Hurricanes move to 4-0 with away win at Marmion
The Marian Central Hurricanes defeated Marmion Academy 34-7 on enemy turf Sept. 14 to maintain their dominance in the Suburban Christian Conference Blue Division.
Seniors Chris Streveler who completed 14 of 24 passes for 307 yards, and Greg Walczak each scored two touchdowns. Junior Ephraim Lee was the third Hurricane to score when he finished a 12-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter. Combined the trio accounted for 364 of Marian’s (4-0 overall; 1-0 SCC Blue) 512 offensive yards.
“Marmion was pretty physical, so it was a good game to get under our belts,” said head coach Ed Brucker.
Twenty-one of Marian’s 34 points came in classic, first-quarter Hurricane fashion. After Marmion scored its only touchdown of the game, the Hurricane’s offensive line responded with a strong drive that put Streveler in position for a 1-yard TD run. Streveler then connected on 80-yard and 44-yard passes to Walczak to bank on two more scoring opportunities.
“We didn’t play good defense in the first series,” Brucker said of Marmion’s scoring run with 5:58 to go in the first quarter. “Guys were out of position the way we practiced, but after that [series] we corrected it and played pretty well.”
Seniors Tony Milone, with three receptions for 46 yards and Tommy Waytula (four for 46 yards) added strength to the Hurricane receivers. Milone also led a strong defensive effort at safety with senior Steve Garrelts.
Milone, Garrelts and the rest of their defensive cohorts will need to be sharp in preparation for Immaculate Conception’s option offense. They will especially rely on practice and film sessions to become as familiar as possible with any mannerisms of IC’s offense so they can make quick adjustments come game time.
IC quarterback Demetrius Carr threw four touchdown passes for his team’s 49-22 win over St. Edward in week four. The Knights also have rushed an average of 109 yards per game.
“It’s a tough challenge, and I think it will be a long game, but we’ve been really well conditioned,” said Garrelts. “Whether it’s a good challenge or they put up a really good fight, we’ll be ready to respond.”
According to MaxPreps.com, the Hurricanes are ranked 14th in Illinois versus the Knights’ ranking of 101. IC is also now ranked in the AP Illinois high school football rankings for class 4A. In class 5A AP rankings, the Hurricanes are fifth.
Kickoff against the Knights (4-0 overall; 2-0 SCC Gold) will take place at George Harding Field at 7 p.m. Friday, Sept. 21.