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Forsberg, Rohman ignite Mavericks’ rout, 40-7

Joseph Forsberg

SHERBURN — It’s always nice to start the season with a win.

The Martin County West Mavericks football team did just that on Friday night, beating the St. James Area Saints, 40-7, in Sherburn.

“The kids ground it out for four quarters,” MCW head coach Tom Elliott said. “We have a lot of things to work on this week in practice. I give St. James credit because they played hard for four quarters.”

The home fans were treated to a 19-0 halftime lead and they had plenty more to cheer about in the second half when the Mavericks scored 21 more points.

MCW quarterback Carver Rohman ran for touchdowns of 5 and 8 yards, respectively, with 8.9 seconds left in the first quarter and 5:39 remaining in the second quarter to get the Mavericks on the board.

Wyatt Williamson kicked the extra point after the first TD, but the Mavericks missed a two-point conversion try after the second score when Zach Anderson was stopped short of the goal line.

Rohman connected with Williamson on a 34-yard touchdown pass with only 79 seconds left before the half. Williamson’s PAT was no good, but the home squad built a 19-0 lead that carried to halftime.

In the third quarter, running back Joseph Forsberg went to work, rushing for a 56-yard touchdown run at the 9:46 mark and added his second score of the quarter, running in from 3 yards out.

Rohman ran in the two-point conversion after Forsberg’s first score, but the Mavericks failed on a two-point try after the second score when Rohman’s pass fell incomplete.

Rohman capped off MCW’s scoring in the fourth quarter, running in from 3 yards out and Williamson added the extra point to make it 40-0.

The Saints finally got on the scoreboard with 1:54 left in the game when running back Sonny Heil ran 10 yards for the score. Ruben Zamora kicked the extra point.

The Mavericks forced three turnovers. Cody Potts intercepted a pass and recovered a fumble, and Riley Allen recovered a fumble.

The Saints were able to gain yards, but penalties and the turnovers halted their drives.

On offense for MCW, Forsberg rushed for a game-leading 182 yards on 22 carries with two touchdowns, while Rohman rushed for 58 yards with 3 TDs and was 6-of-9 passing for 138 yards and one touchdown with no interceptions.

Williamson made two receptions for 59 yards with one touchdown and Anderson had three catches for 44 yards to lead the Mavericks’ receiving corp.

For St. James Area, Heil gained 115 yards on 18 carries with one touchdown.

Max Olson recorded 11 tackles and Williamson added nine to lead the Mavericks.

MCW (1-0) travels to Sleepy Eye to face the Sleepy Eye Public Indians at 7 p.m. next Friday night

“We beat Sleepy Eye by eight points last year, but most of their roster is back, so it should be a close game,” Elliott said. “We have a lot to work on before that game.”

SJA 0 0 0 7– 7

MCW 7 12 14 7–40

Scoring Plays

1st Quarter

MCW–Carver Rohman 5 yard run (Wyatt Williamson kick), 0:08.

2nd Quarter

MCW–Carver Rohman 8 yard run (two-point try no good), 5:39.

MCW–Carver Rohman 34 yard pass to Wyatt Williamson (Wyatt Williamson kick no good), 1:19.

3rd Quarter

MCW–Joseph Forsberg 56 yard run (two-point run good), 9:46.

MCW–Joseph Forsberg 3 yard run (two-point conversion no good), 6.6.

4th Quarter

MCW–Carver Rohman 3 yard run (Wyatt Williamson kick), 4:53.

SJA–Sonny Heil 10 yard run (Ruben Zamora kick), 1:54.

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