Marion defeats Lyons 34-7

Behind two Sheldon Boone touchdown runs, the Marion High School football team overwhelmed the visiting Lyons Lions 34-7 on the first night of the 2009 football season. The first of Boone's scores came on the heels of a Tylor Neil interception, which followed a 1-yard plunge by quarterback Matt Sprowls with 2:16 remaining in the first half. Boone's score made it 21-0 heading into halftime, and that margin for error proved much more than the Warriors defense required.

Boone's second score?a 6-yard run?capped a 9-play Marion drive starting the third quarter and gave the Warriors an insurmountable 28-0 lead.

Marion allowed only one long gainer all night: a shovel pass from quarterback Jake Craig?who was flushed from the pocket by the Warriors rush, as on most of the Lions pass attempts Friday?to a wide receiver who bounced off of at least one would-be tackler before being caught from behind deep in Marion territory early in the fourth quarter. Craig scored the Lyons touchdown three plays later.

Lyons stopped Marion's next possession after six plays, but ended up starting at their own 14 on account of a holding penalty during the punt return. The series ended worse than it started, when Craig overthrew his target and found Warriors defensive back Mitch Cady wide open along the Lyons sideline. Cady secured the interception and darted 20 yards down the sideline for the evening's final score.

Marion's first possession went 3-and-out, but the Warriors strung together an eight-play series which ended with Drew Maddox churning into the endzone with the first score of the game 6:22 into the first quarter.

Next Friday, Marion plays at Collegiate

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