The Indians (0-1 Overall) got the ball back 1:12 to play in the game, but could not convert the possession into a touchdown and twopoint conversion, coming up short 30-22 in their season opener at home. They had spotted the Winnebago Indians (1- 0) a 12-0 lead, entering the second quarter, on a Jared Roberts 4-yard run, and 54-yard pass reception by Kenzell Jones, before a barrage by Marengo.

Oliver Muradian broke loose for a 55-yard touchdown run, with an Aaron Shepard one pointer, and Shepard’s own 89-yard broken field TD run on a kickoff return, with quarterback rushing for a two-point conversion. A 20-yard scoring toss from Bryce Bryden to Jones was sandwiched between the two Marengo scores, leaving an 18-15 deficit for the home squad.

Both teams fought to a scoreless standstill in the third quarter, before Tanner Inglima took a five-yard TD pass from Bryden with 0:90 seconds gone in the fourth quarter, pushing Winnebago’s lead to 24- 15. Marengo worked the ball downfield, capped by a five yard TD play on a Muradian run, two minutes later, making it 24-22.

Jones grabbed a 40- yard pass for a TD, at the 6:30 mark, for the last scoring on the night. The 30-22 Winnebago lead held up, as Marengo shut down them down to gain their last possession in the waning minute.

INDIAN NOTES:

Marengo’s defense held Winnebago off on four extra point conversion tries, and one failed kick; the team gained 154 yards on the ground with Muradian (15 rushes-85 yards), Knaack (12-50), and Finnigan Schirmer (3-25); Knaack passed for 152 yards completing 13 passes out of 22, with 1 interception; Schirmer caught five passes for 63 yards, Tyler Anderson went 4-57, Nikolas San Miguel was 1-21, and Muradian 3-11.

Marengo plays at Elmwood Park Sept. 1, and at Woodstock Sept. 8, at Woodstock North Sept. 15, before coming home to face Harvard Sept. 22.

GIRLS VOLLEYBALL

Winnebago (1-0) grabbed two straight sets from the Indians for a 2-1 non-conference win. The Aug.22 home tilt saw Marengo (0-1) take the first round 25- 15, before dropping two consecutive hard-fought sets 25-19, and 25-23. Lillie Simons had 5 kills and 6 blocks, Katelyn Jeschke had 15 digs, and Emma Euker added 9 kills with 6 blocks.

The team at Richmond-Burton Sept. 7, Burlington Central at home Sept. 12, and Wauconda at home Sept. 26.

BOYS GOLF

The Indians played Mc Henry, at the Mc Henry Country Club, with the Warriors taking a 173-226 match win. The Indians’ Brady Cannon shot a 46, Matt Fischer ended with a 62 scorecard, and Aidan Kirchner tabbed a 65.

The team plays Johnsburg at home Sept. 5, at Harvard Sept. 7, at the Roger Alm Invite in Antioch Sept. 9, at home against Woodstock North and the Woodstock Coop Sept. 13, Rockford Lutheran High School at home Sept. 19, at Richmond-Burton Sept. 21, at the Genoa Invite Sept. 23, at Belvidere Sept. 25, and at Sycamore Sept. 28. The schedule is subject to change.

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