Jackson County Central struck first against Marshall, but the Tiger offense proved to be too much for the Huskies as the seventh-ranked Marshall football team stayed perfect on the season with a 42-20 Southwest Conference win.
"We knew with them getting beat last week at Luverne they were going to come back, be ready to go and really want to stay in the conference race," said Marshall head coach Terry Bahlmann. "The game was setting up very similar to two years ago when we got beat down there."
The Tigers (4-0 overall, 2-0 SWC) had trouble getting started offensively and JCC (2-2, 1-2 SWC) struck first with an eight-yard pass from Tanner Menke to Kyle Luhmann with 8 minutes, 24 seconds left in the first quarter.
Photo courtesy of Dan Condon / Jackson County Pilot
Marshall defensive lineman Tyus DeBoer intercepts a pass in the first half of the Tigers’ game against Jackson County Central Friday in Jackson. DeBoer returned the interception for a touchdown.
"We came out and sort of self-destructed in the first series with a penalty and then had a bad punt," Bahlmann said. "We set them up with good field position and they scored on a pass play right away."
Marshall gained momentum when defensive lineman Tyus DeBoer snagged an interception and returned it 10 yards for the score. After a Tanner Cirks kick, Marshall was up 7-6 and never looked back.
"After we drove down and didn't score, Tyus DeBoer made the play of the night with the interception from the 10," Bahlmann said. "He ran it in and got momentum going our way.
"From there, I thought our offensive and defensive lines really controlled the ball game."
In the second quarter, the Tigers struck three times, with Brock Baumgarn scoring on runs of five and three yards, while quarterback Austin Saugstad took it three yards for the score with 21 seconds left on the clock, making it a 28-13 game.
"Austin (Saugstad) really showed his ability to be an effective runner for us," Bahlmann said. "It gave us three weapons there and really kept them off balance."
In the third quarter ,Colton Citrowske went 10 yards to score, while in the fourth quarter, Saugstad and Rhett Struve connected on a 61-yard pass for a touchdown and effectively sealed the game by putting the Tigers up 42-13.
"We caught them in man," Bahlmann said. "Rhett (Struve) caught the ball about 30 yards down, made one move with his feet and made a big play for us."
The Tigers, who had 490 yards of total offense, will play host to Pipestone next Friday for homecoming.
"We knew it would be a physical, tough place to play," Bahlmann said. "But we had nine penalties, so we need to clean that stuff up and go from there."
Marshall7 21 7 7-42
JCC6 7 0 7-20
J-Kyle Luhmann 8 pass from Tanner Menke (kick failed), 8:24
M-Tyus DeBoer 10 interception return (Tanner Cirks kick), 1:34
M-Brock Baumgarn 5 run (Cirks kick), 9:56
M-Baumgarn 3 run (Cirks kick), 6:34
J-Zach Copley 72 pass from Menke (kick good), 4:59
M-Austin Saugstad 3 run (Cirks kick), 0:21
M-Colton Citrowske 10 run (Cirks kick), 2:08
M-Rhett Struve 61 pass from Saugstad (Cirks kick), 9:48
J-Kyle Kapplinger 2 run (kick failed), 4:05
MARSHALL INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing: Struve 11-162, Citrowske 16-96, Saugstad 10-70, Sam Marshall 3-39, Baumgarn 5-24.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Saugstad 3-10-74-0.
Receiving: Struve 2-57, Aaron Mathiowetz 1-17.
Tackles: Alex Werner 9.5, Saugstad 8, Struve 6.5.