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Marshall primed to battle St. Peter in Week 2

Independent file photo Marshall’s Spencer Wambeke (52) makes a tackle during their game against Jordan on Oct. 26, 2019. Marshall will take on St. Peter today.

MARSHALL — Last week, the Marshall football team had a strong start to their season, as they accounted for 577 yards of total offense while holding New Ulm to 239 yards, including 71 yards passing.

Marshall was led offensively by Brevin Runia, who completed eight of his 13 pass attempts for 182 yards and four touchdowns. DeMario Gaines led in rushing with 96 yards and a touchdown while Chidi Nwakama added 91 yards and a score and Runia had 80 yards on the ground and a score of his own. Bryce Lance led in receiving with 140 yards and three touchdowns while Nwakama added 27 yards and a score.

Defensively, Grant Louwagie led with 12.5 total tackles while Runia and Jack Bly each added four tackles and Blake Fogelson and AJ Toulouse each had three tackles while Toulouse and Lance each had an interception.

Marshall coach Terry Bahlmann said it was great to be out on the field again and felt they did a lot of good things, especially on offense, but added they made a few mistakes in their opening game.

“First of all, it was great to get out and play again. The guys were excited and it was a different atmosphere and we had a lot of fans there, but it was just a chance for us to go out and play,” Bahlmann said. “Obviously without as many practices we normally have, we made a lot of mistakes but I think every team is going to make a lot of mistakes. We showed we were explosive on offense and our tempo was good; I thought we got a little tired on defense but we’ll be better.”

This week, Marshall continues its road trip with a visit to St. Peter to take on the Saints, with kickoff slated for 7 p.m. St. Peter will begin its season after having their game canceled last week. The Saints will be led by Kole Guth, Riley Throdahl, Gaige Burgess, Ethan Grant and Nathan Fogal.

“They graduated a three-year starter at quarterback last year and went with a lot of empty formations. They were quarantined the first week so we don’t have any film on them, so they’re going in for their first game and we’re going in for our second, so they get to see us on film,” Bahlmann said. “Our advantage is we get a chance to clean up some mistakes we did last week. Again it will be coaching on the fly and we’ll see what they’ll run.”

On the defensive end, Bahlmann said they’ve been working on their alignment and they’ll need to find their assignments right away.

“Defensively, it’s about assignment alignment. If we align correctly and then go, we’ll be fine,” Bahlmann said. “We’ve got to play a lot of people with the way conditioning has been and get some reserves in there and they’ve got to make some plays.”

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