Marion scored early and often in a 48-0 homecoming victory over Remington Friday. The Warriors dominated the line of scrimmage and gained a majority of yardage via the running game.
Remington, however, threatened to score on the game’s opening possession, covering 70 yards in three plays and forcing coach Grant Thierolf to call an early timeout. Four plays later, the Warrior defense forced a turnover on downs at the Marion 13-yard line.
After that, Marion scored four touchdowns in succession. The four scoring drives took a total of 2:09 off the clock, and the longest of the four lasted just 46 seconds.
Marion needed just 31 seconds and four plays to put a touchdown on the scoreboard, thanks to a 35-yard sprint by Jack Schneider on the first play of the drive, followed by a 23-yard run by Aaron Riggs. After an incomplete pass, Corbin Wheeler crossed the goal-line on a 30-yard run, making it 8-0 after Riggs’ two-point conversion run.
Remington advanced to the Warrior 15-yard line on its next possession but again the Warrior defense forced a turnover on downs.
Thirty seconds, and two plays, later, Marion was in the end zone again. A 33-yard Riggs run set up a 52-yard touchdown dash by Schneider. Riggs’ two-point conversion made it 16-0 at the 3:35 mark.
Following a Bronco punt, Marion took advantage of a short field, taking over at the Remington 33-yard line. Schneider completed a 27-yard pass to Wheeler on the first play of the drive, and, after a Bronco penalty, Riggs crossed the goal line for a 4-yard score. Schneider’s two-point conversion made it 24-0, a score that held through the end of the first quarter.
Marion scored 46 seconds into the second quarter on a 45-yard touchdown pass from Schneider to Pedersen, increasing Marion’s lead to 32-0.
The Warriors’ next drive saw a touchdown negated by a holding penalty and the drive end in an interception. Remington, however, fumbled the ball back to Marion, and the Warriors capped a three-play drive with a 28-yard rushing touchdown by Schneider. Marion led, 40-0, with 3:04 left in the half and took that lead into the locker room at intermission.
With a running clock in place to start the third quarter, Marion scored its final touchdown on the second half’s opening drive. Wheeler capped the six-play drive with a 7-yard touchdown run. That brought it to the final, 48-0 margin with about 8:30 left in the third quarter.
Remington’s ensuing drive lasted the duration of the period, and Marion substitutions took the field in the fourth quarter to nail down the shutout victory.
Marion rolled up 449 yards of offense, averaging 11.5 yards per play. Remington tallied 265 yards of offense. The Warriors rushed for 360 yards, led by Schneider with 5 carries for 142 yards. Two of those went for touchdowns.
Through the air, Schneider was 3-for-7 for 89 yards and one touchdown. Pedersen’s one reception was a touchdown catch.
Marion maintained possession of the ball for just 16:42, compared with 31:18 for Remington.
Coming—Marion (4-0) will travel to Sterling (3-1) Friday for a matchup with a new Heart of America league opponent. Game time is 7 p.m. The Black Bears come into the game off a 54-20 win over Moundridge. Sterling’s only loss was to Sedgwick, 35-34. The Black Bears defeated Remington in their season-opener, 60-18.
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