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Mooseheart's Brandon Gadson returns a kickoff in the Ramblers 48-0 loss to Ottawa Marquette.
Mooseheart defender Otega Robinson (right) prepares to tackle Ottawa Marquette's Cole Lindhout.
Mooseheart's Gabe Camacho gains second half yardage in the Rambles loss to Ottawa Marquette.
OTTAWA, IL, Oct. 11 – Sometimes numbers can be deceiving in the way one teams looks dominant when the contest played on the field was much closer than the statistics show.
Friday's Mooseheart football contest at Ottawa Marquette was not one of those contests. The Crusaders dominated offensively, forced turnovers and scored freely in a 48-0 Northeastern Athletic Conference contest.
But if the Crusaders (7-0, 7-0 were dominant), Mooseheart (4-3, 4-3) contributed mightily to its own downfall.
"It's not too hard when you're against a team that's not really playing good football at all," Mooseheart coach Gary Urwiler said. "I take nothing away from them. They're playing well and they're executing well. Ottawa looks hungry and obviously they've got some goals and more power to them."
The defeat is Mooseheart's second consecutive defeat and leaves the Ramblers still one victory from being playoff eligible with two weeks left in the regular season. Thoughts of the postseason were miles away as Urwiler talked at Marquette's Gould Stadium.
"It's crazy," Urwiler said. "Here we are 4-3 and we're talking about the playoffs. Is there still a possibility? Yeah, but I don't know."
None of the evening's statistics favored Mooseheart and the key numbers included the total offensive tally: 477 for the Crusaders and 71 for the Ramblers.
"We're really struggling to do the right things," Urwiler said. "We're just not getting it. It's really frustrating how, after the first two weeks of the season, how we're regressed in our level of play."
The other key statistic was the total number of turnovers – 6 for the Ramblers and none for the Crusaders. Mooseheart quarterbacks threw four interceptions and the team lost a pair of fumbles while Ottawa Marquette did not lose the football in the contest.
"It has to do with character, desire and heart," Urwiler said.
Mooseheart's final two contests are both at home, starting with Friday's game against Hope. Kickoff is 7 p.m.
"We've got to heal within," Urwiler said. "We've got a lot of drama going on. We've got to heal within. We need to have some guys really step up and lead this team."
Mooseheart 0 0 0 0 - 0
Ottawa Marquette 14 19 9 6 - 48
OM—Garland 18 pass from Killelea (Killelea kick)
OM—Killelea 1 run (Killelea kick)
OM—Martini 3 run (Killelea kick)
OM—Hettel 23 pass from Killelea (kick failed)
OM—Lindhout 60 pass from Killelea (pass failed)
OM—Safety, Intentional grounding penalty in end zone
OM—Verona 26 pass from Killelea (Killelea kick)
OM—Lechtenberg 6 run (kick failed)
First Downs 3
Passing yards 37
Total yards 71
Individual Rushing Stats
Individual Passing Stats
Nicholas 2-11-3 10
Serrano 2-5-1 27
Individual Receiving Stats