One play can set the tone for things to come, and for the Port Edwards football team, the tone was set before an offensive play was run.
After allowing the opening kick to be returned for a touchdown, Port Edwards struggled to claw out of the hole it dug itself into early on as it fell to Marion/Tigerton 39-14 in Central Wisconsin Conference-10 play Friday night to cap homecoming festivities.
“They (Marion/Tigerton) were bigger and more athletic than us, but we played hard,” Port Edwards coach Justin Crandall said. “We didn’t get the start we wanted, but we didn’t stop playing and kept attacking.”
The game started in a big way for the Thundercatz when Justin Miller took the opening kick 89 yards up the left sideline for Tigerton’s first score.
Miller struck again only minutes later from 3 yards out to give M/T a 14-0 lead after the first quarter.
Miller finished the night with 87 yards on 13 carries and had three scores, while Brandon Sivertson led all rushers with 120 yards on seven carries and a pair of scores.
Despite falling behind early, Port Edwards’ defense bowed up and was able to keep the Thundercatz offense in check and out of the end zone and took a 14-0 deficit into the intermission.
Riding the defensive success of the previous quarter, Port Edwards took its opening possession of the second half and marched down the field, but a penalty stalled the drive, and eventually it ended in an interception — the third of the game.
M/T- Justin Miller 89 Kick Return (Brandon Sivertson Kick)
M/T- Miller 3 run (Sivertson Kick)
M/T- Sivertson 47 run (Kick Fail)
M/T- Miller 11 run (Kick Fail)
M/T- Sivertson 48 run (Kick Fail)
PE- Colton Winkelman 27 Run (Jesus Parra Kick)
M/T- Tyler Block 1 run (Cole Drefahl Kick)
PE- Winkelman 20 run (Parra Kick)