AURORA – Marmion football coach Dan Thorpe knew handing Marian Central its first loss of the year would be a tall task.
If the Cadets had a chance, Thorpe realized, they’d have to match the Hurricanes and their University of Minnesota-bound quarterback, Chris Streveler, almost point for point.
But after taking an early first-quarter lead, Marmion failed to generate anything more in a 34-7 loss Friday night.
“We’ve got to finish and we’ve had a little problem with that,” Thorpe said. “We’ve got to finish scores.”
The Cadets (1-3, 1-1 Suburban Christian Conference Blue) grabbed their only lead of the night when quarterback Brock Krueger connected with Tyler Eberth on a 6-yard touchdown pass.
But that was all the offense Marmion could generate as Marian Central’s defense shut the Cadets down the rest of the night.
Unfortunately for Marmion, its defense had no answer for Streveler.
Streveler accounted for four of Marian Central’s five touchdowns, twice connecting with Greg Walczak on touchdown passes of 80 and 44 yards before running for two touchdowns himself.
Ephriam Lee capped the scoring for Marian Central (4-0, 2-0) with a 12-yard touchdown run that put the game out of reach.
Streveler finished the game with 307 yards on 14-of-24 passing.
“He’s special,” Thorpe said.
Streveler took advantage of a solid effort by his offensive line and capitalized on Marmion’s inability to finish off scoring drives.
“We like to think we’ve got a pretty explosive offense and when the offensive line is playing as well as they are, it’s hard not to score,” Streveler said. “They stepped up big for us.”
MARIAN CENTRAL 34, MARMION 7 Marian Central 21 6 7 0 34 Marmion 7 0 0 0 7
MA – Eberth 6 pass from Krueger (5:58) Graham kick MC – Streveler 1 run (4:07) Faunce kick MC – Walczak 80 pass from Streveler (2:50) Faunce kick MC – Walczak 44 pass from Streveler (1:21) Faunce kickSecond quarter MC – Streveler 5 run (3:52) kick failedThird quarter MC – Lee 12 run (5:50) Faunce kick
RUSHING: Marian Central: Streveler 12-102, Lee 14-101, Wightman 2-minus 1, Haney 2-3. Marmion Academy: Glasgow: 20-89, 23-51, Meyers: 2-0, Snodgrass 6-39.PASSING: Marian Central: Streveler: 14-24-307, Faunce 0-1-0. Marmion: 16-23-124.RECEIVING: Marian Central: Tony Milone 3-46, Waytula 4-65, Walczak 5-153, Olsen 1-13, Ephram 1-10. Marmion: Eberth 4-24, Glasgow: 2-6, Sevenich 5-44, Meyers 1-21Total Team Yards: Marian Central: 512. Marmion Academy: 303Sophomore Score: Marian Central 14, Marmion 12