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Football: Rockets fizzle after fast start

FARIBAULT — John Marshall started well enough on Friday night in a Big Southeast District football game.

FARIBAULT — John Marshall started well enough on Friday night in a Big Southeast District football game.

But the Rockets couldn't maintain it and fell 34-14 to surging Faribault.

JM is now 2-3 overall, while Faribault is 3-2.

JM scored first, on a 50-yard touchdown run by Shahan Ameen.

"We played nicely to begin the game, scoring right away," Rockets coach Kevin Kirkeby said. "But after that (Faribault) was able to play ball-control offense, like they want to do. Still, I felt that we played them pretty tough compared to what other teams have done lately against them."

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Faribault was coming off a narrow loss to Mankato East, and prior to that had beaten excellent Owatonna.

Faribault finished with 209 yards on the ground, led by 225-pound Felipe Ramirez's 80 yards rushing and two touchdown runs. Ramirez scored from 3 yards and 25 yards.

JM totaled 95 yards on the ground and 109 through he air. Quarterback Jared Juth was 12-for-23 passing, with two interceptions and one touchdown. The TD strike went for 7 yards to Ameen, the Rockets' speedy 210-pound senior running back.

Ameen led JM on the ground with 74 yards rushing. No other Rocket was close to that.

While Faribault had success on the ground, it managed just 49 yards passing.

JM isn't off to the kind of start that Kirkeby had anticipated. But he says that his team is hanging in there.

"We are working on coming together as a team and we're not quite there yet," Kirkeby said. "But we will get there. We are going to keep working hard at it."

Faribault 34, JM 14

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Faribault#6#15#13#0#—#34

First quarter

JM — Shahan Ameen 50 run (kick failed)

F —Felipe Ramirez 3 run (kick failed)

Second quarter

F — Cody Ehlers 16 pass from Kade Hart (Cade Kletschka kick)

F —Dallas Stapleton 48 run (2-point conversion)

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JM —Ameen 7 pass from Jared Juth (Juth run)

Third quarter

F —Kade Hart 27 run (Kletschka kick)

F —Ramirez 25 run (kick failed)

TEAM STATISTICS

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First down#8#14

Rushes-yds#95#209

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Passing yds#109#49

Total offense#204#258

Comp-att-int#12-23-2#3-8-0

Fumbles lost#0-0#0-0

INDIVIDUAL STATS

Rushing

JM — Shahan Ameen 9-74, Jordan Velez 4-12, Bernard Charles 1-8, Jared Juth 1-1. Faribault —Felipe Martinez 17-80, D. Stapleton 8-64, Kade Hart 9-63, J. Jackson 1-2

Passing

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JM — Juth 12 completions, 23 attempts, 2 interceptions, 1 touchdown, for 109 yards. Faribault —Hart 2-7-0-1, for 20 yards; C. Ehlers 1-1-0-0, for 13 yards..

Receiving

JM — Jared Poole 3-49, Velez 4-28, Ameen 3-19, Isaiah Levi 1-7, Charles 1-6. Faribault —C. Ernste 2-36.

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