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November 20, 2009MORE: Where is the best football in 09? RivalsHigh ranks all 50 states.
Milwaukee (Wisc.) Marquette University used its high-powered offense to roll over its first 13 opponents this season.
But when that unit was slowed in its biggest game of the season, the team turned to its defense. And it delivered.
"It was a good old fashioned football game," Marquette coach Dick Basham told RivalsHigh Saturday morning. "It has been a long time since we have been in a seven-to-nothing game."
Marquette, No. 67 in the RivalsHigh Top 100 rankings, shut down Menomonee Falls for most of the game and got two key stops in the fourth quarter to win the Wisconsin Division I state title, 7-0, Friday night , at Camp Randall Stadium on the campus of the University of Wisconsin in Madison.
Marquette had scored 30 or more points in every game but one - a 27-7 victory over this same Menomonee Falls team.
"The two teams are very familiar with one another," Basham said. "We have either played or scrimmaged each other since 1973 so both teams know how to slow the other down."
And on Friday night, it was slow going.
Running back Brock Laface, who missed last week's semifinal, got the only score of the game when he went in from short yardage with 4:36 left in the second quarter before coming out in the second half.
"Brock had a deep bruise in this shoulder," Basham said. "It was pretty obvious they (Menomonee) weren't going to drive on us and I didn't want to put anyone in a position to turn it over on our side of the field."
The defense, meanwhile, was doing its job, holding Menomonee Falls to 51 yards in the game. It came up big in the second half limiting their opponent to just four yards.
Menomonee Falls was driving late in the game - even picking up a fourth-down conversion. But three plays later, it had to punt after junior Mark Scarpinatto came through with a key quarterback sack.
Marquette wasn't able to run out the clock, giving Menomonee Falls one more chance in the final minute. This time, two-star inside linebacker Marcus Trotter intercepted a pass to seal the game and clinch the title.
"Michael (Trotter) tipped the ball and Marcus intercepted it," Basham said. "Those two guys have been the backbone of our defense for a few years."
It was the first Division I title for Marquette University School and legendary coach Dick Basham.