SHERBURNE – In just two weeks, Sherburne-Earlville has gone from a team struggling to score points, to a club that is now finding a home in the endzone.
The Marauders tucked away their second straight blowout win Friday night scoring four touchdowns over the final 17 minutes of the game to run away from winless Little Falls, 42-7.
In reality, the contest was a shutout for the Marauders’ defense as the only Little Falls score came on a tipped ball and interception return for a touchdown in the first half. The Mounties’ offense never threatened to score a point on their own, and only crossed midfield into S-E territory two times, the closest to the endzone being the Marauders’ 41.
“This is probably the third or fourth game in a row where the defense has played really well,” said S-E second-year coach Mike Jasper. “It’s our strength this year, and the kids played hard and play every down. They keep us going until our offense finds a rhythm.”
The Marauders didn’t have much trouble moving the ball, but the old bug-a-boo – ill-timed penalties – robbed the host team of two touchdowns. What could have been at least a three-touchdown lead at halftime was a mere 13-7 advantage on the strength of TD runs from Chris Santiago and Greg DuVall.
“We did a lot of things in the first half that we had been doing earlier in the year – the penalties – that kept us out of the endzone,” Jasper said. “It was a frustrating first half because we felt we should have had a bigger lead, and we didn’t.”