Marshall way too much for New Ulm
Story courtesy of Sam Thiel/Marshall Independent
MARSHALL – The New Ulm football team kept up with the Marshall Tigers in the opening minutes of its Friday night game.
Unfortunately for the Eagles, the Tigers then found their footing and never looked back, as Marshall shut out New Ulm 73-0 at Mattke Field.
The Eagles got the ball to start the game and were able to use a pair of Marshall penalties to get to near midfield. New Ulm was then forced to punt, but placed it deep inside Tigers territory, as Marshall started its night from its own 2-yard line.
The Tigers were able to put together a long drive highlighted by a lengthy run from quarterback Trey Lance before Marshall was forced to kick a field goal, with Hugo Cifuentes punching it through to give the Tigers an early 3-0 lead.
New Ulm’s next couple of possessions were short-lived, as Eagles quarterback Hunter Ranweiler was picked off by Marshall’s Jake Hess. Lance then found Hess on a deep ball good for 46 yards before Lance scored on a quarterback sneak from two yards out to make it 10-0.
On the Eagles’ next drive, the Marshall defense forced a fumble with Jackson Hughes recovering the loose ball at the New Ulm 4-yard line. Jefferson Lee V then ran it in to give Marshall a 17-0 lead.
The Tigers’ defense continued to make their presence felt early in the game, as the Tigers forced another New Ulm punt. This time the Eagles couldn’t get the kick away, with Marshall’s Trey Steinbach coming up with the scoop and score after the blocked punt to extend the Tigers advantage to 24-0.
Marshall continued to keep its foot on the gas pedal in the second quarter. Lance found wideout Nick Klaith for a score early in the period to make it 31-0 before Hess intercepted New Ulm for the second time, this one going in for the pick-six to push it to 38-0.
After an Eagles punt, the Tigers found the end zone on a connection from Lance to Seth Cattoor to make it 45-0 with less than seven minutes left in the first half. Marshall then forced another punt before Lee V weaved his way for a 28-yard score on the ensuing drive to give the Tigers a 52-0 lead at halftime.
In the second half, Marshall kicked things off with a 70-yard run from Gabe Raini to make it 59-0. It then added a 22-yard rush from Brayden Hilgemann to extend the lead to 66-0.
The Tigers tacked on another score later in the fourth on a Jordan Mernaugh run to bring it to the 73-0 final.
Lee V led the way for the Tigers with 115 rushing yards on 12 carries with three touchdowns while Lance threw for 158 yards and a pair of scores while rushing for 35 yards and a score of his own. Raini added 93 yards on the ground with a score while Lee V led the receivers with 40 yards. Hess added 37 yards receiving and a score as well.
The New Ulm offense struggled against the Tigers defense, only getting 57 yards of total offense compared to 497 yards for Marshall.
The Tigers defense intercepted New Ulm five times throughout the game and recovered two fumbles, with one going for a touchdown.
New Ulm (2-2) will face St. Peter on Friday while the Tigers (4-0) will face Waseca on Friday.