Boone, Chamberland spark lopsided win over Bluestem

Blowout wins are becoming a common theme for the Marion Warrior football team.

After defeating Wichita Independent 46-16 in their first district game last Friday, the Warriors made quick work of the winless Bluestem Lions from Leon with a 56-6 victory.

Marion gained 401 yards, the second-straight 400-plus-yard game. The Warrior defense held the Lions to just 78 total yards.

The Warriors hit fast and furious in the first quarter, scoring three times for a 21-0 advantage.

Steven Boone’s 3-yard run gave the Warriors their first touchdown of the game. The junior running back also added the point-after kicks on all three touchdowns.

Quarterback Clayton Chamberland ran for the second touchdown from 8-yards out, and Neil Waner recovered a fumble and dashed 13 yards for the Warriors third score.

In the second quarter, the Warriors struck again. Chamberland took a quarterback keeper 37 yards for a touchdown, giving Marion a 28-0 lead after Boone kicked the PAT.

After forcing the Lions inside the Bluestem 5-yard line, the Warriors pressured the Lions’ quarterback and forced a fumble in the end zone. Waner pounced on the loose ball and the Warriors road a 35-point lead into the locker room at halftime.

In the second half, the Warriors picked up where they left off. Jake Adkins joined the scoring parade on a 1-yard run for a touchdown. After Boone nailed the extra point, the Warriors led by 42.

Boone added a 16-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter, and Boone added the PAT.

Adkins added a 15-yard touchdown run late in the third quarter to give Marion a 56-0 advantage after Boone connected on his final PAT kick.

With seconds remaining in the third quarter, the Lions got on the scoreboard when Jeff Dey ran in from three yards out. The PAT was unsuccessful.

Neither team scored in the final quarter, and the Warriors walked away with a 50-point win and clinched a berth in bi-district play Nov. 5.

Boone carried the ball 16 times for 105 yards. He scored two touchdowns and connected on eight PAT kicks.

Chamberland averaged 10.6 yards per carry, finishing with 74 yards and two touchdowns. Jason Matz ended the night with 73 yards on 13 carries and freshman Casey Nelson added 72 yards on 11 carries.

Matz was again dominant on defense. He was credited with five solo tackles, one assist and one interception. Tyler Smith had four solo tackles along with two assists and two tackles for a loss.

Coming-The Warriors are 6-2 overall. They will finish district play and the regular season Thursday against Eureka (4-4). The winner of that game will get home-field advantage in regional play on Tuesday. The loser will play on the road.

Kickoff against Eureka is scheduled for 7 p.m.

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