With the score 7-0 just seconds before halftime, Thursday’s San Francisco Section championship resembled little more than a ho-hum affair.
Then Deshon Marman happened.
The Mustangs’ junior defensive end came up with two enormous plays on defense and special teams in a
10-second span that completely altered the course of the game, helping Lincoln cruise to a 49-0 victory and its third straight Turkey Bowl title.
With the Mustangs leading 7-0 with 10 seconds remaining in the first half and Washington punting from their own 8-yard line, Marman burst though the line of scrimmage and swallowed Anthony Marshall’s punt attempt. After a mad scramble, Marman pounced on the ball in the end zone to give Lincoln a 14-0 lead.
On the very next play from scrimmage, Marman exploded into the backfield and grappled Washington quarterback Derf Butler to the ground at the 14-yard line, popping the ball out in the process. Marman calmly scooped the ball off the ground at the 8-yard line and rumbled into the end zone, increasing the Mustangs’ lead to 21-0.
"Those plays were so important because the defense got involved, and we were able to gain some momentum right before the half," Marman said. "After that, it was total domination."
Marman was all over the field on Thursday, racking up 10 tackles, three sacks and four tackles for a loss. Along with his game-changing blocked punt right before the half, he also snuffed out a punt attempt in the first quarter.
Marman’s two scores were the first non-offensive touchdowns of his career.
"He was unbelievable," said Lincoln coach Phil Ferrigno. "It was a no-brainer how important his presence was today."