Marmion runs over DuSable

By Kevin McGavin
Daily Herald Correspondent
Updated 9/1/2017 11:00 PM

It was a quick night for the Marmion football starters.

The Cadets' first units on both sides of the ball were removed before halftime Friday night in Aurora in their 42-8 victory over Chicago DuSable.

Zach Urwiler cut against the grain after receiving a handoff out of shotgun formation on the Cadets' first play from scrimmage.

Urwiler raced 50 yards on the play for the touchdown.

The Marmion defense made sure the Panthers would never recover on their offensive end.

Holding DuSable without a first down and negative yardage in the first half, Marmion raced to a 42-0 halftime lead.

Marmion reserves littered the field on its final second-quarter score, a Peter Ferraro short keeper.

"I really don't get a chance to play," said Marmion reserve guard Anthony Purpura, who was on the field for the 3-yard touchdown. "I think we're trying to go to the playoffs. Every team hopes to. We're trying to go 1-0 every week."

Marmion starting quarterback Brandon McPherson scored on both sides of the ball.

McPherson called his own number for the Cadets' third touchdown of the opening quarter and returned an interception early in the second quarter the distance from 45 yards away.

DuSable (0-2) had nothing but punts or turnovers in the opening half; Marmion (2-0) left the Panthers in the red at halftime with multiple tackles for losses.

Marmion led 42-0 at halftime after the Panthers finished with minus- 6 yards of offense.

"The way the coaches instill the techniques in our minds," Marmion two-way line reserve Noel Lerma said of the effectiveness of the Cadets' swarming defense. "We get to get the starters ready for the game."

The Cadets' Ryan Boland hauled in a 21-yard strike from McPherson for the second Marmion score, and Jacob Molenhouse set up the 10-yard McPherson rushing score with 4 receptions for 47 yards on the 60-yard drive.

"We did want to throw the ball," Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. "We wanted to stress the little things."

Brant DeMoss had the Cadets' fourth first-half touchdown.

The Cadets' Michael Noble, Jankowski and Matt Lagman all converted extra points.

Receiving the second-half kickoff, DuSable had 4 of its 5 first down on its lone scoring drive.

Jerico Howard beat the Marmion secondary for a 29-yard touchdown reception.

"I took off up the field," Howard said. "I saw the ball and grabbed it."

Marmion never had to punt in the game, but the Panthers' score ruined a second straight shutout.

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