By Steve Franklin
Sun Sports Correspondent
CLINTON – Sherburne-Earlville’s coaching staff issued a challenge to its players prior to Saturday’s kickoff at Clinton.
Could the Marauders dominate the way that the coaching staff believed? Could they put together 48 minutes of flawless football? Could they pick up a road win and keep their playoff hopes alive?
They certainly could.
Sherburne-Earlville racked up a season-high 365 yards of total offense, and its defense came up with five sacks and six interceptions as the Marauders rolled over division foe Clinton in dominating fashion, 35-6 in its regular season road finale.
“This is what we have been waiting for. We have been right on the edge, and this week we put it all together, especially on offense,” S-E head coach Mike Jasper said. "The defense was relentless this afternoon, it was a great performance and allowed us to get the offense going. It was a solid team win that we needed."
After a quiet opening quarter, Sherburne-Earlville’s offense erupted in the second stanza as the Marauders took advantage of a pair of turnovers.
Following an interception by senior Chris Santiago that set up S-E inside Clinton territory, the Marauders began the onslaught, stringing together a 49-yard drive that culminated in a one-yard touchdown plunge by running back Greg Duvall.
On its next possession, the Marauders gained only seven yards on three plays and appeared ready to punt.