Marion defeats Sacred Heart

The Marion Warriors defeated the Sacred Heart Knights in Marion Friday night by a score of 14-7 to highlight homecoming festivities for the Warriors.

Marion got on the board with 10:31 remaining in the first quarter when Sacred Heart was forced to punt after three downs on their opening possession.

The snap from center sailed over the punters head giving Marion the ball on the Knights two yard line. Clayton Chamberland wasted no time and scored on Marions initial play. A Steven Boone extra point kick gave Marion a quick 7-0 lead.

The Warriors made it 14-0 after they took over on downs on their own 30 yard line with 7:08 remaining in the first quarter.

A thirteen play, seventy yard drive that followed took 5:24 off the clock, and culminated with a Tyler Smith touchdown from four yards out. Boones extra point was good once again, extending the Warrior lead with 1:44 to play in the first quarter.

The second quarter was a scoreless battle of field position and Marion led 14-0 into the halftime locker room.

Sacred Heart finally got on the scoreboard with 5:10 remaining in the third quarter when quarterback Tyler Vishnefske connected with Jimmy McKee on a thirteen yard touchdown strike. The extra point attempt was good and the Warrior lead was cut in half, 14-7.

The 70 yard Sacred Heart drive featured a 48 yard completion from Vishnefske to Brian Weiser and a Marion personal foul keeping the drive alive.

Both teams traded field position until Marion took over on their own 43 yard line with 7:35 remaining in the game.

The Warriors proceeded to run 10 plays and 4:51 off the clock before a Chamberland fourth and nine pass was picked off in the end zone.

Sacred Heart had one last gasp, but three plays produced two Warrior quarterback sacks to secure the victory.

With the win, the Warriors improve their record to 2-1 on the season, and 1-0 in the CVL.

Sacred Hearts record drops to 2-1.

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