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It may have been a cold, damp evening for football, but the Marengo Indians kept the “Homecoming” weekend warm and alive at Rod Poppe Field with a last-minute 29-22 victory over Woodstock North. The victory keeps the Indians (4-2 Overall, 3-0 Kishwaukee River Conference) in first place, tied with the Johnsburg Skyhawks.

With the game tied 22-22, Marengo quarterback Travis Knaak (16-31, 193 passing yards, 1 Touchdown pass, 3 TD runs) watched four consecutive tosses fall incomplete, before turning the ball over to the Thunder (2-4, 1-3), halfway through the fourth quarter. With 2:26 left in the game, Marengo got possession of the ball.

Knaak heaved a sideline pass on third down, from the Indians’ 47-yard line, to Aaron Shepard, who powered down to the Wood- stock North 1-yard line. Knaak then backpedaled into the end zone with 0:35 seconds left, on a sneak play for the score, followed by Shepard’s one-point conversion kick.

Marengo’s Cole Davis intercepted a Ryan Zinnen pass to close out WN’s last hopes for a tying touchdown.

WN grabbed opened the game’s scoring, when running back Ed Flores ran it in from 22 yards out, and a 2-point conversion pass for an 8-0 lead. WN’s Finn Schirmer, who had amassed 618 rushing yards this season, was removed in the first quarter with a shoulder injury. The second quarter started with Knaak tossing to Davis for a 6-yard pass, but the conversion run was stopped.

WN scored on an Austin Zie- man catch for a 6-yard TD pass, and the Indians’ Shepard kicked a 27-yard field goal at the 0:09-sec- ond mark to end the first half, with WN leading 15-9.

Marengo’s offense began churning out the ground yardage behind Knaak, who scored on 1-yard and 9-yard runs, for a 22-15 third quarter lead. The Thunder drove the ball into the Indians’ red zone, eventually clicking for a 3-yard TD pass, from Zinnen to Carter Coalson, on a fourth down play, and knot the score 22-22.

Another WN score was averted when linebacker Blake Heinberg took the ball away from Flores at the Marengo 1-yard line. Knaak totaled 314 yards for the game. He also went 21- 121 rushing, with Finnigan Schirmer (6-33), Cade Nolen (1-4), and Nikolas San Miguel (4-8).

Marengo receivers were led by Shepard (5-74), Davis (6-66), Colton Lohff ( 2-37), Schirmer (1-10), Nolen (1-5), and San Mi- guel (1-1). The offense totaled 358 yards. The Indians go head-to-head with Johnsburg for first place in the KRC, in an Oct. 5 away game.


The Indians beat the Harvard Hornets in straight matches 25- 13 and 25-9 in a Sept. 26 KRC tilt. Hannah Ritter, Lillie Simons, and Bailey Bertrand each had six kills.


The Sept. 24 Kishwaukee River Tournament, played at the Blackstone Golf Club, ended with the Burlington Rockets taking first place, followed by the Harvard Hornets in second place, and Johnsburg taking the third place slot. The Indians’ Carlie Seeman shot a 101, and led the Marengo golfers