The Marinette Marines ruined the Bulldog Homecoming football game by beating the home team, 25-13.
New London struck first on a quarterback keeper for a touchdown by Dylan Keehn. The extra point kick was no good, but New London took a 6-0 lead into halftime.
Marinette drove to New London’s 3 yard line early in the third quarter, but the Bulldog defense held. On fourth and goal, Marinette drew a pass interference penalty against New London, giving the Marines first and goal from the 1 yard line. Marinette scored on a running play and kicked the extra point to take a 7-6 lead.
Going into the fourth quarter, the score remained 7-6 in favor of the Marines. Marinette added to that lead with a touchdown pass with 9:41 remaining in the game. The extra point attempt was no good, but the Marines took a 13-6 lead.
New London answered with a beautiful pass and catch from Keehn to Hunter Zaddack, good for 66 yards and a touchdown with 8:49 left to play. The extra point kick was good, and the game was tied, 13-13.
The Bulldog defense stepped up to force Marinette into a fourth down and 15 yards to go on the next drive, and an incomplete pass gave the Bulldogs the ball with 2:50 remaining.
The Bulldogs took over at their own 25-yard line looking to drive for the go-ahead score, but Marinette intercepted a pass from Keehn and returned it for a touchdown. The Marines went for a two-point conversion, but it failed, giving them a 19-13 lead.
Needing to go 71 yards with just 1:58 remaining, the Bulldogs tried to air it out. Unfortunately, incomplete passes and a penalty forced the Bulldogs to turn the ball over on downs.
Marinette scored in a 19-yard touchdown run with 1:26 left, making the score 25-13.
Zach Duenas returned the ensuing kickoff 58 yards and the Bulldogs used a pass completion and pass interference penalty against the Marines to move the ball to Marinette’s 16-yard line, but a sack and fumble ended the drive with 4.5 seconds remaining in the game.
Marinette took a knee to run out the clock, preserving the 25-13 win.