BY MARVIN HOLMAN
---- — MILFORD — The Milford/Cissna Park football team has been on a roll as of late, scoring at least 50 points in its last two games.
“Our offense has been very good as of late,” Bearcats coach Clint Schwartz said. “After the Attica game (a 21-14 loss), we were put in a playoff situation in a way because we had to win our last two games just to make it.”
But in Friday’s Class 1A state playoff game, the Bearcats will be on the road against today undefeated Ottawa Marquette, who have scored at least 40 points in all but one game.
“We finally saw some tape on them and they remind me of Bismarck,” Schwartz said. “They are not as great as runners as Bismarck, they can still put up a lot of points.”
With a 5-4 record, the Bearcats achieved one of their goals for the season, but Schwartz said there was an add-on to that goal.
“We met in July to come up with some goals and we read them this week,” Schwartz said. “Along with making the playoffs, we want to get past the first round.
“Even if we don’t win on Friday, we still made the playoffs and that was something a lot of teams did not do.”
On defense, a change in alignment have been the key for some improvement for MCP.
“Earlier in the season, we did a 3-5 defense but we moved to a 4-4 in the middle of the season,” Schwartz said. “We have done very well with that defense and we hope it continues on Monday.”
Also, Schwartz hopes the play of Jacob and Josh Marquez will also continue to go big for the team. Jacob Marquez passed for five touchdowns against Oakwood/Armstrong-Potomac with three of them to Josh Marquez. Josh Marquez ran for two touchdowns while Jacob Marquez passed for one in the team’s win over Hoopeston Area.
“There is something between them and it is more than them just playing catch,” Schwartz said. “Josh is the heart and soul of the team and he is just one of those players that has that talent that you just can’t coach, it is already there.”
The Bearcats and Ottawa Marquette will start play at 7 p.m.
IHSA Class 1A Playoffs Milford/Cissna Park Bearcats vs. Ottawa Marquette Academy Crusaders When -- 7 p.m. tonight Where -- Gould Stadium, Ottawa Records -- Milford/Cissna Park 5-4 overall; Ottawa Marquette 9-0. Rankings -- Ottawa Marquette is No. 7 in the final Associated Press Class 1A Poll, Milford/Cissna Park is unrated. Last meeting -- first meeting ever. Last week's results -- Milford/Cissna Park defeated Hoopeston Area 56-6; Ottawa Marquette beat Alden-Hebron 47-7. Next week's game -- winner advances to a second-round contest against the winner of the game between Chicago Hope Academy Statistical leaders Rushing -- Milford/Cissna Park: Devon Laubscher 118 carries, 851 yards, 14 touchdowns; Jacob Marquez 118-693, 6 TDs; Josh Marquez 33-329, 4 TDs. Passing -- Milford/Cissna Park: Jacob Marquez 50 completions, 106 attempts, 4 interceptions, 905 yards, 10 touchdowns. Receiving -- Milford/Cissna Park: Josh Marquez 22 receptions, 397 yards, 5 touchdowns; Jake Rogers 10-245, 2 TDs; Tyson Rogers 15-228, 3 TDs. Tackles -- Milford/Cissna Park: Jake Rogers 97, Matt Birr 69, Josh Marquez 64, Corwin Allen 54, Jake Montgomery 51, Ben Jennings 36.