Ottawa Marquette’s very basic approach to football worked to perfection Saturday at Westminster Christian.
Fullback Joe Wheatland powered to 111 yards on 19 carries and the Crusaders pounded out 365 yards rushing in a 34-8 victory.
Marquette (2-1, 2-1) pounded to 198 first-half rushing yards in the Northeastern Athletic Conference win, with only three runs covering more than 10 yards. Wheatland scored on runs of 7 and 4 yards and quarterback John Lechtenberg ran in two touchdowns and threw a 12-yard TD pass to Sam Hettel.
“It may have looked like it, but it never felt like we were physically manhandled,” Westminster coach John Davis said. “When they did their inside wedge (blocking scheme), they’re masters at that.”
Westminster (1-2, 1-2) gained 98 of its 186 offensive yards on one play in the fourth quarter. Running back Xavier Brown went around right end all the way following a goal line stand by the defense — and he injured his ankle on the run but made it anyway.
“I was pretty upset that I was getting shut down early in the game, but it felt really good to get that 99- or 98-yard run off,” said Brown, who had 114 yards on 10 carries. “It lifted everybody up on the team. We just rallied behind that.”
Westminster wide receiver Connor Albrecht and quarterback Max Tucker were taken to the hospital after being injured on the game’s last play, Albrecht with a leg injury and Tucker with a possible concussion.
South Elgin 62, West Aurora 27: The Storm trailed early for the third straight game but quickly recovered from a 13-7 deficit in the Upstate Eight Valley opener behind 189 yards on 13 carries from Shawn Griffin and 117 yards on seven carries from Kyle Ware. Griffin ran for two touchdowns, Ware for three and quarterback Hayden Nelson completed 10-of-11 for 197 yards, including six for 144 to Andrew Kamienski. Derek Kumerow had a TD catch and Kamienski two TD catches. South Elgin (2-1, 1-0) had 629 yards of offense.
Batavia 49, Larkin 6: The defending state 6A champ Bulldogs (2-1, 1-0) dominated from the start, rolling to 207 rushing yards in the Upstate Eight River. Larkin (0-3, 0-1) had an 88-yard touchdown pass from Elijah Hernandez to Deshawn Steward four minutes before halftime.
Geneva 46, Streamwood 12: Streamwood (0-3, 0-1) started fast with a Keagan Cordon interception and return to the 1-yard line, quarterback Max Draper’s 1-yard touchdown plunge and a recovered onside kick. From there the Vikings (3-0, 1-0) took control and won handily in an Upstate Eight River game.
St. Charles North 27, West Chicago 6: St. Charles North’s defense kept West Chicago out of the end zone, and scored themselves with a 51-yard interception return for a touchdown by Brendan Joyce to start off an Upstate Eight River victory. The Stars (3-0, 1-0) had 154 passing yards on 10 of 16 from quarterback Kyle Novotney.
Hampshire 31, Grayslake Central 14: Nick Mohlman completed 16 of 25 for 183 yards and two touchdowns and the defense had three sacks and a pair of fumble recoveries in a Fox Valley Fox road victory by Hampshire (2-1, 1-1). The Whip-Purs built a cushion by halftime with a 95-yard kick return touchdown from Xavier Bennett for a 24-7 advantage.
Burlington Central 29, North Boone 0: Burlington Central’s defense came to the forefront, holding North Boone to 154 total yards and the Rockets (1-2, 1-0) ran for 238 yards in a Big Northern East win at home.