Marion downs Wichita Independent 35-0

ORIGINALLY WRITTEN TOM STOPPEL
The Marion Warriors claimed the final Cottonwood Valley League championship by dropping the Wichita Independent Panthers 35-0 in Marion Friday night.



Clayton Chamberland, who rushed for 120 yards in the game, got Marion on the board with 8:53 to play in the first quarter with a 1-yd plunge, giving Marion a 6-0 lead.



Neither team scored until Chamberland pounced on a Steven Boone fumble into the end zone for another Warrior touchdown with 4:32 to play in the half.

Chamberland hooked up with Calvin Riggs for the two point conversion and Marion led 14-0.



With 3:10 to play, the Warrior defense scored a touchdown when Tyler Smith fell on an Independent fumble in the end zone. Boone added the PAT kick and the Warriors led 21-0.



On Wichita Independents next possession, the Warriors forced a punt which Clint Weber tipped, giving Marion the ball on the Independent 27 yard line.



Following a Chamberland-Riggs pass down to the one yard line, Boone plowed into the end zone with 2:13 to play in the half, and Marion suddenly led by a score of 27-0 into the halftime locker room.



The score remained that way until just 8:12 remained in the game.

Boone scored his second touchdown of the night on an 8-yard run, making the score 33-0.



Marion concluded the nights scoring when Independent snapped the ball over their quarterbacks head, and recovered it in the end zone for a Marion safety, securing the final 35-0 margin.



With the win, which was coach Grant Thierolfs 100th career victory at Marion, the Warriors not only clinched the CVL crown and moved to 6-1, but the game also marked the first district game for the Warriors.



Next up is Leon-Bluestem on the road.

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