Marion rolls past Inman, 46-21, on stormy Friday night

Jack SchneiderThe Marion football team improved to 2-0 on the season with a 46-21 victory over Inman on a stormy Friday night.

As thunderstorms moved through the area, the opening kick-off was postponed around 45 minutes, and the game was delayed again during the third quarter because of lightning.

Despite the weather, Marion secured a convincing win.

The Warriors scored on their opening possession, needing seven plays to score. Jack Schneider capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. Marion’s 8-0 lead held through the end of the first quarter.

Schneider scored his second touchdown four plays into the second quarter on a 13-yard run, giving Marion a 16-0 lead.

Inman countered with an eight-play, 65-yard scoring drive to cut Marion’s lead in half, 16-8.

The Warriors orchestrated one more scoring drive before intermission. Four plays into the drive, Aaron Riggs broke free for a 37-yard scamper. The next three plays netted 0 yards, but Schneider connected with Mason Pedersen for a 40-yard touchdown pass that put Marion in front, 22-8, with 25 seconds left in the half. That score held through intermission.

An interception fueled Marion’s next score, as Inman’s first drive of the half was cut short when Pedersen tipped a pass, which was caught by Bryce Shults. Two plays later, Schneider sprinted for a 74-yard touchdown that increased Marion’s lead to 30-8. At that point, lightning was spotted, pausing play for an hour. The game resumed around 10:30 p.m.

When play resumed, Inman marched down the field and scored to cut into Marion’s lead, 30-15.

The Warriors answered by scoring twice more in the fourth quarter—on a 2-yard run by Corbin Wheeler and a 13-yard run by Riggs to cap a possession set up by a Garrett Hoffner interception. Zachary Stuchlik also recorded a late-game interception.

Faced against Marion subs, Inman scored one final time on a 68-yard run with no time left on the clock, but it was merely a formality. That brought it to the final, 25-point spread.

Marion rolled up 460 yards of offense, compared to 240 for Inman.

The Warriors rushed for 420 yards, led by Schneider with 17 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Riggs had 21 carries for 181 yards and one score.

Through the air, Schneider was 1-for-5 for 40 yards and a touchdown.

Coming—Marion will travel to Sedgwick Friday for a 7 p.m. game.

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