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Mustangs give Leroy Marsh milestone win

Teammates congratulate Munster's Seth Gutweafter returning roughly 80 yard kick off Munster High School Friday August 17 2013. \Jim Karczewski~Sun-Times

Teammates congratulate Munster's Seth Gutwein after returning a roughly 80 yard kick off at Munster High School on Friday August 17, 2013. \Jim Karczewski~Sun-Times Media

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Updated: September 25, 2013 6:13AM



MUNSTER — After a disappointing 2-8 season last year, Munster got off to a fast start with a 27-9 victory over Lake Central on Friday at Mustang field.

That the victory gave 34-year Mustangs coach Leroy Marsh his 200th at the helm made it that much sweeter.

But Marsh was more excited at seeing his team flourish and come back to beat the Indians, who last year beat the Mustangs 40-0.

“It means a lot to our kids. After a disappointing year, they hung with us,” Marsh said.

Marsh praised his quarterback, senior Joe Jumonville, who’s been recruited to Northern Illinois for baseball. Friday night was Jumonville’s first game as starting quarterback since he was a freshman at St. Rita’s.

“It’s my first year here, but for us to win for Coach Marsh means so much to me,” Jumonville said.

Marsh said the plan going into the game was to keep the Mustangs defense off the field as much as possible and run out the clock. He praised Lake Central’s defense as “very good.”

Lake Central coach Brett St. Germain wasn’t as confident. He acknowledged that Munster played with much more energy, especially in the first half, and said the Indians have a lot of work to do, though the season is by no means over.

“This is probably the most undisciplined team effort I’ve seen in awhile,” St. Germain said.

“There were times it didn’t even look like we were prepared. Every time we’d get a drive, there would be a bad snap or a penalty.”

St. Germain, however, congratulated Marsh on his 200th victory.

The Munster-Lake Central non-conference rivalry started up again five years ago, with Munster now leading the series 5-4. LC finished its season 8-3 last year.

Defensive back Antwan Davis scored the Indians’ lone touchdown on a catch that looked like it was out-of-bounds, but his left foot was in fact in the end zone.



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