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Marines Sink in Fourth Quarter
The Marinette Marines opened their 2016 season at home against the Fox Valley Lutheran Foxes Friday night. The game looked to be going Marinette's way, until FVL took over the fourth quarter to win, 28-20.
"We made a couple mistakes as a team including penalties, but we were on the positive side of the turnover situation and we were able to take advantage. With our special teams' play and the way we moved the ball on offense, I was happy with the field position battle as well," said Marine Head Coach Andy Walters.
Marinette took a 20-14 lead into the fourth quarter thanks in large part to their defense. An FVL snap went over the head of the quarterback to the back of the end zone where the mad scramble ended with Adam Wahl recovering the football for a touchdown. This gave the Marines a 12-8 edge over the Foxes early in the second quarter. Then, with 1:16 left on the clock in the half, FVL was called for holding in their own end zone and Marinette was given a safety to extend the lead to 14-7.
FVL tied the game early in the second half thanks, in part, to a Marinette fumble. The Foxes would score on a 42-yard touchdown run. The Marines, however, would take the lead again as James Jagielski broke away for a 38-yard touchdown run to take a 20-14 lead heading into the fourth quarter.
From there, it was all FVL. With 8:00 remaining in the game, the Foxes connected for a 47-yard touchdown pass to the lead, 21-20. The Foxes extended the lead with just over 5 minutes to go on a 28-yard touchdown run, taking the score to 28-20.
Marinette had no answer in the end and suffered the tough loss, starting the season 0-1. "No doubt there are positives, it wasn't an embarrassing loss. Losing isn't acceptable but we were competitive for four quarters, we were physical and the fourth quarter is where you need to play your best," Coach Walters said.
Jagielski ended the game 6 for 10 for 110 yards passing, to go along with 93 yards rushing on 21 attempts including 2 TD's. Connor Nelson led the team in receiving with 68 yards on 4 catches. Jagielski and Nelson left the game with severe cramps while tailback Dalton Weissgerber was unavailable for the game. "I thought we played well overall through three quarters but our kids ran out of gas in the fourth. We lost two key players on both sides of the ball in Jagielski and Nelson which hurt us a bit," said Coach Walters of the game.