Before this season, the town of Marcus had not hosted a playoff football game since 2015. That, of course, was before the whole grade sharing agreement was formed between Marcus-Meriden-Cleghorn and Remsen-Union. Now, the MMCRU Royals have played in and won their first playoff game as an 11-man program defeating Kingsley-Pierson/River Valley 50-14. MMCRU head coach Kyle Oswald was relieved to finally see their hard work come to fruition.
MMCRU did not wait around to get their offense rolling. The Royals led 21-0 after one quarter and grew that to 40-6 by the end of the first half. Jonah Peterson threw 13-19 for 304 yards and six touchdowns in the win. Coach Oswald says the efficiency of the Royal offense was impressive.
The Royal defense held a K-P/RV offense that averages nearly 26 points a game to just 14 in the win. Coach Oswald says that was due to a combination of pressure on Panther quarterback Beau Goodwin plus a hint of good breaks.
Things do not get easier for the Royals who now take on second-ranked Woodbury Central in the round of 16. Coach Oswald says everyone needs to continue to focus on the task ahead of them and not take things for granted.
Kickoff will be at 7:00 PM on Friday between the Royals and Wildcats. The game will be played in Moville.