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Marmion quarterback Brock Krueger finds some running room against Marian Central on Friday, Sept. 14, 2012. | Donnell Collins~For Sun-Times Media
Marmion was unable to put any pressure on Marian senior quarterback Chris Streveler during Friday’s Suburban Christian Blue football game in Aurora.
That was definitely not a good thing for the Cadets as Streveler sliced through the Marmion defense with his legs and spread the field open with his strong arm, leading the Hurricanes to a 34-7 victory.
Streveler completed 14 of 26 passes for 307 yards and rushed for 101 yards. He ran for a pair of touchdowns and also threw a pair of scores.
“Our offensive line did a great job of blocking. That makes it easier with open lanes and a lot of time,” he said. “I thought our guys caught the ball well, too, and when I have all that time to throw the ball good things should happen.”
Marmion (1-3, 0-2) took a 7-0 lead in the first quarter, orchestrating a solid 12-play drive that culminated when quarterback Brock Krueger found Tyler Eberth (8 catches, 44 yards) for a 6-yard touchdown.
Marian (4-0, 2-0) wasn’t flustered though, answering with three straight touchdowns in the opening quarter to take a 21-7 lead.
Streveler drew the Hurricanes even at 7-7 with a 1-yard run before connecting with Greg Walczak on an 80-yard touchdown pass on 3rd-and-10.
“He made a great catch with a guy in his face,” Streveler said. “I had all day back there and probably took too long. When you can make such a big play after they have some momentum, it can take the wind out of them, especially with a big crowd like they had, so that was a big momentum swing for us.”
The duo connected again to close out the quarter on a 44-yard strike, and Streveler added a 5-yard run in the second quarter to give the Hurricanes a 27-7 lead at halftime. They’d extend the lead to 34-7 in the third quarter on a 12-yard run from Ephraim Lee.
The Cadets had some success moving the ball, collecting 212 yards on the ground, but couldn’t find the end zone after their first score.
“You got to be able to finish,” Marmion coach Dan Thorpe said. “They stepped up the defense pressure and we didn’t make the adjustments blocking-wise that we needed to.”