(Photo by Michael Fischer)
The Eagles scored on its first drive and followed it up with another score after forcing CC-E to punt. M-M-C quarterback Tanner Utesch converted a 3rd-and-20 play with a 25-yard pass to Andrew Hoefling down to the 1-yard-line. Jacob Meehan punched it in but the Mavericks would block the extra point for a 13-0 M-M-C lead.
CC-E quarterback Chazz Brown sparked a bit of offense on the ensuing kickoff, returning it out to the 32-yard-line. The senior gained 15 yards on a bootleg sweep to move the ball into Eagles territory before the drive would stall and a 4th-and-10 pass would fall incomplete.
M-M-C (8-0, 6-0) would need just two plays to score its third touchdown, first a 17-yard pass to Isaiah Peterson which set up a 31-yard touchdown run by Hoefling.
The Mavericks were forced to punt after a couple short runs, a penalty and a sack. Brown forced a fumble on the punt return but the ball rolled out of bounds. M-M-C again needed two plays to score, both runs by Hoefling, who scored on a 39-yarder to push the lead to 27-0 early in the second quarter. Hoefling, a senior, gained over 100 yards rushing in the first half.
CC-E (0-8, 0-6) again was forced to punt after a 3-and-out but couldn't get it off due to a bad snap. M-M-C took advantage of the short field and Meehan ran in his second touchdown of the game for a 35-0 lead.
Conner Holmes added a 20-yard touchdown run just before halftime, capping off a 3-play drive, making it 42-0.
The second half began with M-M-C's Erik Nelson intercepting a Brown pass on the Mavericks' first drive and returning it 25 yards for the score.
Brown picked up the Mavs' second first down of the game with a 15-yard run on 4th down to extend the drive, and gained another 15 yards on a facemask call to move them into Eagles territory. A sack and penalty stalled the drive as the Mavericks turned the ball over on downs.
Back-up quarterback Dylan Spieler rushed in the final score of the night from 25 yards out with 1:17 left in the 3rd quarter. The last scoring opportunity for CC-E came after a shanked M-M-C punt, which was recovered by Ty Hoffman at the Eagles' 14-yard-line. A false start and three run attempts couldn't get the Mavs in the endzone as they turned it over on downs.
Injuries bit the Mavs again as they were without one of their leading rushers and tacklers, Colton Doran, who didn't dress for the second game in a row. Brown, Doran, Hoffman, Roman Fahnlander and Cody Vogel all played their final game at home Friday night.
"It's tough for the seniors to go out that way," CC-E coach Austin Davis said. "They've put in four years to the program, keeping it alive with our numbers issues. We're just trying to finish out the season the right way."
Due to the injuries, CC-E was down to 12 healthy bodies to suit up Friday night. M-M-C has 35 players on the roster. There was discussion this week if CC-E would continue the season because of the lack of healthy players.
"Everyone wanted to continue on with the season. When you're down to 12 guys, it's tough for practices and competitions. But all the guys are putting their heart and soul in it."
The loss puts CC-E's losing streak at 18 with one game remaining this season - at River Valley.