On paper, the intra-city matchup between Marmion and Aurora Christian looked to be a tight battle between two teams reaching toward the playoffs.
Reality was entirely different. Marmion came to the Eagles’ field and ran the ball at will, overwhelming Aurora Christian 56-0 in a Catholic League crossover.
Seven players scored on the ground for the Cadets (6-2), who clinched a spot in the postseason with the triumph.
The Eagles (4-4) will have to defeat Leo next week to become playoff eligible.
“Football is a numbers game. You can have great talent at two or three positions, but it takes 11 on both sides of the ball for 48 minutes,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. “Obviously we wore them down. We’re healthy now, and it’s not always how good you are, but how healthy.”
It simply wasn’t Aurora Christian’s night. Wide receiver Zach Bosek was injured in the first quarter, and quarterback Austin Bray was lost in the second. Both suffered ankle injuries.
But the game was won in the trenches. The Cadet offensive line dominated, creating space for the running backs for long gains. Marmion running backs had 18 rushes of 10 yards or better, including all eight touchdowns.
Marmion finished with 460 yards on 28 carries, over 16 yards per rush, and only ran seven plays in the second half due to the running clock. The Cadets only ran one pass play, an incompletion.
“Our program has risen to where we have expectations for the playoffs, and I want to be a part of those high expectations,” Thorpe said.
Jordan Glasgow led the way with TD runs of 49 and 24 yards in the first half. He had 109 yards on six carries.
Nate Traxler had the game’s longest gain, a 75-yarder on the first play of the second half that extended the Cadet lead to 42-0.
Lucas Warren, Matt Ferraro, John Tate and Nick Auriemma also got into the end zone for Marmion. Warren also was a force defensively with numerous tackles and pass breakups.
“Lucas is a football player. He lives in the weight room,” Thorpe said.
For the Eagles, Nick Edlund was the lone bright spot. He had 63 yards on 15 rushes in the first half.
“It was an emotional week at school,” Aurora Christian coach Dave Beebe noted. “When that happens, sometimes you come out fired up and play great, sometimes you come out flat.
“We were outmanned physically, and it went sour fast. Give Marmion credit, they have a great team. For us, the first game of the playoffs is next week.”