South Elgin remained unbeaten with big win vs. Larkin
Another week, another all-around effort for South Elgin. The offense scored 7 touchdowns, the defense pitched a shutout and added a safety, and the special teams made a few big plays as the Storm surged past Larkin 51-0.
Anthony Marshall scored three times, Jordan Jones added a pair of rushing TDs for South Elgin (4-0, 3-0) in the Upstate Eight Conference matchup at Memorial Field.
With regular quarterback Jake Sullivan dinged up, the Storm turned to the running game early and often, racking up nearly 400 yards on the ground.
Marshall led the way with 108 yards in a half plus 2 carries. He scored on runs of 1, 14 and 1 yards. Jordan Jones started under center for South Elgin and was efficient, completing 3 of 5 passes and running for 44 yards and the 2 scores.
"We just came out and wanted to get our running game going early," Marshall said. "The offensive line did a good job of opening holes and I found them. All the credit goes to them, and to the plays that the coaches called."
The Storm recovered back-to-back onside kicks to help open a 23-0 edge after one quarter. After Jones scored the game's first TD, Kai Paz dribbled the kickoff and the Storm pounced on it. Five plays later, Marshall scored from a yard out. Then Paz and the Storm did it again, with Isaiah Alejandre falling on the kickoff.
The Storm couldn't immediately take advantage, the drive stalling at the Larkin 10. But South Elgin sacked Larkin quarterback Dontrelle Maxie on back-to-back plays, with Salvi Macaluso pulling him down in the end zone. Following the free kick and a long return by Jalen Jones, Marshall and the Storm struck again, making it 23-0 with 96 seconds left in the half.
"I thought Jordan (Jones) played really well," said South Elgin coach Dragan Teonic. "Up front we played well. Our offensive line handled its business. Our defense shutting a team like this out is incredible. If you look at the last two games Larkin's played, they've scored over 90 points. They have some really explosive athletes, and to keep them out of the end zone I think is incredible."
Denver Davis and Josh Pou-Kamradt added rushing scores for South Elgin.
Maxie was pretty much the offense for Larkin (2-2, 2-2). Under pressure all night from the Storm defense, he completed four passes -- all to Jamarion Stubbs -- and rushed for 27 yards.
South Elgin's Jalen Jones picked him off in the first half and the Storm pass rush sacked him five times.