2017-10-11 / Sports

‘Skins run past Raiders, 44-12

Wentzel runs for 183 3 TDs
BY DALE BALL
SPORTS EDITOR


Joe Wentzel (24), a senior running back, rushed for over 180 yards and three touchdowns in Friday night’s win over Marlette. Marlette’s Dillen Cook is in pursuit. Joe Wentzel (24), a senior running back, rushed for over 180 yards and three touchdowns in Friday night’s win over Marlette. Marlette’s Dillen Cook is in pursuit. MARLETTE – A Sanilac County rivalry game on the football field turned into a one-sided affair Friday night, thanks to a career-rushing night from Joe Wentzel.

The Sandusky Redskins improved to 2-2 in the GTC East when they pulled away to a, 44-12, win over the Marlette Red Raiders.

A run-oriented team, the ‘Skins looked to Wentzel, a senior back, to lead the way at Marlette. Bothered with nagging injuries much of the season, he responded with 183 yards on the ground on 19 carries and scored three TDs.

“He played really well, and he deserved it,” lauded Sandusky coach Craig Jacobson. “He’s worked really hard, he’s worked in the weight room, and he’s a very committed. This was a good opportunity to make him shine.”


Marlette receiver Bryce George (right) tries to elude a tackle attempt from Sandusky’s Trenton Lee during the GTC East contest. 
Photos by Dale Ball Marlette receiver Bryce George (right) tries to elude a tackle attempt from Sandusky’s Trenton Lee during the GTC East contest. Photos by Dale Ball Wentzel scored a touchdown in each of the first three quarters on runs of 45, six, and 21 yards as the Redskins built a, 36-6, lead.

Senior quarterback Ryan Campbell had a hand in two of the ‘Skins touchdowns, putting the team on the board, and in the lead for good, with five yard touchdown run in the first quarter and later connecting on a 39 yard touchdown pass to Trenton Lee in the third. Campbell also ran in a pair of two-point conversions.

Sandusky’s final touchdown came on a two yard run by Braxton Washe, who had earlier ran in a two-point conversion. Jim Brown had the two-pointer following Washes’ TD.

The Raiders (0-4, 1-6) scored on a 48 yard pass play from quarterback Marcus Armstrong to 6’6” sophomore receiver Bryce George and a 60 yard TD run in the third quarter from Dillon Cook.

The Sandusky defense held Marlette to 86 yards rushing and 145 passing.

Jacobson added that his defensive unit has stepped in the last couple of weeks.

“We’ve definitely improved. Despite the loss to Ubly (4-0, 6-1) the week before, I thought we did some nice things. I felt we had a good effort. And then, coming up against Marlette, which has a different type of offense, we did some real good things.”

Armstrong, who was under a strong g pass rush much of the night, completed 8 of 21 for 111 yards. George was the top receiver, grabbing four passes for 96 yards.

Defensively, the Raiders’ Isaiah Perales was in on 12 tackles, including 10 solos.

Denny Lester, Marlette head coach, gave the Redskins credit.

“Sandusky really played a very good game last night,” said Lester. He continued, “We had some opportunities in the game and we didn’t capitalize and that really hurt us. But, we could never really get comfortable, offensively. I thought that Sandusky did a really nice, defensively.”

While Sandusky is closing out East play at Brown City (2-2, 2-5) this Friday night, Marlette will celebrate homecoming by entertaining winless Memphis.

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