AURORA – Marmion wasn’t going to fail twice.
After falling to defending state champion Montini last week, the Cadets had a shot at another champion Friday night in Aurora.
A stunned Aurora Christian crowd watched visiting Marmion crush the defending 3A state champion Eagles 35-14, firmly entrenching the Cadets in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division race. With perhaps the toughest part of their schedule behind them, Marmion is in the driver’s seat for a high seed in the playoffs.
The difference for the Cadets (5-1, 3-1) was the health of junior running back Jordan Glasgow, who gashed the Aurora Christian (5-1, 3-1) defense for three first half scores – two rushing, one receiving – while gaining 123 yards on the night.
Glasgow had been nursing an ankle injury in the season’s first couple of weeks but looked dynamic for much of the night. Glasgow, who received a cortisone shot several weeks ago, put the Cadets up 6-0 early in the first quarter with a 63-yard touchdown run, breaking a few tackles on his way to the end zone.
“I got a cortisone injection, which made it feel a lot better. It feels a lot better now, but the cortisone injection really helped a lot,” Glasgow said. “It really made me ready to play almost right away. We played really well overall tonight.”
Glasgow ran behind a shuffled offensive line that lost starting center Andy Matthews early on. The Cadets played on as Luke Juriga moved from guard to center, and Jimmy Rogers slotted in at guard.
With the reworked offensive front, the Cadets ran roughshod over Aurora Christian, adding a second Glasgow score late in the first quarter. Facing a fourth-and-goal from the 2-yard line, Glasgow slipped through the left side of the line that gave Marmion a 14-0 lead.
Aurora Christian cut into the Marmion lead early in the second as Austin Bray hit Brandon Walgren on a 6-yard touchdown pass that made it 14-6. Marmion responded as Brock Krueger threw the first of two touchdown passes on the night, hooking up with Glasgow on a 7-yard strike that pushed the Marmion lead to 21-6.
A little over two minutes later, Krueger found Enzo Olabi on a 42-yard TD to push the lead to 28-6.
While everything seemed to go right for Marmion, it couldn’t have gone worse for Aurora Christian. Already missing tight end Jackson Carpenter, the Eagles lost Bray, Walgren, Noah Roberts, Jon Czerwinski and Trevor Hills to injury.
Beebe said Bray is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season with a separated shoulder.
“Our problem right now is we don’t have a quarterback” Beebe said. “Austin is going to be out for a while with a separated shoulder – AC joint.”
Roberts returned a punt 52 yards for a touchdown that brought Aurora Christian to within 28-14 with 2:33 left in the third quarter.
After forcing a three-and-out on Marmion’s next drive, Aurora Christian drove to the Cadets’ 16 before fumbling on fourth down. The Cadets methodically drove down the field on the ensuing drive as Krueger punched in an eight-yard run to seal the win.
“After a loss like we had against Montini, this really sets us back on the right track,” Glasgow said. “It was a very emotional game. Coming back and winning a game against another team that you have a pretty big rivalry with that really shows us that we can be very good.”
MARMION 35, AURORA CHRISTIAN 14
Marmion 14 14 0 7 – 30
Aurora Christian 0 6 8 0 – 0
HOW THEY SCORED
MN – Glasgow 63 run (kick failed), 7:42
MN – Glasgow 2 run (Glasgow 2 pt run), 0:19
AC – Walgren 6 pass from Bray (kick blocked), 8:45
MN – Glasgow 7 pass from Krueger (DeMoss kick), 4:41
MN – Olabi 42 pass from Krueger (DeMoss kick), 2:40
AC – Roberts 52 punt return (Smith 2-pt run), 2:33
MN – Krueger 8 run (DeMoss kick), 3:55
RUSHING – Marmion: Meyers 3-25, Glasgow 16-123, Krueger 14-22, Breen 2-5, Olabi 1-4, Abraham 2-12, Feltz 1-3. Totals 41-194. Aurora Christian: Hills 1-3, Smith 10-81, Walgren 4-52, Bray 3 minus 26, Hagerty 1 minus 23, Mobley 3-10. Totals: 22-97.
PASSING – Marmion: Krueger 7-9-119, Aurora Christian: Bray: 11-23-1-93.
RECEIVING – Marmion: Olabi 2-48, Breen 1-26, Glasgow 3-43, Meyers 1-9. Aurora Christian: Smith 4-25, Hills 1-4 Roberts 4-42, Walgren 2-24.
TOTAL YARDS – Marmion 313, Aurora Christian 190