AURORA – The Marmion football team marched through the visiting Ottawa Pirates, 38-7, on Friday at Fichtel Field.
The Cadets wore down the Pirates using 11 carries and rushing for 275 yards.
Junior Lucas Warren stole the show for the Cadets, rushing for 143 yards and four touchdowns.
The Cadets’ run game was not the only thing working. Marmion’s defense held the Pirates to 15 total yards in the first half. The combination of wet grass and the aggressive Cadet defense gave Ottawa game-long problems.
“I think we started to wear them down,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said.
The momentum swung in favor of the Cadets (2-0) in the first quarter when senior Patrick Zolfo pounced on muffed punt by the Pirates deep in their territory. That turnover led to a Warren rushing touchdown and gave Marmion a 10-0 lead.
Marmion then proceeded to score 28 unanswered points. Ottawa’s only score came in the fourth quarter on a 75-yard scamper by senior Josh Williams. He finished his night with 97 yards on 12 carries.
Overall, the Cadets controlled the pace of the game.
“We’re doing the little things that good teams do,” Thorpe said.
Sophomore kicker Connor Hoeft had a perfect night converting four extra points as well as netting a 33-yard field goal in the first quarter.
Quarterbacks Rusty Joyce and Johnny Tate combined to have only two completions on the night but both led to scores.
With under 9 minutes to go in the fourth quarter, Eli Baltazar had a strip fumble returned for a touchdown, making to increase Marmion’s lead to 38-0.
The Cadets visit rival St. Francis next week in what will be a battle of 2-0 teams.
Marmion 38, Ottawa 7
Ottawa 0 0 0 7- 7
Marmion 3 21 7 7- 38
MA- 33 kick by Hoeft, 4:23
MA- Warren 10 rush (Hoeft kick), 11:55
MA- Warren 30 rush (Hoeft kick), 6:55
MA- Warren 5 rush (Hoeft kick), 2:14
MA- Warren 55 rush (Hoeft kick), 7:41
MA-Baltazar 37 fumble recovery (Fincher kick), 8:54
OTT- Williams 75 rush (Cunha kick), 8:35
Rushing - Ottawa: Williams 12-97, Poundstone 7-15, Porter 15-8, Close 2-4, Bilyeu 1-3 Total: 127. Marmion: Warren 10-143, Campbell 2-53, Tate 2-41, Ferraro 6-19, Jordan 5-16, Moore 1-10, Arnold 2-9, Traxler 2-3, Gibson 1-1, Talarico 1-0, Joyce 2 minus Total: 295
Passing - Ottawa: Porter 3-5-0-23 Totals: 23. Marmion: Joyce 1-5-0-52, Tate 1-1-0-32 Totals: 82
Receiving - Ottawa: Williams 1-12, Repko 1-8, Scully 1-3. Marmion: Bacorn 2-84
Total Offense - Ottawa: 150, Marmion 377
Sophomore Score - Marmion 34, Ottawa 14