It was almost over before it started. Displaying a level of intensity
not seen at any point during an ugly loss against Hoisington last week,
the Marion High School football team took command from the literal
outset Friday night at Ellinwood. After scoring on an interception
return by Colten Johnson on the first play from scrimmage, Marion
recovered an onside kick, but was forced to punt. Two plays later,
Johnson made his second interception of the night. Two plays after
that, Johnson scored on a 7-yard touchdown run, just 3:08 into the
Johnson had a superb touchdown run wiped out by a holding call, but
later scored on a 31-yard catch-and-run completion from Matt Sprowls.
In between, Sheldon Boone broke a 57-yard run that set up a 5-yard
plunge for a 21-0 lead heading into halftime. Johnson's touchdown catch
came at the 3:05 mark of the third quarter, and Sprowls hit Mitch Cady
for his second touchdown pass of the night. Cady's reception went for
36 yards with 1:18 left in the third. The fourth quarter would have
started with a running clock if not for a misfire o n the point-after
Eric Vogel, who recorded several sacks from his defensive end position,
set up the last score of the game when he picked off a poorly-executed
screen pass at the Ellinwood 23. Moments later, Les Riggs sparked the
running clock with a short run good for a 41-0 lead.
Marion hosts Herington next week.