KINGSFORD - Kingsford staved off a Marquette comeback to post a 21-14 Great Northern Conference football victory Friday at Flivver Field.
The Flivvers built a seemingly comfortable 21-0 lead after three quarters of their homecoming test. The Redmen took charge in the final period, scoring twice and missing out on another golden opportunity.
"Case in point, when you've got a chance to get off the field, you have to get off the field," Kingsford coach Chris Hofer said about his defense. "You can't be having dumb penalties and missed tackles where they can extend drives."
Kingsford was flagged seven times for 75 yards, including two personal fouls that kept Marquette drives alive.
Kingsford's defense smothered Marquette (4-2, 1-2 GNC) in the first half, yielding 49 yards and one first down.
"Obviously, in the first half we didn't move the ball as well as we should have," Marquette coach Dave L'Huillier said. "Defensively, our guys played real well. We came up with a lot of big stops.
"I'm very proud of the way we played and very proud of the way we came back. Our guys could have rolled it in and said we're not going to win this one."
In the fourth quarter, Marquette was faced with a fourth-and-three from the Flivver 17. Marquette quarterback Brett Place found a wide-open target with a clear path to the end zone but the ball was dropped.
"That's just part of the game," L'Huillier said. "We made some plays in the second half, but we didn't make enough plays in the first half to deserve to win the game."
Marquette didn't waste its next opportunity as Alex Sherbinow pinballed through Flivvers for a 35-yard TD jaunt at the 6:49 mark.
After the Flivvers held the ball for 40 seconds and punted to the Redmen 10, Marquette marched 90 yards with a 46-yard screen pass to Sherbinow keying a 19-yard TD pitch to Brett Beauchamp with 3:32 left.
Beauchamp, one of two receivers in the end zone with Flivver defenders, grabbed a tipped ball for the score.
The Flivvers recovered the onside kick to close it out.