Marion trailed Sterling for all of 70 seconds Friday night, took a 7-6
lead on the way to a 14-6 halftime advantage and blew the Black Bears
off the field in the third quarter of a 41-6 rout. Matt Foster opened
the scoring with a long touchdown run, but Sterling missed the extra
point?and there was nothing else for the visitors to celebrate on the
night of Marion's homecoming. The Warriors? evened the score on a
41-yard touchdown run by Sheldon Boone and scored what proved to be the
decisive point on Brian Fruechting's subsequent kick. But turnovers,
poor execution did as much to hamper the Warriors as several bad
penalties. Among the penalties were an illegal block that wiped out
most of a long punt return and a hold that took a Marion touchdown off
the board with 2:35 left in the half. Boone?author of the long
return?eventually capped off the drive with a 17-yard run that gave the
Warriors a 14-6 lead at halftime.
In the third quarter, Boone scored on a 7-yard run and Drew Maddox
scored on runs of 27 and 36 yards. Matt Sprowls added a 70-yard run
early in the fourth quarter, and the Marion junior varsity killed off
the running clock without incident.
Marion hosts Hoisington next week.