ROUNDUP: Marquette Football holds off Seneca

ROUNDUP: Marquette Football holds off Seneca

FOOTBALL

Marquette 21, Seneca 13

SENECA – The Crusaders withstood a second-half rally Friday night to knock off their rivals for the second straight year.

Luke Couch tallied four receptions for 86 yards, including a 51-yard touchdown for Marquette (1-0). He added 62 yards rushing on eight carries. Preston Aukland rushed for 76 yards on 14 carries.

Nate Melvin ran for a 37-yard touchdown and Shane Reynolds followed with a 14-yard score as the Crusaders led 14-0 after the first quarter. Couch’s tally sent Marquette to the break up 21-0, but Seneca (1-1) fought back in the fourth quarter with scoring runs from Myles Mitchell (1 yard) and Ryan McCauley (45 yards).

McCauley finished with 121 yards rushing on 19 carries for the Fighting Irish.

Woodstock 15, Ottawa 7

WOODSTOCK – The Blue Streaks had four turnovers Friday night, with two coming on their own end of the field and one occurring inside their own 10-yard line. But the Pirates did not score after any of them, and Woodstock escaped with a win on its Homecoming night.

Woodstock led 9-0 at halftime despite three turnovers, but Ottawa did not crack the scoreboard until Nolen Miller’s 15-yard run to end a 16-play, 71-yard drive to open the third quarter. The Blue Streaks fumbled once more late in the fourth quarter while clinging to a 9-7 advantage, but the Pirates’ ensuing drive ended with a lost fumble inside the Woodstock 10.

Cedric Fairrow rushed for 56 yards, tallied four receptions for 47 yards, and recorded an interception and a fumble recovery on defense for Ottawa (1-1).

Streator falls on the road

CROSS COUNTRY

Marquette’s Hoffman leads way at Seneca Twilight in the Woods Invite

SENECA – The Crusaders’ Lucas Hoffman had the best overall finish among local runners Friday night, placing third in the boys’ varsity race in 17 minutes, 46.3 seconds.

Seneca placed third as a team, led by Billy Glasscock’s fourth-place run (17:54.3). Streator’s Rafael Pantoja was ninth (18:22.7) for the sixth-place Bulldogs. Ottawa was 10th of 10 scoring teams, while Hoffman was Marquette’s only finisher.

In the girls’ race, Seneca placed fourth overall, with Streator sixth and Ottawa seventh of seven teams. Amber Vroman led the Lady Irish in 11th place (22:51.6). Streator’s Abby Seaton was 13th (23:07.2), and the Lady Pirates’ Grace McGettigan finished 14th (23:12.6).

GIRLS’ TENNIS

Ottawa places second at home invite

OTTAWA – The Lady Pirates’ No. 1 doubles pair of Ella Marvel and Regan O’Fallon placed second Saturday, advancing to the championship match before losing in three sets. The No. 3 doubles team of Emily Walker and Mally Charbonneau went 2-1 on the day to finish third.

Ottawa singles players Sara Meyer and Mary Riva, and the No. 2 doubles duo of Marta Johnson and Rebekah Felty each won their opening matches before losing two straight to finish fourth.

GIRLS’ SWIMMING

La Salle-Peru/Ottawa/Streator/Earlville finishes sixth at Water Warrior Invite

STERLING – L-P swimmer Ashley Heagy won the 100 butterfly (1:02.70) and the 100 backstroke (1:03.82) in Saturday’s meet at the Duis Center. Fellow L-P swimmer Nicole Pocivasek was second in the 200 freestyle (2:09.94) and third in the 500 freestyle (5:51.81), while L-P’s Peyton Heagy was runner-up in the 100 freestyle (56.38) and fourth in the 200 Individual Medley (2:26.28).

The L-P co-op also finished second in the 200 freestyle relay (1:49.26) and third in the 200 medley relay (2:02.29) with L-P swimmers Emma Mertes, Pocivasek and the Heagy sisters swimming both events.

WOMEN’S SOCCER

IVCC 2-1 Triton

UNDATED – La Salle-Peru alum Sabrina Poole scored both goals Friday for the Eagles. Mendota graduate Mia Preciado made seven saves in the victory.

BASEBALL

Marquette sweeps doubleheader

UNDATED – Marquette defeated Grace Christian Academy twice Saturday, 14-3 in the opener and 8-5 in the second contest.

Carson Zellers struck out 10 over 3 2/3 innings of one-hit, shutout ball in the opener. He, Ashton Grady and Charlie Mullen all tallied two hits, while Grady added three stolen bases.

Andrew Hamm had a single, a double and three stolen bases in Game Two. Daniel Hoffman also added two hits, and Henry McGrath got the pitching win.