In what turned out to be a very physical no-contest game, Marion ran and passed to a 40-0 road victory Friday over the Bennington Bulldogs in a Heart of America contest.
The Warriors scored three times in the first quarter, the first at 8:03 on a long run from Brody Carroll and the second on a touchdown pass to Jacob Harper with 5:43 left in the quarter. The Warriors put points on the board a third time with a 24-yard pass to the 4-yard line that set up a touchdown run for running back Colten Johnson at the 1:13 mark, making the score 20-0 after the missed extra point.
In the second quarter, running back Mikael Antoszyk returned the ball to the Marion 43-yard line with 11:06 left in the half. A penalty pushed the ball back, but the Warriors continued to drive down the field. A long pass from Cole Lewman to tight end Dakin Ledford got the Warriors the touchdown with 8:15 left, to make it 26-0. Marion?s second touchdown in the second quarter came from a strong effort by Antoszyk, who broke free and ran from his own 20-yard line to the 44-yard line with 1:30 left. Lewman then threw a long pass to Antoszyk minutes later to bring the Warriors to the 1-yard line. Antoszyk ran it in for the touchdown with 1:14 left in the half. The kick was good, giving the Warriors a 33-0 lead at halftime.
Marion started the second half strong, downing the kickoff at midfield. Johnson showed his experience with a long run through traffic to get the touchdown with 11:43 left to play. The kick made 40-0.
Antoszyk appeared to injure his left leg late in the third quarter and did not return to the game. His status is unknown for the Warriors? home game against Moundridge next Friday.
The win bumped Marion to 3-0 for the season and 2-0 in the HOA, while Benning?ton slipped to 0-3 in the league and for the season.