THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Harris Has Hand In 4 Touchdowns
Nothing like getting another shot at the team that handed you a heartbreaking loss in the Great Northern Conference title game only a month ago.
That's exactly the opportunity presented to the 9-1 Menominee Maroons following their 49-16 playoff clobbering of the Kingsley Stags at Walton Blesch Field Saturday afternoon.
On September 21, Kingsford posted a 14-13 win over the Maroons to take the GNC title in a game that saw Menominee go for a late two-point conversion and the win as opposed to playing it safe with a kick to tie late in the game.
One and a half yards short of victory is what coach Joe Noha remembers from that one.
But fast forward four weeks and coach Noha's Maroons appear to be up for the challenge of facing the also 9-1 Flivvers in the district title game Saturday at 1pm.
Menominee came out of the playoff gates with plenty of swagger against the Stags. They needed only two touches to roll over the defense and into the end zone on their first possession, as Devon Harris broke free for a 32-yard scoring run. Harris (13 carries, 141 yards) would score again later in the opening quarter from five yards out to put the Maroons up 14-0.
"This was a nice win for us," said Menominee head coach Joe Noha. "The kids found ways to score. They threw the ball well and ran it with authority. They also blocked and tackled well."
The well-rounded performance, especially early on, saw the home team Maroons up 35-0 at halftime.
Shaun Sullivan scored from 40-yards out on a perfect pass from Harris for the first score of the second quarter. Up next was James Brown (eight carries, 105 yards) with the score from a yard out and then again from six yards out before halftime for touchdown number two, putting the game out of reach at the break.
Meanwhile, all Kingsley wanted to do was run the ball. And while the Stags got a huge ground game out of Tristen Eickenroth (17 carries, 122 yards, two touchdowns), they didn't find much success against an efficient Menominee defense. Eickenroth picked up his first touchdown in the third quarter off of a 65-yard run and then capped off the game's scoring in the fourth with a rushing score from 12 yards out.
"Defensively, they presented some challenges for us with their skilled people," said Noha after the game. "But as the game went on, our defense dominated the action. They played hard and took care of business. It sets up a good battle against Kingsford. Both teams have changed a bit since the last game. We'll just do what we do well. We put in a few wrinkles since the last meeting. But the bottom line is that we'll have to execute."