Marion falls to Sedgwick in regional contest, 35-0

Zach Robson (4) catches a third-down pass from Taylor Heidebrecht in the first quarter Saturday at Sedgwick. Robson later replaced Heidebrecht at quarterback after Heidebrecht left the game after taking a hard hit in the second quarter. In the end, Marion fell, 35-0. For the second time this season, Marion endured a loss at Sedgwick, falling 35-0 to the Cardinals in regional football action Saturday.

The game was within reach after the first half of play, with Sedgwick leading by only one touchdown, 7-0, at intermission.

But things went downhill in the second half as four Warrior turnovers limited Marion?s scoring opportunities, while a strong Sedgwick offense managed four more Cardinal touchdowns by the end of the game.

The game began with a strong defensive effort by the Warriors, who forced Sedgwick to go three-and-out and punt on the game?s opening drive.

Marion, too, punted on its first drive, but Sedgwick found the end zone on its next possession.

The Cardinals kept the ball on the ground and Dalton Brandt pounded out the game?s first score on a 32-yard touchdown run that capped an eight-play, 79-yard drive.

After the extra-point kick, Sedgwick led, 7-0, with 5:35 left in the opening quarter.

On the Warriors? next possession, Heidebrecht completed a 24-yard pass to Zach Robson on third-and-10 to keep the drive alive, but four plays later, Marion turned the ball over on downs following three incomplete passes.

Sedgwick went three-and-out, but Marion committed the first of six turnovers with a fumble two plays into the drive.

When Sedgwick came up short on fourth-and-3, Marion began its next drive with a 21-yard pass completion from Heidebrecht to James Jones. Five plays later, however, Brylie Ware intercepted a Heidebrecht pass. Heidebrecht took a hard hit on the play and did not return the duration of the game.

Two plays later, Caleb Williams returned the favor by intercepting Ware?s pass, and the Warriors took over at the Sedgwick 18-yard line with Robson in at quarterback.

After two incomplete passes sandwiched a short Marion gain, Robson scrambled 11 yards on fourth-and-9 to bring up first-and-goal from the 6-yard line. Adam Janzen took the handoff on first down and advanced to the 1-yard line, but Marion was unable to cross the goal line in three additional running plays.

The tables turned in favor of Marion when Robson intercepted Ware?s first-down pass, but Marion couldn?t captizalize and punted the ball away. Sedgwick, too, punted, and after two Warrior plays, the teams went into halftime with Sedgwick leading, 7-0.

A shaky start by Marion to begin the third quarter seemed to set the tone for the rest of the game. After a 16-yard pass completion from Robson to Jones on third down, Marion fumbled the ball away on the next play.

The Marion defense limited the damage by forcing a Cardinal punt, but things went from bad to worse when Robson?s first-down pass was intercepted by Tanner Liby.

That set up Sedgwick?s second score, as the Cardinals found the end zone on the first play of the drive on a 42-yard touchdown pass from Ware to Greer Chandler for a 14-0 lead.

Two Marion running plays and an incomplete pass later, the Warriors faced fourth-and-8 from their own 32-yard line. Williams appeared to attempt a first down but punted the ball at the last minute, giving Sedgwick good field position at the Marion 15-yard line.

After a false start penalty on the first play, the Cardinals struck fast on a 20-yard touchdown run by Brandt through the Marion defense for a 21-0 lead with 4:40 left in the third quarter.

With Marion again forced to punt, Sedgwick managed one more third-quarter score on a 15-yard run by Ware. That gave the Cardinals a 28-0 lead going into the fourth quarter.

Marion later recovered a Sedgwick fumble, but Robson was intercepted on first down by Liby.

The teams traded punts, and Sedgwick managed its final touchdown when Ware completed a 58-yard scoring strike to Brandt on the second play of the drive, giving the Cardinals a 35-0 lead with 3:27 left in the game.

Marion?s final drive ended with a lost fumble, and Sedgwick took a knee to seal the win.

Marion concludes the season with a 9-2 overall record. The Warriors? only other loss came to Sedgwick in week two, 34-14.

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