Marmion utilized the big play both offensively and defensively to dominate Fenton and win 39-0 in Aurora.
The Cadets (8-2) were also able to cope with the rain and slippery conditions better than the Bison, who fumbled six times and lost three of them.
Mike Montalbano scored on the first play of the game, an 80-yard scamper. Enzo Olabi then grabbed an 85-yard scoring pass from Brock Krueger on Marmion's next possession, which started at its own one-yard line. When Krueger found Josh Meyers for a 62-yard scoring bomb at 3:06 of the first quarter, the rout was on.
“We ran the same play to the other side and Enzo got it for a long touchdown, so we knew it was going to work,” said Meyers. “So we ran it again, and the guy bit on the fake and I was wide open.”
Less than two minutes later, Meyers picked off an errant William Wassmann pass and returned it 34 yards to paydirt to give Marmion a 27-0 lead after one.
“Their receiver fell down in front of me, so I was able to jump the route and run it in,” said Meyers.
Sam Breen finished a 32-yard, five-play drive in the second quarter with a five-yard touchdown run, and Marmion led 33-0 at intermission. Sean Campbell concluded the scoring with a 67-yard run in the third quarter.
Lucas Warren (14 carries, 72 yards) helped the Cadets pile up 328 yards of total offense in the first half, while the Bison (who finish the season 6-4) were only able to accumulate 36 total yards before the intermission.
“We had a great week of practice. We saw on the film that they really brought their free safety up, so we prepared for it and were able to take advantage of it,” said Marmion coach Dan Thorpe.
Alex Cowan was a horse for Fenton, running 81 yards on 24 touches and catching four passes for 37 yards.
“I had a good season because of my offensive line,” said Cowan. “I have to give it all to my line, Matt Lucas, and Tommy Corona.”
The Cadets move to the next round to face Prairie Ridge.