WOODSTOCK– After netting minus-six yards on the two previous running plays, Marian Central looked to be shifting the momentum to its side.
Marmion running back took a toss off the left side and was looking at a wall of Hurricane defenders before pulling up to pass and hitting running back Josh Meyers wide open down the left sideline for a 42-yard touchdown.
The touchdown put the Cadets up by 11 at the end of the third quarter and Marian Central was never able to recover, falling 28-10.
"I'm sure that's something they had set up and they called it at the right time," Hurricanes linebacker Chris Daniels said. "We were switching coverages, and that was kind of a backbreaker."
The Hurricanes (3-1) had to get on the defense quickly, after Marmion went 16 plays and 73 yards for a score on their first drive. Facing fourth and goal, Cadets quarterback Brock Krueger hit Seth Sevenich on a quick slant for a three-yard touchdown.
Marian Central couldn't gather any momentum, with the Cadets defense picking off Hurricanes quarterback Billy Bahl three times and sacking him two times.
"We didn't come prepared and it showed. They came prepared," Hurricanes wide reciever/defensive end Tanner Spoden said. "They sat on all the routes and they were pressuring. We weren't prepared for that. We practiced them playing off. We weren't prepared for the press."
Marian Central scored all of its points in the second quarter. From their own 16-yard line, Bahl hit Brett Olson for a 20-yard gain on the first play, then found Olson again wide open in the middle of the field for a 64-yard touchdown.
After a red zone stand that ended in an interception by Johnny Churak on the Cadets next possession, the Hurricanes were able to start a drive from their 4-yard line. Bahl hit Olson for a 26-yard gain that converted a third-and-8, but the ball came loose as Olson was going to the ground and the Cadet defense recovered. Fives plays later, including a 43-yard pass, Marmion went up by 7 with 1:41 left in the second half.
The Hurricanes were able to get inside the Marmion 15-yard line with less than a minute in the first half, but incomplete passes forced Marian to settle for a field goal from the 9-yard line with 29 seconds left.