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Marmion football makes up for sluggish start

Published: Saturday, Sept. 14, 2013 5:32 a.m. CDT

AURORA – The Marmion football team overcame a poor first quarter to defeat St. Edward, 27-10, in the teams’ Suburban Christian Blue Conference opener on Friday night.

The first quarter was all St. Edward as Marmion only ran five plays.

On the Cadets’ first play from scrimmage at Marmion’s 22-yard line, the Green Wave intercepted a Brock Krueger pass. The drive stalled at the 10-yard line and St. Edward settled for a 25-yard Joe French field goal.

Marmion (3-0, 1-0 SCC Blue) couldn’t muster a first down on its next possession and the Green Wave held the ball the rest of the quarter, starting a drive on their own 20-yard line. They finished the drive early in the second quarter when Davontae Elam (81 yards on 26 carries) scored on a 2-yard run 44 seconds into the period to take a 10-0 lead.

Luck turned Marmion’s way later in the quarter. The Cadets started their second drive of the quarter from St. Edward’s 37 thanks to a high punt that went out of bounds. Two plays later, the Cadets’ Mike Montalbano scored on a 29-yard run.

On the Green Wave’s next series, Jake Gallaher intercepted a Bryan O’Neil pass. The pick, coupled with a St. Edward penalty, put the Cadets on the Green Wave’s 13-yard line. On the third play of the series, running back Jordan Glasgow, playing in his first game of the season (ankle sprain), scampered 5 yards for the TD to put Marmion up 13-10 when the PAT failed.

The junior running back was used sparingly, carrying the ball only three times for a total of 35 yards.

St. Edward (2-1, 0-1) attempted to tie the game up with five seconds left in the half on another French field goal, but it failed.

The Cadets’ defense solved the Green Wave’s offense in the second half. St. Edward was shut out in the last two quarters, running only six series and making four first downs.

Marmion finally put some distance between itself and the Green Wave in the fourth quarter. Montalbano (97 yards on nine carries) scored his second touchdown at the 7:30 mark with a 7-yard run to put the Cadets up, 20-13.

Cadets sophomore Lucas Warren (67 yards in 12 carries) scored the final TD of the night with a 14-yard run with a minute to go in the game.

Marmion travels to Woodstock Friday night to battle SCC Blue rival Marian Central.

ST. EDWARD 3 7 0 0 MARMION 0 13 0 14

HOW THEY SCORED First Quarter SE French 24 yard field goal (6:52)

Second Quarter SE Elam 2 yard run (French Kick) 11:16 Marmion Montalbano 29 yard run (DeMoss kick) 5:25 Marmion Glasgow 5 yard run (PAT failed) 1:47

Fourth Quarter Marmion Montalbano 7 yard run (DeMoss kick) 7:30 Marmion Warren 14 yard run (DeMoss kick) 1:01

INDIVIDUAL STATISTICSRUSHING – St. Edward: Elam 27-82, Castoro 6-49, Allen 5-37, O’Neill 1-1, Total 39-178, Marmion Krueger 11-(-4), Warren 12-67, Glasgow 3-35, Montalbano 9-97, Olabi 5-42, Meyers 2-5, Breen 3-28, Total 45-270.

PASSING – St. Edward: Mullen 3-8-0-5, O’Neill 2-4-0-18 Marmion Krueger 0-3-0-0

RECEIVING – St. Edward: Castoro 5-23, Totals: 5-23. :

TOTAL OFFENSE – St. Edward 201 yards , Marmion 270 yards

SOPHOMORE GAME – Marmion 65, St. Edward 13

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