Marmion closes season with easy triumph
By Chris Walker For Sun-Times Media October 20, 2012 1:00AM
Updated: October 20, 2012 4:06PM
Marmion’s seniors knew there was no tomorrow when they took Fichtel Field for the final time on Friday against Walther Lutheran.
While the Cadets finished under .500 and failed to make the postseason, they closed the 2012 campaign in fine fashion, winning convincingly, 49-6.
“We just didn’t score enough points against those other teams and they beat us,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. “We didn’t turn the ball over and didn’t have a lot of penalties against them, but they beat us. But I’ve said all along that I’ve liked our team.”
Marmion (4-5, 4-3 Suburban Christian Blue) scored plenty of points on Friday and turned its final game of the season into a celebration, especially for its seniors as Ricardo Fernandez and Patrick Bakala, who nearly register 600 pounds between them on the scale. They got a chance to carry the ball and both scored on their only runs of the night.
“I had never scored a touchdown or touched the ball before and I’ve played for 10 years,” Bakala said. “We practiced the package on Tuesday but I thought it was kind of a joke at the time.”
What wasn’t a joke was the dominance showcased by the Cadets as they jumped to a 28-6 lead. The only time they were nicked came in the first half when Walter Lutheran’s Najee Toomer returned a kickoff for an 81-yard touchdown.
Walter Lutheran (2-7, 2-5 SCC Gold) committed four turnovers and Marmion’s Charlie Clohecy, Tyler Eberth and Jake Ruddy all had interceptions.
“Our defense stuck with it out there,” Ruddy said. “We had good stops, but there was nothing we do on that one kickoff.”
Ruddy and Seth Sevenich added touchdown receptions in the victory while Erik Fitzgerald, Jordan Glasgow and Mitch Feltz scored on runs.