Marauders ousted from Section III playoffs

SHERBURNE – Sherburne-Earlville’s best football season since rejoining Section III over a decade ago ended abruptly Friday night.

The hitherto unbeaten campaign was vanquished due to turnovers and a bevy of mistakes that conspired against the host Marauders in a 23-12 Class C playoff loss to Thousand Islands.

S-E (7-1) had three turnovers, a botched punt snap that led to a Vikings touchdown, and a number of penalties at crucial times that clearly aided the Thousand Islands cause.

At 7-1, the season is over, said S-E coach Mike Jasper, who does not want to risk any potential injuries to his athletes in what would be a meaningless week nine game.

“We picked a heck of a night to make mistakes that we really haven’t made that much this season,” Jasper said. ‘I don’t believe I’ve had a game where we had everything go wrong and bite us in the (butt).”

Through most of the season, the Marauders’ stingy defense held firm after any turnovers, and the offense was so dominant, at times, ball control prevailed when points weren’t being scored. On this night, though, the Vikings were able to capitalize, that despite just 101 yards of total offense.

On S-E’s first possession, an intentional grounding penalty on third down lost 17 total yards, and on fourth down, the punt snap sailed over punter Brady Sopchak’s head losing another 19, but more importantly, setting Thousand Islands up 24 yards from the S-E goal line. A Marauders personal foul penalty on third down gave the Vikings first-and-goal from the six, and Travis Anderson scored two plays later from five yards out for the first score.

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