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Kingsford defeats Marquette to claim GNC jayvee football title

KINGSFORD — Kingsford overcame Marquette 28-20 to wrap up its jayvee football season,winning the Great Northern Conference title.

Trailing 6-0, Marquette was deep in its own territory when Kingsford’s Lucca Rizzo intercepted a pass in the flats and returned it for a touchdown making the score 12-0.

After a Marquette TD, Kingsford tacked on another score before halftime making it 20-6 at the break.

In the third quarter Marquette started to move the ball, scoring two touchdowns in the first 7 minutes of the quarter tying the game at 20.

The Flivvers took over with about four minuets left in the third quarter and drove the length of the field, capped off with a 15-yard TD run by Toby Wilcox. Quarterback Michael Meneguzzo ran in for the conversion, which was the game’s final score.

“The offensive line played awesome, with a few people banged up and others playing out of position, they found a way to make big blocks and move the ball,” said assistant coach John VanDusen. “Toby (Wilcox), Brody (Kopp), and Ben (Pickett) all ran extremely hard when they had the ball”

If Marquette had won, there would have been a three-way tie for the GNC title between Kingsford, Marquette and Escanaba. With the win, the Flivvers clinched the GNC outright.

This was the last game for Flivvers JV coach Kevin Murdock. He finished his 29-year coaching career with six straight wins.

Wilcox had 27 carries for 156 yards and 2 TDs. Pickett also had a scoring run.

On defense, Nolan Pipp had a fumble recovery. Kopp, Pipp, Pickett, Evan Rittenhouse, Trestan Larson and Sawyer Pugh led the team in tackles.

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