other game around as both communities are heavily involved. Marinette will probably be on top of their game. From everything I heard, they are a tough hard nosed football team that is explosive. Well have to play well to have any success, Hofer said.
Marinette leads the M&M series by a 50-47-7 margin.