MARINETTE—The Marinette Marines (0-4) fell by a final score of 35-8 against the Freedom Irish (4-0) at Higley Stadium Friday night.
The game pitted the Marines against an Irish squad that entered the contest having outscored their opponents 98-0 on the season.
Marinette coach Nate Anderson knew the task facing his Marines was immense.
“We knew going in that they were one of the top teams in the state. I fully expect them to make a run at a State title. This is a special team for them. They get a lot of turnovers, they have a talented offense and obviously they do not allow a lot of points,” he said.
Marinette held the score to 7-0 through the first quarter, with the only score coming on a 25-yard run from Freedom’s Carter Kriewaldt.
“We did a good job stopping the pass early,” Anderson said, “but they were able to run the ball, and when we stuffed the box later on, they were able to open some passing lanes.”
The Irish pushed their advantage to 21-0 at halftime after a 10-yard TD run from Kriewaldt and a 20-yard scoring pass from Nathan Senso to Cole Jochman.
Freedom then put the game well out of reach with two more touchdowns in the third quarter. Senso hit Jack Vosters from seven yards out to make it 28-0, and Tucker Brockman found the endzone at the end of a 20-yard run to cap Freedom’s scoring for the night.
“We knew we would have to have some big plays to stay in it, and that didn’t happen,” Anderson said “but we still played physical to the end and that’s our identity.”
In the fourth quarter the Marines offense, which has yet to be shutout this season and entered the game averaging just under 19 points per game, put together a methodical 60-yard drive.
Adam Lemery, Brett Whiting, Darik McMahon, Hayden Treptow and Matthew Twork all carried the ball, as the Marines converted twice on fourth down while pounding the middle of the Freedom line.
On third and seven from the 39-yardline Lemery hit Whiting with a 19-yard pass. Then, on third and goal from the four-yardline, Treptow punched the ball in for the score.
“They still had a lot of starters in and their backups are great too” Anderson said. “It was nice to be the first to get some points on them, and I think that’s something that not a lot of teams are going to be able to do.
For the game, Freedom put together 301 yards of total offense while limiting Marinette to 128 yards. The Marines were 4-of-14 on third down and 4-for-4 on fourth down. Each team committed one turnover.
Lemery finished the game 2-of-5 passing for 30 yards while adding 22 rushing yards on 17 carries. Defensively he made 8 tackles and had the game’s lone interception.
Whiting ran the ball 16 times for 47 yards and made a pair of receptions for 30 yards. McMahon finished with 18 yards on seven carries.
Marinette will return to action on Friday, when they travel to Denmark (3-1). That game is scheduled for a 7 p.m. kickoff.
Freedom 35, Marinette 8
Freedom 7 14 14 0—35
Marinette 0 0 0 8—8
Passing: (Marinette) Lemery 2-5-30. (Freedom) Senso 8-13-103, 2 TDs, INT.
Rushing: (Marinette) Whiting 16-47; Lemery 17-22; McMahon 7-18; Treptow 2-5; TD, Jackson 1-4; Twork 2-2. (Freedom) Kriewaldt 17-117, 2 Tds; Brockman 1-20, TD.
Receiving: (Marinette) Whiting 2-30. (Freedom) Vosters 2-11, TD; Jochman 2-33, TD.