AURORA – While games across the area were pushed back because of weather, Marmion and Providence Catholic soldiered on Friday night.
The Celtics outlasted the Cadets and Mother Nature for a 24-7 nonconference win.
Marmion (1-3) carried a 7-0 lead into the break. Typically, that means halftime. On this night, that meant a 1-hour, 55-minute rain delay. Clinging to that 7-0 lead, the Cadets were in the shadows of their own goal post when lightning flashed with two minutes left in the second quarter.
While those in the press box passed the time thumbing through Twitter, checking the forecast and even playing the harmonica, there were no such shenanigans going on in the locker rooms.
Providence (1-3) found a way to regroup.
“We kind of just hung around, figured things out a little,” said Providence running back Mike Markasovic. “The defense figured out their plan. They did a heck of a job.”
It took three plays after the game resumed for momentum to shift. A high snap on a Cadets punt attempt sailed out of the end zone for a safety. On the ensuing free kick, Mariano Sori-Marin weaved in, around and through the Marmion coverage 65 yards to give Providence an 8-7 lead.
Providence stretched the lead in the third quarter with another safety and the big blow, a 53-yard touchdown connection from Jared Drake to Martez Malone. The Celtics’ final score came on an 11-yard run by Markasovic. The score capped a 14-play drive that consumed nearly 6∏ minutes.
Markasovic, filling in for injured running back Richie Warfield, carried 29 times for 121 yards. The senior was all smiles after the game and summed up what the Celtics first win of the season means.
“This week, we started to change it up a little,” he said. “Try to simplify it down a little bit. We’ve been trying to come together and figure things out.”
Marmion coach Dan Thorpe kept his humor despite the loss and said, “Good football team, and our kids keep fighting. Our 24 [players] against their 74.”
The roster numbers and the scoreboard both left Marmion feeling all wet Friday night.