THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Playoff Bound Maroons Rout Escanaba 44-0
Putting together another dominating performance on both sides of the football, the Menominee Maroons routed visiting Escanaba 44-0 Friday night. The lopsided win not only lifts the Maroons to 6-0 on the season and 3-0 in the Great Northern Conference, but qualifies the gridiron powerhouse for the Michigan playoffs.
How dominant were the Maroons? Read on. Menominee held a 368-168 edge in total yards, 257-123 rushing and 111-45 passing. Need more? Try 12-7 in first downs and of course the scoreboard, 44-0.
Overall this was a great team win. Our offensive line and skilled people did a nice job blocking for each other and are worthy of the success, Maroon coach Joe Noha said. Defensively, the kids continue to play well. Escanaba had a couple of big plays but our defense rose to the challenge and kept them out of the end zone. The defensive continues to be very stingy.
Heading the list of six Maroon runners was Devon Harris with 12 carries for 97 yards and two touchdowns, Justin Brilinski 7-63 and James Brown 7-50 and a touchdown. Through the air, Brilinski connected on 5 of 10 throws for 74 yards and a score. Harris hit on his lone toss for 37 yards.
Shaun Sullivan snagged 3 passes for 68 yards and a teedee, Devon Barley 2-13 and Harris 1-30 and a score.
The ground game picked up around 260 yards and means everyone got a change to run the ball. The ball carriers get the credit, but the work is done upfront and our guys were outstanding, Noha added.
Menominee needed just one play to grab a 7-0 lead following a botched center snap on a punt. Starting at the Esky 25, Harris made his way to the end with Evan Pohlmann booting the extra point.
The Maroons lit up the scoreboard for 9 points in period two to pry open a 16-0 halftime cushion. Harris found the end zone on a 15 yard scamper (10:20) while linebacker Ryne Francour recorded a safety after sacking quarterback Travis Heller in the end zone.
Escanaba played a very physical and competitive first half. Fortunately we were able to find some holes in the defense in the second half to take control, Noha commented.
The third quarter saw the Maroons use the passing game to register a trio of scores and pad the lead to 37-0.
Getting the ball to open the second half, Menominee saw Sullivan haul in a 37 yard pass from Harris and then a 30 yard scoring toss from Brilinski for a 23-0 edge.
Brown blasted over from a yard out after Barley caught a 13 yard pass to the 1 while the third score of the frame saw Brilinski and Harris team up on a 30 yard toss.
Menominees final score came with 0:48 left as Colin Nerat raced in from 2 yards out.
Pohlmann hit on all 6 extra points for the Maroons.
It is nice to be back in the playoffs and I believe we will be a Division 5 team. We still have a couple of more games to play prior to the playoffs, Noha said.
The Maroons will host the 107th M&M Game on Saturday, October 12 starting at 1pm. Last year Menominee chalked up its fourth straight M&M win 48-25 and holds a 50-49-7 edge in the series.
This is always an emotional game for both schools and communities. Marinette (2-5) has the capabilities of creating plays and points against us. We have to prepare for that and continue to do the little things right. I tell our kids to think big but focus small, Noha concluded.