2011-09-07 / Sports

Can Raiders halt Bearcats long win-streak?

2-0 MHS hosts unbeaten Ubly Friday night
BY DALE BALL Sports Editor

Kolby Lange Kolby Lange MARLETTE — In a season where the Marlette football team had just a 3-6 record, one of those victories came against Ubly.

It was 2004 when the Red Raiders dumped a Bearcat football team. That was the last win over Ubly and the only one in the last nine seasons.

Like this fall, the Raiders were 2-0 entering the Week 3 battle at Herp Field in Ubly in 2010. Coach Denny Lester hopes a more experienced Marlette team will fare a whole lot better than the one that lost, 33-8. Ubly, meanwhile, ran off a perfect 9-0 season and is now holding a 34-game regularseason winning streak.

Lester has 16 returning letterwinners back from a 5-4 campaign. The Bearcats, under new coach Dave Kaufman, also have a veteran team, but have almost looked beatable in the first two weeks of the season. They opened with a 28-0 win over a so-so USA squad and then held off Sandusky, 14-6, last Thursday night.

Denny Lester Denny Lester “Our kids are excited to play this game. Anytime Ubly comes here to play, we think it’s a good opportunity to play a good game,” remarked Lester.

Defensively, Lester thinks his team is up to the task.

“I thought last year we played well, defensively. But, we couldn’t get going on offense,” said Lester. He added, “Early in that game, we had a couple of opportunities and we didn’t capitalize, and (Ubly) controlled the line of scrimmage.”

Senior QB Kolby Lange played well enough last year on offense to be named to the All-Thumb and All-County teams, but he did not have his best day against the Bearcats. Lange, though, has been very impressive in Marlette’s two-lopsided wins this season. Already he has rushed for 280 yards and five touchdowns and passed for 386 yards and four more scores.

There are more weapons than Lange, though. GTC East sprint champion Donnie Thomas and sophomore Brad Schaub are dangerous receivers. Ryan Miller, Justin Carello and Anthony Kappen all get touches at running back.

Plus, the offensive line is a veteran group.

“Now, we’re a year older. We’ve got four guys back up front, and we’ve improved,” said Lester.

Kick-off Friday night at Marlette Athletic Field is 7 p.m.

Marlette 60 Mayville 21

The Raiders scored on nearly every possession last Thursday night in their East opener at Mayville. Lange ran 34 and 33 yards for two touchdowns and passed 32 and 23 yards to Thomas for two more. He finished with 127 yards rushing and 158 passing (6- 9-1).

Meanwhile, Miller tuned in a career-high rushing night with 121 yards on six carries and Schaub caught three aerials for 92 yards. Marlette finished with 381 yards rushing and 169 passing.

Mayville, meanwhile, was held to -15 yards on the ground and 86 yards through the air. Curtis Morrison paced the Marlette defense with five solo tackles, one assist, and four tackles for a loss.

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