Friday night's Southwest Conference matchup between unbeaten Marshall and winless Windom Area went about as one would expect. Marshall's Rhett Struve returned the opening kickoff 75 yards for a touchdown and the Tigers never looked back in a dominant 48-0 victory over the struggling Eagles.
The Tigers (6-0 overall, 4-0 SWC) scored 27 points in the first quarter and were up 41-0 at halftime. They pulled their starters for the second half.
Following Struve's opening kick return, Windom fumbled the ball on its first offensive snap and it was recovered by the Tigers. Marshall scored three plays later on a 14-yard run by Colton Citrowske to go up 13-0 less than two minutes into the game.
Photo courtesy of Joel Alvstad/Cottonwood County Citizen
Marshall running back Colton Citrowske tries to evade Windom Area defenders during a Southwest Conference football game Friday in Windom.
"We came out and set the tone right away with that kickoff return," said Terry Bahlmann, head coach of Class AAAA's sixth-ranked team. "We wanted to come out focused and play our style of football and that's what we did."
Citrowske finished the game with eight carries for 108 yards and three touchdowns. Struve tallied 74 yards and a touchdown on nine carries. And Timmy Vang scored Marshall's lone second-half touchdown and picked up 51 yards on four carries.
"Everyone got a chancae to play," Bahlmann said. "A lot of the younger guys have been working hard in practice and it was nice to get to reward them with some playing time."
Marshall had 20 first downs to Windom's three. The Tigers also out-rushed the Eagles 309-48.
Next up for Marshall is Worthington, which lost to Luverne 46-6 Friday. The game will be the Tigers' regular season home finale.
Marshall27 14 7 0-48
Windom0 0 0 0-0
M-Rhett Struve 75 kick return (Tanner Cirks kick good), 11:48
M-Colton Citrowske 14 run (kick fail), 10:24
M- Citrowske 12 run (Cirks kick), 6:54
M-Brock Baumgarn 9 run (Cirks kick), 3:27
M-Citrowske 10 run (Cirks kick), 6:37
M-Struve 10 run (Cirks kick), 2:16
M-Timmy Vang 22 run (Cirks kicks), 7:46
MARSHALL INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing: Colton Citrowske 8-108, Rhett Struve 9-74, Sam Marshall 9-58, Timmy Vang 4-51.
Passing: Austin Saugstad 5-8-70-0, Brad Bahlmann 1-1-7-0.
Receiving: Brock Baumgarn 2-43, Aaron Mathiowetz 1-15, Tanner Cirks 1-14, Drew Hmielewski 1-7.
Tackles: David Fischer 6.5, Campbell Hofstetter 5, Baumgarn 4.5, Jared Holland 4.5.