Updated: Marion defeats Horton, 53-12

Weather-related delays did not keep Marion from cruising to a 53-12 victory at Horton Friday night.

After lightning delayed the start of the game for nearly an hour, the Warriors jumped to an early lead when quarterback Taylor Heidebrecht rushed for a 55-yard score on the fourth play of the game. Grif Case added the extra-point kick, and Marion led, 7-0, with 10:49 left in the opening quarter.

Horton answered, however, with a 23-yard touchdown pass, but the 2-point conversion failed, bringing the Chargers within 7-6 at the 6:48 mark.

Lightning was again spotted, putting a second delay into effect.

When play resumed, Marion scored with lightning-quick speed when Heidebrecht rushed for a 65-yard score on first down. Case?s kick made it 14-6 with 6:29 left in the opening quarter.

Trevor Kruse cut the ensuing Horton drive short by intercepting a third-down pass, and Caleb Williams found the end zone on first down for a 6-yard score. Case?s kick extended Marion?s lead to 21-6 with 5:22 left in the first quarter.

Horton scored its final touchdown of the night after intercepting a Heidebrecht pitch and running it back for a 54-yard score with 2:07 left in the first quarter. The 2-point conversion failed, for a 21-12 Marion lead.

Marion scored twice more before halftime. Heidebrecht capped a six-play, 60-yard drive with an 11-yard touchdown run early in the second quarter, and Adam Janzen cashed in on a 10-yard touchdown run with 3:00 left before the half for a 34-12 halftime lead.

The Warriors did not relent after halftime, scoring on all three of their possessions in the third quarter. Janzen rushed for two scores from 2- and 3-yards out, and Williams capitalized on a 10-yard run near the end of the quarter for a 53-12 score after Case?s kick.

With a running clock in place, it was a scoreless fourth quarter, and Marion came away with the win.