Marquette Redmen Football Exits Postseason With 69-7 Loss to Muskegon

Marquette lines up on offense against Muskegon

Grand Haven, MINovember 2, 2019 – The Marquette Redmen football team made their first postseason appearance since 2014 on Saturday afternoon in the first round of the district playoffs, but lost to the heavily favored Muskegon Big Reds 69-7.  It was a lopsided affair, as most people expected, but a game that the Marquette players will never forget.

The Redmen won the coin toss and elected to receive the kickoff to begin the game.  Kameron Karp returned the kick to the Marquette 27-yard-line, and that’s where the Redmen began their first offensive possession.  Marquette came out in a Wildcat formation to start their drive, but turned the ball over on downs after going for it on 4th & 1.  The Big Reds showed exactly why they are one of the best teams in the state, scoring quickly on a Cam Martinez 3 yard run.  The extra point was good, and Muskegon led 7-0.  The Redmen then went three-and-out, but an interception by Drew Wyble gave Marquette the ball back.  Nothing would come of the possession, however, and Marquette punted the ball back to the Big Reds.  A botched snap caused Wyble to have to make a desperation kick, and Muskegon got the ball on the Marquette 27-yard-line.  Martinez again found the end zone on an 8 yard carry, and with the extra point, Muskegon led 14-0.  It wasn’t long before Martinez scored again, and the PAT brought the score to 21-0.  Marquette was able to get their first first down of the game in the late stages of the quarter, and after twelve minutes of play, Muskegon led 21-0.

A great catch on the sidelines for Marquette
A great catch on the sidelines for Marquette

Marquette started the second frame with a bang, scoring on a 53 yard pass from Robert Apple to Kameron Karp.  This touchdown, and the extra point that followed, were the first points that Muskegon had allowed in their last three games and put Marquette on the board trailing 21-7.  Muskegon answered quickly, as Martinez scored on the ensuing drive, and the Big Reds widened their lead to 28-7.  Muskegon intercepted a Marquette pass shortly thereafter, and Cam Martinez scored his fifth touchdown of the game to put the Big Reds up 35-7.  Martinez made it six TDs just a few minutes later but the extra point was no good, and Muskegon went up 41-7.  Just before the halftime whistle, Martinez added his seventh score to make it 48-7, and that’s where the score stood after two quarters.

The Big Reds wasted no time in the second half, which was played entirely under a running clock, as Robert Gee, Jr. scored on the first play from scrimmage in the third quarter.  With the PAT, the score became Muskegon 55, Marquette 7.  The hosts added to their lead one more time in the third quarter, taking a 62-7 lead into the final frame of regulation.

Marquette’s Justin Jurmu made a great 21-yard reception to begin the fourth quarter, and it looked like the Redmen might be able to start a sustained drive, but a fumble by Brady Wright gave the ball and the momentum back to Muskegon.  Another Big Reds score, this time a 59 yard run by Amari Crowley, put Muskegon up 69-7, and that would hold up as the final score from Grand Haven.

The Marquette Redmen finish their season with a 5-5 record, a GNC title, and their first postseason berth in five years, all under first year head coach Eric Mason.  All in all, certainly a successful year for Marquette’s football team.

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