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AUSTIN EDITION Mayo gets revenge on JM

Mayo came into Friday's game with Rochester rival John Marshall with the memory of last year's section playoffs, when John Marshall shut them out 24-0.

"We wanted to prove that last year was a fluke," said Mayo's Brent Johnson. "We came in trying to prove something."

If they proved anything in Friday's 20-6 win at Mayo Stadium, it was that their line play continues to grind down opponents. The Rockets proved to be harder material than most opponents this season, but in the end, it was the offensive line that took control.

Holding that 7-6 lead, Mayo got the ball on its own 30 with less than a minute to go in the third quarter. It was time to take control.

Eighteen plays and more than eight minutes later, Johnson slammed his way into the end zone. Three consecutive times on that drive, Mayo faced fourth and short and got the first down each time.

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Lost in the middle of all this was the consistent running of tailback Jason Lawler and fullback Nick Larson. Along with Johnson, they were able to pick up just enough yardage on this drive to move the chains.

"They physically took it to us in the fourth quarter," said John Marshall coach Jack Drews.

The Rockets entered the game ranked third in the state in Class AAAAA, while Mayo was ranked sixth. Both were 6-0 and had almost identical statistics.

The win guarantees Mayo a share of the Big Nine title. The Spartans will play Faribault Wednesday, while John Marshall is host to Mankato East.

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