Menominee's Aidan Bellisle intercepts a pass inteded for Marinette's Maxwell Heckel in the second quarter of the M&M Game at Higley Stadium in Marinette.


MARINETTE —Not even a pandemic could keep tradition down.

Played under COVID-19 restrictions, the 114th edition of the M&M between the Marinette Marines and the Menominee Maroons was a throwback to the yesteryear of football, with plenty of hard hits, smash-mouth runs, and even a punt return all playing part. Unfortunately for host Marinette, two turnovers proved costly as the Maroons were able to run away with a 42-8 victory at Higley Stadium on Friday.

The Maroons picked off two Marine passes and ran the ball effectively all game while never allowing Marinette’s ground game to get up and running.

The game’s opening salvo came with 4:58 left in the first quarter as Kaden Calcari ran back a Marine punt for a touchdown. Cooper Conway nailed the PAT to make it a 7-0 game. The two teams traded possessions until Jonathan Spegel bullied his way to a 45-yard scoring run just one minute into the second quarter. Another successful PAT made it a 14-0 game in favor of Menominee.

The Maroons continued to score thanks to a Joseph Romero-Haire touchdown pass to Braody Waara with 2:30 left until halftime. The two teams traded turnovers until Menominee took the half’s final possession, but could not score, to make it a 21-0 game at halftime.

Marinette finally got on the board after Adam Lemery and Brady Whiting teamed up to stuff Romero-Haire at the goalline for a safety to make the score 21-2. Building on that momentum, Lemery threaded a 20-yard TD pass to Darik McMahon with just 11.1 seconds left in the third quarter to pull the Marines within 14.

The fourth quarter was simply owned by the Maroons, who scored on a 6-yard run from Spegel and a 17-yard score by Aidan Bellisle. With 3:59 remaining in the game, Chad Kenney broke off a 33-yard touchdown to put the game on ice for Menominee 42-8.

A full story on the 114th M&M will be in Monday’s edition of the EagleHerald