The Marion football team met with a chilly reception Friday at Hutchison Trinity, going home with a 37-25 league defeat.
The loss drops the Warriors to 2-4 overall and 1-4 in the Heart of America. Trinity improved to 4-2 and 4-1.
The Warriors struck first, converting a fourth-and-one on a trick play as quarterback Taylor Heidebrecht pitched to wide receiver Jacob Harper, who then threw to sophomore Grif Case at the Trinity 5-yard line.
Heidebrecht scored on third and two; Case’s kick made it 7-0 with 2:20 left in th first quarter.
The lead didn’t last long. The Celtics started at their 27-yard line, then converted a third-and-goal to tie the game early in the second quarter.
The Warriors fumbled on the 2-yard line on their next possession, allowing Elias Jasso to run in for a Celtic touchdown and 14-7 lead.
Marion responded with a scoring drive of its own, sparked when running back Brody Carroll’s 35-yard run to the Celtic 29-yard. Two quarterback keepers later, Heidebrecht scored, making it 14-13 following a missed extra point with 10:30 left in the first half.
Trinity threatened in the red zone on its next possession. But on third-and-15, Harper intercepted a pass in the end zone with 6:35 remaining giving the ball back to the Warriors.
Marion couldn’t take advantage of the turnover, though, and had to punt. The Celtics scored a few minutes later to make it 21-13 with just under two minutes left in the half.
The Warriors drove downfield with wide receiver James Jones making the catch for a first down on third-and-eight. But Heidebrecht was injured on the play and did not return.
With backup quarterback Zac Robson at the helm, Marion’s offense sputtered as the second half got under way. Robson was tackled in the end zone for a safety, making it 23-13 with 6:36 left in the third quarter.
With 2:46 left in the quarter, Marion recovered a fumble on the Celtic 25-yard line. On the next play, Robson found Harper near the end zone for the score. A blocked kick kept the score at 23-19.
Trinity responded a 38-yard run on a quarterback keeper to bring the Celtics to the Marion 32-yard line with 1:53 left. They scored on a another quarterback sneak to inflate the lead to 30-19 with 39 seconds left in the third quarter.
The Celtics scored on a long run seconds into the fourth quarter to extend the lead to 37-19. An interception set up Trinity for another score, but Marion’s defense was able to force a punt.
Jones took the hit to make the mid-air catch for Marion at the Trinity 20-yard line, and a facemask penalty gave Marion a first down on the 7-yard line with 4:28 left in the game.
Robson scored on third-and-five, but the two-point conversion pass was tipped away to make the final score 37-25.
Heidebrecht led Marion with 106 yards rushing and a touchdown, and completed three passes for 23 yards. Robson completed five passes for 105 yards and a touchdown, and added 46 rushing yards.
Jones led Marion receivers with five catches for 86 yards, with Harper adding a 24-yard touchdown reception.
Jasso led the Celtics with 131 rushing yards and a touchdown; David Thibualt added 66 yards and two touchdowns. Eric Banning added 57 yards and one score.
Coming—Marion is scheduled to host Halstead (4-2) Friday in the Warriors’ first district game.