MARSHFIELD — The McDonald County Mustangs’ season opener Friday night was highlighted by Oakley Roessler’s 80-yard touchdown run in the first quarter.
Other than that, it would be difficult to look on the bright side as the Marshfield Blue Jays scored the game’s final 34 points en route to a 41-7 win.
Marshfield senior quarterback Brock Utecht passed for 223 yards and three scores on the evening with 19 for 25 accuracy slinging the pigskin. Truett Gardner caught nine passes for 100 yards and two scores, while fellow seniors Austin Porter and Will Smith put together six more grabs, 80 more yards, and two more scores.
Meanwhile, Marshfield running back Brennan Espy gave the offense some balance with 139 yards and one touchdown on 16 carries. He ran for a 60-yard touchdown in the fourth quarter. Additionally, he threw a 28-yard scoring pass to Thomas McIllwain in the second quarter.
Marshfield scored 27 points after halftime.
The Blue Jays closed out the scoring with senior linebacker Trenton Boles’ 21-yard interception return for a TD with 4 minutes, 3 seconds remaining on the clock.
McDonald County, 0-1, ended a 16-game losing streak with a season-opening win last season against Marshfield.
Roessler gained 204 yards on 18 carries, while first time starting quarterback Ben Mora completed 5-15 passes for 87 yards and Joe Brown made four grabs for 83 yards.
The Mustangs play their home opener in Week 2, taking on Logan-Rogersville. The Wildcats took a 65-20 loss in their opener against Lamar, owner of the nation’s longest winning streak at 50 games.