Marion opens District 9 play with 43-24 loss at Remington

Opening 3A District 9 play Friday night at Remington, the Marion Warriors fell behind big early in a 43-24 loss.

Remington controlled the line of scrimmage early, rendering the Warrior offense ineffective through most of the contest. Marion was without leading rusher Les Riggs due to injury.

?We got to come out right from the opening gun and be ready to play,? said Thierolf. ?There?s no reason for that.?

Meanwhile, the Bronco offense proved potent, racking up 37 first-half points.

?I think that was the most lackadaisical football we?ve played all year,? said coach Grant Thierolf. ?Obviously we didn?t have them prepared as coaches. But the kids need to prepare themselves.?

He continued, ?They know what to do. And I fully expect them to bounce back.?

Stalling Marion immediately on its first possession, Remington came out gunning. On the first play of the Bronco?s first possession, Caleb Cherryholmes found Ty Coats to move to the Warrior six-yard line. The 41-yard reception set up Luke Igo, who found daylight for a 2-yard score. Dakin Ledford blocked the Juan Garcia PAT kick giving Remington a 6-0 advantage 2:45 in to the contest.

After its second three-and-out possession, Marion almost forced a turnover on 3rd-and-16 from the Remington 29. Cole Lewman jumped in front of a Cherryholmes pass, but was unable to hang on. The defensive play forced a Remington punt.

Marion stalled again, and forced Remington into another fourth down, but this time Remington converted. With 6-yards to go on third down at the Marion 43, Ledford and Dillon Richmond stopped Igo 3-yards short of the first down.

Cherryholmes ran for 10-yards to allow the ensuing a 30-yard touchdown pass to Coats. The junior quarterback then converted the two-point run to extend the Bronco lead to 14-0 with 2:43 in the first quarter.

Converting its first, first down of the game on the ensuing drive, Marion moved the ball to the Remington 25. On 4th-and-1 from the Marion 43, the offensive line plowed the road to move the chains with a 6-yard gain. A Richmond fumble on third down was recovered by the Broncos with 10:00 to play in the first half ended the drive.

On fourth down at the 7:04 mark of the first half, Remington converted another fourth down to keep another scoring drive alive. Cherryholmes capitalized with a 1-yard touchdown and a 2-point pass to Matt Jacobs for a 22-0 lead with 5:48 in the half.

The Broncos made it 30-0 with 3:15 in the half, capitalizing on another Marion fumble recovered by Corbin Mitchell at the Marion 43. Cherryholmes found Jacobs for the quarterbacks? fourth touchdown and the receivers? second touchdown. Remington converted the following 2-point try.

Scoring one more time before half-time, Remington converted a field goal with :21 seconds in the half. The Broncos headed into the locker room after recovering another Marion fumble.

The second half saw scoring from both sides, but the game never was in doubt with Remington scoring the first touchdown to take 43-0 advantage.

Marion got the board with a 5-yard Richmond run and 2-point pass to Ledford with 9:34 in the third quarter.

The next Warrior touchdown was scored on a 47-yard bobbling reception by Jordan Versch, who made the spectacular grab despite drawing a pass-interference flag. The senior wide receiver attempted to grab the ball while being blanketed by the Remington defensive back, moved into open field with the ball in the air, reached behind him to snatch the pigskin and bolted for the end zone.

Caleb Williams ran in the two-point PAT to shrink the Remington lead to 43-16

The final scores of the contest were by Cole Lewman on a 1-yard quarterback keeper and Randy Regnier 2-point run.

Remington (4-2, 1-0, 5-2) clinched third in the Heart of America League and leads District 9 play with a 1-0 record and 13 points. Hillsboro (1-0, 4-3) is second with a 39-27 win at Southeast of Saline.

Marion (3-3, 0-1, 4-3) will host Southeast of Saline (0-1, 3-4) Friday

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