2018-10-25 / Sports

Chargers blank Coleman to notch first win of season

By Lamont Lenar


Scott Smith runs up the middle and breaks free for a Valley Lutheran first down in the Chargers’ Oct. 19 game over Coleman. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Scott Smith runs up the middle and breaks free for a Valley Lutheran first down in the Chargers’ Oct. 19 game over Coleman. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Valley Lutheran football team concluded its season with its first win, taking down Coleman 33-0 on Friday, Oct. 19.

In getting its first win in the final week of the season, Valley Lutheran coach Joe Willey said, “Week nine was the sharpest the team had been all season.”

The Chargers came out and controlled the game from the opening kickoff. The Comets were held to -1 yards on their first drive. Valley Lutheran took over on its own 38 yard line, drove down to the Coleman 24, and scored on a Zach Marotzke pass to Scott Smith with 4:00 left in the first quarter.

The Comets opened their next drive on their nine yard line. On fourth and less than a foot, the Charger defense held to take over on downs.

Valley Lutheran scored two plays later with Darius Ott running the ball in from the 11 with 47 seconds left in the first, for the 14-0 lead.


Zach Marotzke threw for 104 yards with three touchdowns for Valley Lutheran in its final game of the season, winning 33-0 over Coleman on Oct. 19. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Zach Marotzke threw for 104 yards with three touchdowns for Valley Lutheran in its final game of the season, winning 33-0 over Coleman on Oct. 19. Photo by Lamont Lenar The Chargers scored again with 1:55 left in the period. Marotzke threw to Jacob Fordney for a 35 yard touchdown. After a missed two point try, Valley Lutheran led 20-0 at the end of the half.

Valley Lutheran scored on its second drive of the third quarter, going for it on fourth down and three from the 15 yard line. Robbert Eggers hauled in the pass from Marotzke at 3:20 for the score. The Chargers went for the two point conversion but failed to convert, giving the squad the 26-0 advantage.

In the fourth quarter, Matt Johnson punched the ball in from the one yard line with 6:32 left, to go up 33-0.

Jacob Hecht sealed the win for Valley Lutheran, coming up with an interception to end Coleman’s final drive.


Robbert Eggers hauls in the pass on fourth down for the 15 yard touchdown for Valley Lutheran in its Oct. 19 game against Coleman. 
Photo by Lamont Lenar Robbert Eggers hauls in the pass on fourth down for the 15 yard touchdown for Valley Lutheran in its Oct. 19 game against Coleman. Photo by Lamont Lenar In his first year at the Chargers helm, Coach Willey said week to week they made improvements, and as the season went on, even though the team hadn’t won, they learned from the games and carried on.

Coach Willey said he was proud of the team, stating the players improved and did not give up, but fought harder every week.

The Charger defense held Coleman to 64 yards of total offense. Zach Marotzke threw for 104 yards with three touchdowns for Valley Lutheran. Scott Smith ran for 109 yards. Jacob Fordney had 67 yards receiving with one touchdown. Brett Daenzer had five receptions for 45 yards.

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