Shell-shocked hardly seems appropriate to even begin to explain what happened to De La Salle early in Friday’s Catholic Green game at Marmion.
A Meteors’ up man on the kickoff return team muffed back-to-back pooch kicks, hard-charging Cadet senior Jordan Glasgow recovered both of them, and Marmion’s offense converted both turnovers in short order into Lucas Warren touchdown runs.
Spotted a 14-0 lead just 1:12 into the game, Marmion’s struggling offense came alive and scored 28 straight courtesy of big play after big play on the way to a 49-13 rout in a game that featured a running clock to start the second half.
“It was nice to have it go our way,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. “Last week to start the second half (in a 49-13 loss to Fenwick) we gave up a return for a touchdown and then fumbled the next one. We were only down 21-6 at half.
“I feel for them, but we have to overcome stuff like that, and the big message was we had to make them pay. We had to take advantage of it.”
Glasgow’s big plays came just days after he suggested using more starters on special teams to Thorpe. Those were his first two forays into kick coverage this season for the Cadets (5-2, 2-1).
“I felt I would be able to make plays,” Glasgow said. “I was lucky on the first one at it landed in the perfect spot. It bounced and I was just able to recover it.
“I had never seen it happen before. I was just really excited, ran down there again and it ended up happening again.”
Warren, the Cadets’ bull of a fullback at 235 pounds, ran 17 yards and then 5 for the score after the first one. The second drive took three plays to cover 31 yards with Warren accounting for 24, the final 3 for a second TD.
He added a 23-yard TD on the next drive, and the Meteors (1-6, 0-3) were never in it. Warren finished with 86 of Marmion’s 395 yards rushing. Glasgow ran for 98, including a 59-yard run.
“Yeah, but I got caught from behind on that one,” he said.
There was no catching him later on a pass from Rusty Joyce that covered 65 yards. Joyce also connected with Nate Traxler for a 21-yard TD pass.
Traxler ran four times for 138 yards, including a 75-yarder that resulted in a questionable turnover. He appeared to extend the ball over the goal line as he was tackled on the play and fumbled it into the end zone, where De La Salle recovered for what was ruled a touchback.
Meteors junior quarterback Tom Duddleston completed 18 of 31 passes for 230 yards and one score of 35 yards to Drew Chavarria. Duddleston also had a 5-yard TD run, but De La Salle was limited to 30 yards rushing.
Eric Rooks caught six passes for 63 yards and Chavarria had five for 92.
“We made a couple mistakes early and that cost us,” De La Salle coach Mike Boehm said. “When you’re chasing a bunch of points, it’s tough.
“Sometimes our youth really shows. We start 18 underclassmen, including a freshman on the offensive line. We’re gonna get better.
“They were bigger and stronger than they appeared on film. They’re a very good program.”