MARQUETTE - With a lightning delay and a scoreless first half, Marquette Senior High School's nonconference win over Sault Ste. Marie High School on Friday night got off to a slow start.
The Redmen, who won 7-0 with a late third quarter touchdown from Alex Sherbinow, are now 3-0 on the season with two previous nonconference wins over Cheboygan and Detroit Denby.
Sherbinow ended the night with 156 yards on 30 carries, good to lead his team in yardage.
Sault Area High School’s Benjamin Formolo (2) gets tackled by Marquette Senior High School’s Alex Gagnon (80) Friday’s game in?Marquette. The Redmen topped the Blue Devils, 7-0. (Journal photo by Amanda Monthei)
"He was a monster on both sides of the ball," Sault Ste. Marie coach Scott Menard said of Sherbinow. "That was really the difference. He was running the ball and then playing defense."
Sherbinow's touchdown, which came with 3:13 left in the third quarter, remained unanswered by the Sault offense despite a handful of opportunities in the end zone for the Blue Devils.
"I think Marquette gave us three opportunities to score," Menard said. "We had three chances inside the red zone and it's a credit to (Marquette's) defense that we just couldn't put it in."
With just two and a half minutes left in the game, the Blue Devils had the ball within 10 yards of the goal line, but quickly met a strong Marquette defense, shutting them down and earning the Redmen a first down on their own 5-yard line.
"We stepped up on defense when we were in some pretty bad position," Marquette head coach Dave L'Huillier said.
But despite his teams' ability to curb three potential Sault touchdowns and remain undefeated, L'Huillier is hoping to show a little more of a balanced offense for next week's 7 p.m. Great Northern Conference opener against Escanaba in Marquette.
The Eskymos are 1-1 heading into today's game at home against Cedar Grove-Belgium of Wisconsin.
"We're having a hard time trying to throw it. All three of our completions tonight were short passes," L'Huillier said of the Redmen's 3-of-3 passing night for only 16 yards. "We've got to be more balanced on offense."
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