Friday?s football game was within Marion?s reach, but the Warriors couldn?t close the deal.
Trailing 14-0 at halftime, Marion used a strong third quarter to tie the game with two unanswered touchdowns, but missed opportunities and turnovers gave the Cardinals the upper hand and contributed to an eventual 34-14 Sedgwick victory.
After Marion went three-and-out to start the game, the Cardinals struck on their opening drive, piecing together an eight-play, 71-yard drive to take a 7-0 lead with 7:28 left in the first quarter.
The Warriors? next drive was cut short when Sedgwick intercepted a Taylor Heidebrecht pass?it would be the first of four interceptions on the night?and a second interception early in the second quarter set up a Sedgwick score on the next play.
The 82-yard touchdown pass boosted the Cardinals? advantage to 14-0, a lead they took into the locker room at the half.
After a Sedgwick three-and-out, Marion scored when Heidebrecht found James Jones in the back of the end zone for a 35-yard touchdown pass. Adam Janzen?s two-point conversion made the score 14-8 with 10:48 left in the third quarter.
Once again, the Warrior defense forced a three-and-out, and Marion?s offense went back to work.
The Warriors scored again, this time on an 11-yard touchdown run by Heidebrecht that capped a four-play, 55-yard drive that took 1:40 off the clock. When the two-point conversion failed, the score was tied, 14-14 with 8:12 left in the third quarter.
It would be Marion?s final points of the night, but Sedgwick later pieced together a six-play, 70-yard scoring drive highlighted by a 25-yard touchdown run. The PAT was blocked, but the Cardinals held a 20-14 lead with 2:12 left in the third quarter.
Marion went three-and-out, but the Warrior defense forced a Sedgwick punt after back-to-back sacks courtesy of Nick Meyer and Morgan Wheeler.
The Warriors fumbled on the first play of their next drive, but neither team found much success until Sedgwick orchestrated a 10-play, 62-yard scoring drive to bring the score to 28-14 after the two-point conversion with 3:43 left in the game.
Marion?s next drive ended with a second Warrior fumble, and Sedgwick capitalized with a touchdown two plays later to increase the lead to 34-14.
The Warriors got the ball back with 2:37 left to play, but Heidebrecht was intercepted on first down, allowing Sedgwick to run down the clock and go on to claim the 34-14 victory.