Football: Marmion downs Plainfield Central 25-7
By Tom Strong For Sun-Times Media August 31, 2013 5:34PM
Plainfield Central defensive players celebrate a Nick Petrou (76) fumble recovery during the second quarter in Aurora Saturday August 31, 2013.| Ray Luna/For Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 1, 2013 2:40AM
Although Marmion Academy dominated statistically against Plainfield Central in Saturday’s season opener, the game was not really decided until the fourth quarter as the Cadets posted a 25-7 victory.
Mike Montalbano scampered 13 yards for a touchdown in the contest’s first minute. When quarterback Brock Krueger ran for a 2-yard score to finish a short drive three minutes later (after a Wildcat fumble), it seemed the rout was on for the Cadets, who led 14-0 before four minutes had elapsed.
“We knew we had to come out fast, hit hard and get an early lead,” said Montalbano, who finished with 157 yards on just nine carries. “The line was strong, came out fast and hit hard. They were mentally and physically tough (Saturday).”
“It was a great team effort. Wide receivers were blocking — everybody was in there,” added back Lucas Warren, who had 97 yards on 14 carries. “But we had more turnovers than we should have.”
The turnover bug definitely hit Marmion for the remainder of the first half. The Cadets lost three fumbles, and Krueger threw an interception near the goal line as the half was winding down.
Central quarterback Mike Smiles hit Dom Rios-Sterr with a 21-yard scoring strike in the second quarter after one of the Marmion miscues deep in its own territory. The Wildcats trailed 14-7 at intermission, totaling 100 yards of offense to the Cadets’ 271.
Central lost a fumble and threw three interceptions in the first half.
Marmion’s defense allowed Central nine offensive snaps in the third quarter. The Cadets defense recorded a safety when Joe Talbot tackled quarterback Matt Gurke in the end zone at the six-minute mark. Smiles had left the game with an injury early in the stanza.
After yet another interception by the Cadets, this one by Noel Abraham, Warren finished a short drive with a 3-yard touchdown run on the first play of the fourth quarter. Marmion finally had some breathing room with a 22-7 lead.
Riley DeMoss finished the scoring with a 27-yard field goal for the Cadets midway through the fourth.
Josh Meyers also was strong in Marmion’s rushing attack with 69 yards on eight carries.
Each team was plagued by turnovers, which were partly caused by a downpour early in the game. The Cadets lost four fumbles and threw one interception, and the Wildcats lost one fumble and were picked off six times.
“We have some size and guys who can run in linemen Luke Juriga and Zach Siwiec, and some bigger backs who will block in Montalbano, Meyers and Enzo Olabi,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. “When you have linemen who can run in this offense, and backs who will make that down block, we can reap the benefits as we did (Saturday). We also have to be able to play in these elements.”