MFL MarMac dominates Postville 84-16

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Receiver Brandon Christofferson was one of eight Bulldog players to score a touchdown in the 84-16 win over Postville on Sept. 30. (Photos by Audrey Posten)

Four Bulldogs—Brayden Gordon, Quinn McGeough and Braxton Halvorson (all standing) and Clayton Henkes (on the ground)—converged to stop Postville runner Jacob White. The MFL MarMac defense didn’t allow positive yards until the second quarter and a first down until the third.

Quinn McGeough scored two rushing touchdown for the Bulldogs.

Tyler Zuercher and Kade McElwaine make a defensive stop in the win over the Pirates.

Offensive lineman Bryce Diehl blocks for a Bulldog teammate.

Tristen Koehn showed off his wrestling moves in this takedown tackle versus Postville.

Karter Decker tallied a rushing touchdown and also ran a kick-off back 95 yards to the end zone.

The football popped out as Carver Blietz-Bentien tackled the Postville quarterback.

By Audrey Posten, Times-Register

 

The MFL MarMac football team scored early and often in a resounding 84-16 homecoming victory over Postville on Sept. 30. The win improved the Bulldogs to 5-1 overall and a perfect 3-0 in district play.

 

MFL MarMac tallied 64 of those points in the first half alone, and eight different players scored a touchdown. That included three by running back Wyatt Powell, who reached the end zone on each of his carries. Quinn McGeough added another two touchdowns on the ground, while Carver Blietz-Bentien, Tristen Koehn and Karter Decker each had one. Decker also returned a kick off 95 yards to the end zone, and Bryce Radloff  returned a punt 29 yards.

 

Bulldog quarterback Zach Driscoll threw the ball just four times, but completed three passes for 48 yards, including a pair of 21-yard touchdown receptions to Elias Hatt and Brandon Christofferson.

 

Kicker Jonah Wille was a perfect 7 for 7 on extra points and Dylan Jones made 3 of 4.

 

“We played our starters until about three or four minutes left in the second quarter,” said head coach Dan Anderson. “They need work, and I tell them to keep fighting like it’s a 0-0 ball game all the time, no matter who’s out there. Those first teamers didn’t look at the scoreboard. They kept fighting and doing what I asked them to do.”

 

The MFL MarMac defense had a similar mindset. Postville didn’t record positive yardage until the second quarter, and the team’s initial first down didn’t come until the third, after the Bulldog freshmen and sophomores had entered the game. The Pirates scored their two touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

 

MFL MarMac players recovered a season-high seven fumbles—two for Blietz-Bentien and one each by Koehn, Drew Earles, Kade McElwaine, Corbin McElwaine and Brayden Gordon. Dalton Krause snagged an interception.

 

McGeough led the team with 8 total tackles, while Powell posted 7.5 tackles—3.5 of which were for a loss—along with a sack. Kade McElwaine was responsible for 6.5 tackles, Koehn 6 and Blietz-Bentien 3.5. Taylor Herzmann totaled 3 tackles and earned MFL MarMac’s other sack. Brock Hackett, Carter Streicher and Braxton Halvorson also finished the game with 3 tackles apiece.

 

“We completely dominated them,” said Anderson. “Obviously, we wanted the shutout, but you don’t get extra points for shutouts. We got the win and everybody is healthy.”

 

This Friday, Oct. 7, MFL MarMac will head to Cascade, in what Anderson anticipates could be the decider for the Class 1A - District 4 title. The Bulldogs will wrap up district play at home the following week, against Beckman Catholic.

 

“Huge games left. We’ve put ourselves in position to win the district title,” Anderson said. “Cascade is really good. They’re really explosive on offense. Next week could be the district title game, and we need to be ready to play.”

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