No stopping Maroon juggernaut
Menominee dominates Milwaukee on the road
Thursday, October 17, 2013 7:00 PM
MILWAUKEE - Now you know why they call it Custer Stadium.
Menominee staged an ambush in Milwaukee Madison's last stand of the season at Custer with a 62-12 rout Thursday night.
Menominee needed just five plays and less than two minutes to cover 76 yards on its first drive.
Justin Brilinski continued his high-yardage footwork from the M&M Game with a 32-yard jaunt on the first play of the game.
Devon Harris pulled in a 21-yard pass from Brilinski, James Brown kept the Knights on their heels with a 26-yard dash and closed out the impressive opening march with a 5-yard TD.
The Maroons were back on the attack moments later when Harris swiped a Damian Lee pass on the Knights' first play.
Devon Barley pulled in a 20-yard spiral from Brilinski. Harris sprinted past the Knights for a 16-yard scoring dash and Pohlmann's kick pumped the lead to 14-0 less than four minutes into the first quarter.
Milwaukee Madison fired back with its super-charged kick returner Damian Lee. Lee returned the kick to the 15 and took it to the house from there on the next play.
Brilinski tore through the Knights for 20 and 32 yards and Brown finished off the Maroons' third series with a 3-yard run. Pohlmann's PAT padded the lead to 21-6 with seven minutes left in the first quarter.
A motion penalty shoved the Knights into a fourth and 23 hole at their own 10. Taking over at the Madison 47 after the punt, Menominee chewed off a 27-yard chunk on a pass from Brilinski to Harris.
Lee hijacked the threat when he picked off a pass, but Brilinski slammed the Knights into reverse with 10- and 20-yard sacks of Lee. Shaun Sullivan jumped a pass route for an interception on third and 40.
Brown bulled over the Knights on a 21-yard scoring burst and Pohlmann's kick stretched the lead to 28-6 with 2:13 left in the first quarter.
Lee was running for his life again on Madison's next possession when Brilinski came off the edge again and sacked him twice - burying the Knights at their own 3. The Maroon defense stuffed the Knights for a minus 40 yards in the first quarter.
Harris showed his Velcro touch when he made a one-handed grab of Brilinski's 28-yard pass. Barley scored from the 5 to pump the margin to 35-6.
After the Maroons pushed Madison back into the shadows on its own goalpost again, Harris bobbed and weaved to an 18-yard carry to the 11. Brilinski and Nate Marcin hooked up for a 5-yard scoring pass. Pohlmann's streak of 36 extra point kicks ended when his PAT was off the mark.
Colin Nerat showed off some shifty running on a 23-yard run to the Knights' 2 and the junior tailback darted into the end zone on the next play for the Maroons' seventh TD of the first half.
The Knights (3-6) put together their only scoring drive on their first series of the second half. Lee scored from the 1 against the Maroon reserves eight minutes into the third quarter.
Menominee scored on the first play of the final quarter on Marcin's 12-yard run and Aeron Forsberg notched his first varsity touchdown with a 29-yard run. Pohlmann tied his school record for the second straight week with eight PAT kicks.
Unofficially, the Maroons amassed 353 rushing yards and held Madison to just 75 yards on the ground.
Brilinski gained 120 yards on 10 carries and Brown had 82 yards on just eight carries. Brilinski completed 6 of 10 passes for 116 yards. Harris had four receptions for 101 yards.
The Maroons (8-0) can wrap up the sole Great Northern Conference title with a win at Marquette Oct. 25.