PIPESTONE - The Marshall football team took advantage of big plays and momentum to defeat Pipestone Area 47-22 on Friday night to move to 2-0 in the Southwest Conference.
"We hadn't put up a lot of offense yet, and we were looking to come out and be explosive," said Marshall head coach Terry Bahlmann. "We thought we had a lot of speed, we just hadn't been able to get it going yet."
Only one of the Tigers (2-2, 2-0 SWC) seven touchdowns was scored from fewer than 17 yards out.
"We made a lot of big plays tonight," Bahlmann said. "We had 589 yards of offense. We were excited about our offense."
Marshall scored twice in the first quarter on a 19-yard Jack Bock run and a one-yard Brad Bahlmann plunge. Drew Tykwinski put both extra points through to make it a 14-0 game.
In the second quarter, the Tigers scored two touchdowns, both on passes from Bahlmann to Andrew Hmielewski in a 26-second span. The first was a 78-yard pass, followed by a 17-yard pass after a big special teams play.
"Special teams made a big play," said Bahlmann. "Nick Crowley put a big hit on (the runner), and we recovered the fumble and Bahlmann and Hmielewski hooked up on the first play for the big touchdown on a fade pattern."
Marshall held on to the momentum at the end of the half when Sam Marshall intercepted an Arrow pass and retuned it 30 yards for the touchdown.
"Any time you make big plays on special teams or defense, it gives you a lot of momentum and confidence," Bahlmann said. "They were in their two-minute stuff and Sam stepped up and made a big play. Once he gets the ball in his hands he turns into a running back and good things happen for us."
In the third quarter Pipestone (2-3, 1-2) struck, but the Tigers responded with a 91-yard run from Marshall, who finished with 167 yards on the ground.
The Arrows scored again in the final minute of the third quarter, and Marshall answered right back in the first 13 seconds of the fourth on a 75-yard pass from Bahlmann to Marshall.
"It was our shovel pass and Sam saw an opening again, accelerated and took it to the house," said Bahlmann.
Marshall will play host to Jackson County Central Friday for homecoming as they continue toward their goal of a Southwest Conference championship.
"I think it builds off what we did last week and shows we can be a big-play team as well as grind it out when we have to," Bahlmann said. "We know we're going to have to get better for Jackson. We expect a big challenge for homecoming."
Marshall 14 20 7 6-47
Pipestone Area 0 0 14 8-22
M-Jack Bock 19 run (Drew Tykwinski kick), 6:02
M-Brad Bahlmann 1 run (Tykwinski kick), 0:45
M-Andrew Hmielewski 78 pass from Bahlmann (Tykwinski kick), 10:50
M-Hmielewski 17 pass from Bahlmann (kick failed), 10:36
M-Sam Marshall 30 interception (Tykwinski kick), 2:16
P-Boyer Bouman 20 run (conversion failed), 8:47
M-Marshall 91 run (Tykwinski kick), 2:35
P-Jaymes Zollner 24 pass from Bouman (Bouman run), 0:57
M-Marshall 75 pass from Bahlmann (kick failed), 11:47
P-Zollner 26 pass from Bouman (Bouman run), 3:40
MARSHALL INDIVIDUAL STATISTICS
Rushing: Sam Marshall 11-167, Brad Bahlmann 11-52, Jack Bock 4-28, Jordan Prellwitz 2-23, Matt Thompson 4-14, Max Roelfsema 2-13.
Passing (comp-att-yards-int): Bahlmann 11-15-290-0.
Receiving: Andrew Hmielewski 5-162, Marshall 4-118, Thompson 2-10.
Tackles (solo-assist): Jason Polzin 4-2, Roelfsema 3-3, Tyus DeBoer 3-2, Bahlmann 3-2, Bock 2-2.
INT: Marshall, Hmielewski.