Big play ability: Marquette rolls along on offense, defense for 28-7 win over Sault Ste. Marie

With less than 20 seconds left in the first half, Marquette’s Jacob MacPhee, top left, and Louis Fuess try to recover a punt blocked by teammate Jan van den Ende on Sault Ste. Marie’s Chris Kiekhaefer during their Big North Conference game played at William R. Hart Stadium in Marquette on Friday. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

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MARQUETTE — In their homecoming game against Sault Ste. Marie’s Blue Devils, the Marquette football team secured a big 28-7 victory.

“When you play with effort and when you play with energy, good things happen and they proved that today,” Marquette head coach Eric Mason said after the game.

Things started well right away for MSHS, scoring on their first possession on a 22-yard touchdown run to make it 7-0.

Marquette's Ford Richardson, top right, celebrates his second-quarter touchdown run with teammates Pavel McCutcheon, left, and Wyatt Lakenen during a Big North Conference football game played against Sault Ste. Marie at William R. Hart Stadium in Marquette on Friday. (Photo courtesy Daryl T. Jarvinen)

Despite Marquette getting an interception and moving the ball at times, the Blue Devils managed to tie the score when Tristan Walcher scored on his own run to even it 7-7.

Marquette’s Tucker Welch earned the crowd’s cheers as he sprinted from midfield, caught a pass and ran to the end zone. Unfortunately, the referees ruled that Welch ran out of bounds on the Soo 25-yard-line, voiding the TD.

Not to worry, though, a timely interception by Marquette at the Blue Devils’ 12 enabled Jaxon Jurmu to complete a pass to Jacob MacPhee, and following another extra point kick, MSHS was back on top 14-7.

Sault Ste. Marie took the second-half kickoff without going anywhere and Marquette quickly did to make it 21-7.

Then MSHS’ Wyatt Lakenen ended the ensuing Soo possession with an interception at just about the midfield stripe before his team’s offense scored from 33 yards out for the final margin even before the final quarter began.

“With every win, you watch the film, it’s never as good as you thought it was, it’s never as bad as you thought it was,” Mason said. “I was just proud of their effort, proud of the fact that they stayed in the game and battled to the end.”

Alexandria Bournonville can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 506. Her email address is abournonville@miningjournal.net.


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