Marion blanks Inman, 35-0, in homecoming victory

 Kyle Palic (55) and Seth Snelling (7) wrap up the Teuton ball-carrier during first-quarter action in Marion's 35-0 homecoming shutout of Inman Friday night. The Marion defense allowed two Inman first downs on the night and limited the Teutons to 37 yards of total offense. In front of a homecoming crowd, Marion?s football matchup with Inman could hardly have been better scripted.

The Warriors dominated the field in a 35-0 shutout, compiling 315 yards of total offense while limiting the visiting Teutons to 37 total yards?all rushing?on the night.

Marion?s defense allowed only two Inman first downs, both of which came on the Teutons? opening drive.

After that, it was all Marion.

The Warriors enjoyed a shortened field at the Inman 26-yard line after the Teutons failed to get their first punt of the night off. Five plays later, Marion got on the board on a 14-yard touchdown run up the middle by quarterback Taylor Heidebrecht.

Grif Case?s kick made it 7-0 with 2:00 left in the opening quarter.

Heidebrecht again found the end zone for Marion?s second score, this time on a 4-yard touchdown run for a 14-0 lead with 3:59 left in the second quarter after Case?s kick.

The Warriors took that margin into the locker room at halftime.

Inman got the ball to start the second half but went three-and-out. John Nordquist blocked the Teuton punt and recovered it in the end zone to increase Marion?s lead to 21-0 after Case?s kick with 9:42 left in the third quarter.

On the first play of Marion?s next drive, Heidebrecht rushed 43 yards for a touchdown. Case?s kick failed, but the Warriors enjoyed a 27-point advantage.

The Warriors orchestrated one final scoring drive of the night, capitalizing when Adam Janzen rushed for an 18-yard score. The drive covered 85 yards and took 7:42 off the clock. Case?s 2-point conversion made it 35-0 with 6:44 left in the game.

After another three-and-out by Inman, Marion got the ball back with 4:34 left on the clock. The Warriors kept the ball on the ground to secure the 35-point shutout victory.

With the win, Marion improved to 3-1 on the season. Marion will travel to Horton Friday for a non-league contest starting at 7 p.m.

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