THE CITY REBORN FROM THE ASHES OF AMERICA'S MOST DISASTROUS FOREST FIRE
Menominee Routs Riverside
Brown, Brilinski Key Lopsided Win
Making it to the end zone on each of their first 4 drives, the Menominee Maroons routed visiting Milwaukee Riverside Friday 42-7. Now 2-0 on the season, the Maroons unleashed a dominating ground attack that ripped through Riverside for 235 yards.
Leading the Menominee running game was the one-two punch of James Brown, 16 carries for 112 yards and 2 touchdowns) while Justin Brilinski added 13 rushes for 86 yards and 2 scores. Brilinski also had a field day throwing the football, completing 11 of 19 passes for 127 yards and two teedees.
Menominee lit up the scoreboard for 28 first half points on its first 4 offensive possessions. Brown got the scoring started with a 14 yard run with nearly 10 minutes left to play in the first quarter. Evan Pohlmann booted the first of 6 extra points for a 7-0 lead.
Six minutes later Brilinski spotted Sullivan in the back of the end zone to cap a 54 yard drive (4:56).
Riverside (0-3) cut the deficit in half with 90 seconds left in the opening frame when Jeremy Gray scored from 2 yards out.
Menominee answered the lone Riverside score with the next 28 points. Brilinski found the comforts of the end zone twice in period two on runs of 27 and 4 yards. The first score came just 8 seconds into the second quarter and the second at the 9:25 mark, set up by a 28 yard pass from Brilinski to Nate Marcin.
Holding that 28-7 edge at halftime, the Maroons put the game on ice in period three with two more touchdowns. Getting the ball to open the third quarter, Menominee scored when Shaun Sullivan grabbed a 5 yard pass from Brilinski to cap a 7 play, 64 yard drive (4:32).
Brown capped the games scoring on a 9 yard jaunt with just over a minute to play in the third quarter.
The Maroons (2-0) will put their unbeaten mark on the line Saturday with a road trip to Gaylord to take on the defending Division 8 state champion Harbor Beach. Last year Menominee was the only team to defeat Harbor Beach.