Division 5 - Shaver Wills His Team Past The Titans

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Division 5

Menominee 21 Jackson Lumen Christi 7 

Jackson Lumen Christi kicked off to Menominee to start the game. The Maroons were the first team I’ve seen all weekend that got the kickoff and did something with it. A holding call moved the team back to the 29 of Jackson and a false start moved them back another five yards. All it took was one play and they had a first down on a pass from Ethan Shaver to Justin Salzman. Shaver ran the rest of the 11 yards for the first score of the game, not even two minutes after kickoff. The athleticism of Ken Hofer’s Maroons is evident by watching them for two minutes. The young Conor Sullivan for Jackson Lumen Christi was sacked on the second play of the game, but he came back to throw a nice pass to Jay Willis for the first down. Even with a fantastic play called on third down, Menominee sniffed it out and stopped it before it could gain many yards and Lumen Christi was forced to punt. Penalties killed the drive for the Maroons and they punted back to the Titans. Jackson started their drive from their 40 yard line. Conor Sullivan was able to get one first down for his team, but the Maroon defense stepped up and didn’t allow a second first down. Salzman had a fantastic one armed grab to get the first down on the first play of the second quarter. That grab inspired a drive that kept rolling past third downs and into the red zone. Shaver had made the first down, but a holding penalty moved the ball back and the third down was much longer. Matt Eisenzoph tossed a pass to Shaver to get the first down but fumbled on the next carry turning the ball over at the Titans 12. On second and six, Jackson handed the ball off to Nick Russler who ran 52 yards into Maroon territory. On a fourth down play, Sullivan was sacked by Trevor Powell. On Second and ten, Shaver dropped back to pass and the seas parted in front of him and he picked up over 20 yards. Just when you though that Menominee was going in for another score, Shaver threw a pick at the 13 yard line. The Titans drove, but couldn’t convert on fourth down and turned the ball back to Menominee with 31 seconds before halftime.

The second half was a battle to the end. No one scored in the third quarter but Jackson Lumen Christi was able to drive down to the Menominee 12 before Sullivan’s pass fell incomplete on fourth down. The Maroons moved the ball back to mid field before punting it away with 3:35 left in the third quarter. The Titans couldn’t move the ball and lost 14 on the ensuing drive so the punt came back to Menominee. It was the same story for Menominee but they gained nine yards before punting back to Jackson with two seconds left in the third. When the Maroons got the ball back in the fourth quarter, things started to pick up. Shaver ran 45 yards on six carries and scored the touchdown with 6:37 left in the game. The Titans weren’t done yet though. Sullivan tossed a 67 yard touchdown to Mark Lathers to pull within seven. After that, both teams lost yardage on their drives. Menominee put together another scoring drive of 49 yards to go up 21-7. Jackson had a chance, but their passes were just off the mark and they ran out of time.

Interesting Game Notes: Menominee runs the antiquated single wing offense (think Knute Rockne). It’s quite an interesting offense to watch. Ethan Shaver, the single wing/quarterback/wing back is a heck of an athlete and ended the game with 208 yards on 30 runs and three touchdowns. He also had 90 yards through the air. Conor Sullivan, quarterback for Jackson Lumen Christi is only a sophomore and started for the first time when the playoffs began. He took over for Nate Russler at halftime in the ninth game of the season when he tore his PCL.