An understaffed Herington squad was no match for the Marion football team Friday night, as the Warriors rolled to a lopsided, 50-6 victory.
Marion came out firing on all cylinders, forcing and recovering a Railer fumble three plays into the game. Aaron Riggs covered 43 yards in two plays, and after a pass completion from Jack Schneider to Peyton Heidebrecht, Schneider rushed in for the 1-yard score, giving Marion an early, 6-0 lead just 2 minutes into the game.
Herington, however, struck back with a fourth-down pass completion for a 55-yard score to tie the game.
Schneider scored twice more for Marion before the end of the first quarter, first by outrunning the defense for a 55-yard score on first down, and later, on a 2-yard run to cap an eight-play, 48-yard drive. By the end of the first quarter, Marion led, 20-6.
The second quarter was characterized by turnovers for both teams. Marion coughed the ball up with a fumble and an interception on its first two possessions. However, Herington returned the favor when Bryce Shults intercepted a Railer pass. That set up a 56-yard score by Aaron Riggs on the next play.
Marion?s next drive ended in an interception, but Tyler Palic snagged a Railer pass two plays in to put the Warrior offense back on the field.
Four plays later, Marion was in the end zone again, this time on a 36-yard touchdown pass from Schneider to Mason Pedersen, bringing the halftime score to 34-6.
The Warriors added a pair of third-quarter scores to conclude scoring for the game. Marion capped a five-play, 56-yard drive to start the half with a 46-yard touchdown pass from Schneider to Pedersen. The Warriors? next drive ended with a fumble, but after a Herington three and out, Riggs found the end zone on first down for a 25-yard score. By that point, Marion led, 50-6, with 1:53 left in the third quarter.
Zachary Stuchlik intercepted a Herington pass late in the quarter, and coach Grant Thierolf began sending in substitutions. A running clock was put into effect at the start of the scoreless fourth quarter.
Marion rolled up 425 yards of offense, including 270 rushing, led by Riggs with 14 carries for 160 yards and two touchdowns. Through the air, Schneider was 7-for-12 for 155 yards and two touchdowns.
The Warriors limited Herington to 162 yards, including 103 passing and 59 rushing.
Coming?Marion (2-1, 6-2) will host a big matchup with district-leading Mission Valley (3-0, 7-1) Friday. Mission Valley comes into the game after defeating Northern Heights (2-1, 5-3), 28-22.
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