PREP FOOTBALL: Marshall wraps up perfect regular season with 76-34 rout over Jordan
MARSHALL- The Marshall football team has managed to once again maintain a perfect regular season record as they defeated Jordan 76-34, while Jefferson Lee V finished off his regular season with a record-breaking 100th career touchdown that has only been accomplished two times before in Minnesota State High School League history.
“This achievement that I’ve earned means that I have a great group of guys protecting me at all times- Gabe, Jordan, Fish; all of those guys do a great job,” Lee V said. “It wasn’t just this year either; they’ve done a great job every single year that I’ve played. I make sure that I’m right and that I can do what I need to do when it comes time. When they set that perfect block, I make sure that I can look pretty and run as fast as I can.”
Lee V began his touchdown crusade early in the first quarter off of a 22-yard touchdown run two minutes into the game. The Tigers put a quick stop to Jordan’s return right away, keeping them to the 23 yard line and only let them have a gain of one yard. Unfortunately, Marshall’s defense let a Hubmen player slip through to reach the 32 yard line and a first down. Another pass from Jordan moved their offense further down the field with Marshall’s defense still struggled to effectively cover the passes, which resulted in a touchdown from Jordan followed by a failed two point conversion.
Shortly after the Hubmen found the end zone, Lee achieved another six points off of a herculean 80-yard touchdown run followed by a bad kick. Jordan received the ball at the 40 yard line from where they found a hole in the Tiger’s defense which allowed for an easy pass up the middle. A Hubmen player received a 61 yard pass and moved down the sideline for a touchdown, setting the score at 12-13. Lee would see two one-yard touchdown runs which were quickly followed by a 79-yard touchdown pass to Nick Klaith from Trey Lance. Tyrese Lee would accomplish a 38-yard touchdown run which ended the scored points in the first quarter at 41-12.
The second quarter had Jordan starting out with no passes meeting their target, thanks to Marshall’s defenders who increased pressure on the passes. The second quarter scoring was again started by Lee when he ran for an 18-yard touchdown. Seth Cattoor saw some action when he managed to score off of an 11-yard run. After a long streak of only Marshall scoring, the Tigers allowed the Hubmen to catch a glimpse of the end zone when a 26-yard pass was made, followed by a failed two point conversion.
Cattoor scored yet another touchdown, this time off of a 29-yard pass from Lance. Jackson Hughes saw a huge sack with two minutes left with Andrew Bennett assisting. Marshall’s defense increased the pressure, and Trey Lance intercepted a Hubmen pass before running the ball back for a 76-yard touchdown with only 28 seconds left in the first half. Jordan took a knee to effectively end the first half with the Tigers leading 69-18.
The third quarter belonged to Jordan who scored all of the points in this quarter. A Hubmen offender slipped through defenders on the side line for a touchdown after Marshall defenders failed to stop the 52-yard pass. Marshall’s possession was unsuccessful and resulted in a forced punt after Jordan held the Tigers to four downs. A penalty on the Tiger’s defense increase the Hubmens yardage by 20, which was shortly followed by a pass interference. Another Jordan touchdown was seen off of a 43-yard pass, which moved the ending score of the third quarter to 69-34.
Marshall forced Jordan to a fourth down quickly. A pass was completed for some yardage gains for the Hubmen, but their efforts were stalled when Naughton pushed the Jordan offender back to prevent the first down. Trey Steinbach almost achieved an interception, but failed to hold onto the ball; Steinbach followed this up with a sack on the quarterback to set the Hubmen back to the 19. Nick Klaith was the only person to earn points in the fourth quarter out of both teams, and he achieved this off of a 69-yard interception return to set the game at its final score of 76-34.
When asked about how Marshall’s playoff season will look, Lee V provided an optimistic response. “We are looking to fix up defense; we don’t want anyone scoring on us. we are going to have a good post season; we have a good group of guys and we have potential. We can do it,” he said.
Jordan 12 6 16 0 – 34
Marshall 41 28 0 7 – 76
MAR Jefferson Lee V 22-yard run (PAT good)
JOR Tariq Smith 14-yard run (PAT good)
MAR Jefferson Lee V 80-yard run (PAT no good)
JOR 61-yard pass
MAR Jefferson Lee V 1-yard run (PAT good)
MAR Jefferson Lee V 1-yard run (PAT good)
MAR Trey Lance to Nick Klaith 79-yard pass (PAT good)
MAR Tyrese Lee 37-yard run (PAT good)
MAR Jefferson Lee V 18-yard run (PAT good) *100th career TD
MAR Seth Cattoor 11-yard run (PAT good)
MAR Trey Lance to Seth Cattoor 29-yard pass (PAT good)
JOR 36-yard pass
MAR Trey Lance 76-yard INT return (PAT good)
JOR Draheim to Samuelson 52-yard pass (2-point good)
JOR Draheim to Samuelson 43-yard pass (2-point good)
Passing (comp-att-yds-td-int): Marshall (Lance 6-7-184-2-0)
Rushing (att-yds-td): Marshall (J. Lee V 11-185-5, Raini 5-47, Giannelli 3-44, T. Lee 1-38-1, Cattoor 1-11-1)
Receiving (rec-tds-td): Marshall (Klaith 2-112-1, Hess 2-36, Cattoor 1-29-1)