HARVARD– The Harvard football team's punishing drives were too muchfor Marengo in their 35-13 Big Northern Conference East Division victory.
The Hornets (5-0 overall, 2-0 BNC East) captured their 12th straight win in McHenry County's oldest rivalry, dropping the Indians (0-5, 0-2) to their 13th consecutive loss.
Harvard's offensive line of Dakota Trebes, Adam Freimund, KylePeterson, Juan Carbajal and Anthony Milanko helped pave the way for307 yards on the ground, and three scoring drives of more than 10 plays.
"It's the best feeling," Trebes said of blocking on the long drives."It's just hard work. We come off the ball and we're very consistent.It's very blue-collar."
Fullback Jose Mejia scored three rushing touchdowns to go with 125yards on 27 carries, with Ben Platt adding 148 yards on 12 carries anda touchdown.
"It's a team effort," Mejia said. "I feel like we can do a lot withthe line blocking that way."
Tailback Christian Kramer made his return to the Hornets' backfieldafter missing last week's game with a shoulder injury. Kramer only hadthree carries for nine yards, but did his damage on the Hornets' firstscoring drive of the game.
Kramer converted a fourth-and-two, and seven plays later punched it infrom two yards out. The touchdown ended a 15-play drive where theHornets converted a fourth down and two third downs. The Hornetsstarted the second half by putting together a 13-play, 75-yard scoringdrive with Mejia rushing seven times and Platt adding five rushes toend with Mejia scoring from two yards out.
Harvard coach Tim Haak said the plan was to get Kramer a few carries this game.
"He's getting better every day," Haak said.
The Indians were held to only 43 yards on the ground, but foundsuccess in the air. Marengo quarterback Zach Knoblock went 14 for 18 for189 yards and two touchdowns and an interception.
"He did a real nice job stepping up, staying composed and being in themoment," Indians coach Matt Lynch said.
Marengo answered Harvard's first score with a five-play scoring drivethat ended with Knoblock finding wide reciever Dustin Rondorf on aplay-action rollout for a nine-yard touchdown pass. Knoblock added a46-yard touchdown to Jarrell Jackson in the third quarter afterHarvard put 21 straight points on the board.
Jackson finished with 42 rushing yards on 12 attempts with six receptions for 70 yards. Rondorf added 81 yards on four receptions.
Harvard answered both of the Indians scores with touchdowns. TheHornets had a 10-play, 85-yard drive, featuring a 38-yard reception byJustin Nolen, that ended in Mejia's first touchdown. Nolen had 68 yardson four receptions. After the long pass to Jackson for the Indians,Harvard went 10 plays and 67 yards for Platt to score.