Menominee’s Devon Harris makes a move during a kick return as Chris Richer of Gladstone attempts a tackle during the second quarter Friday in Gladstone. <br><i>Justin Marietti/Escanaba Daily Press</i>
Menominee’s Devon Harris makes a move during a kick return as Chris Richer of Gladstone attempts a tackle during the second quarter Friday in Gladstone.
Justin Marietti/Escanaba Daily Press
GLADSTONE, Mich. - Menominee was as efficient and lethal as a chain saw slicing through plywood against an overmatched Gladstone team Friday night.

The Maroons opened their Great Northern Conference schedule with a 56-6 romp at Marble Field.

"We talked about maintaining Maroon standards," coach Joe Noha told the Escanaba Daily Press. "The kids did a great job collectively of taking care of their assignments. We just try to be consistent with what we do and be healthy for next week."

Senior fullback James Brown led a balanced ground assault with four touchdowns and 70 yards on just six carries.

Menominee went with reserves in the backfield after building a 42-0 halftime lead.

"The single wing is hard to prepare for in a week," said Gladstone coach Cody Kangas. "But then, how often do you see the triple-option?"

Brown plowed in from the 4 on the Maroons' first drive and Evan Pohlmann added the first of his eight PAT kicks.

The defense rang up his second defensive score in two weeks when linebacker Ryne Francour speared a Braves' pass and sprinted 40 yards to paydirt.

"Ryne did a nice job of stretching for the end zone on that interception," Noha said. "One of our goals is to score a defensive touchdown in every game and when you can score on defense, it takes a lot of pressure off the offense.

Brown was back in the end zone on a 26-yard run to hike the lead to 21-0 in the first quarter.

Brown, who spent enough time in the Gladstone end zone to pay property taxes, added 18- and 2-yard TD runs in the second quarter and Devon Harris tossed a 10-yard scoring pass to Devon Barley to give the Maroons their 42-point halftime lead.

Colin Nerat scored his first varsity touchdown on an 8-yard run in the third quarter. After the Braves dodged the shutout with a 46-yard pass from Sam Pouliot to Riley Ballard, the Maroons fired back with another march in the third quarter, capped by a 2-yard run by Barley.

The victory margin was the most for the Maroons since a 56-6 blowout of Reed City in the 2011 playoffs.

Menominee churned out 188 yards on the ground. Most of the Braves' 167 rushing yards came long after the outcome was decided.

Justin Brilinski added 46 rushing yards on just four carries and connected on four of six passes for the Maroons, who used six running backs.

The Maroons have rolled up 138 points in their last three wins and the defense chalked up its third game of allowing a TD or less.

Menominee (4-0, 1-0 GNC) plays host to unbeaten Kingsford (4-0) next Friday.