The Marion football team suffered its first Heart of America and 2010 loss Friday, falling 35-16 to visiting Sedg?wick.
Sedgwick blanked Marion in the second half while scoring 21 straight points to overcome Marion?s 16-14 halftime lead.
After Marion was unable to get anything going on its opening drive of the third quarter, Sedgwick struck quickly. Running back Dylan Todd ran for 27 of his game-high 244 yards, moving the Cardinals to the Marion 19. The next play, quarterback Trent Stucky ran to the Warrior 5.
Todd then plunged across the goal line as Sedgwick took its first lead of the night. The kick was good, giving the Cardinals a 21-16 lead at the 6:42 mark.
Sedgwick scored again early in the fourth quarter, this time on Todd?s 51-yard touchdown scamper with 11:34 to play. The kick extended the Cardinal lead to 28-16.
The game?s final score came courtesy of a Marion turnover near midfield. Sedgwick recovered a fumble and capped the ensuing drive with a 5-yard touchdown pass from Stucky to Elliott Money with 8:06 left. The kick gave Sedgwick its final 35-16 margin.
Sedgwick?s spread-style, no-huddle offense was more up-tempo than Marion had seen this season. The Warriors became fatigued in the second half.
?It?s what they do,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?For us right now it doesn?t fit very well because so many kids are having to play both ways and never come off the field in special-teams situations. We just didn?t handle it as well as we could have.?
Continuing a pattern from the previous three games, Marion gave up a big run early.
Todd broke free in Cardinal territory carrying the ball to the Warrior 35-yard line. Sedg?wick moved into the red zone and threatened on fourth-and-goal from the 2. But a wave of Warrior defenders snuffed out the run, forcing the turnover on downs with 7:58 in the first quarter.
Marion capitalized, moving 95 yards in 4:23. Les Riggs capped the drive with a 38-yard touchdown run with 3:38 left in the first quarter. The drive started with a pass-interference call against Sedgwick.
Marion converted on the 2-point run by Mikael Antoszyk to take an 8-0 lead.
The Cardinals answered with an eight-yard Stucky pass to Daniel Vogt. The kick shrunk the Warrior lead to 8-7.
With 11:21 to play in the second quarter, Marion scored on a three-yard run by Riggs. Rich?mond made it 16-7 with a 2-point conversion run.
Sedgwick countered with a 38-yard touchdown run by Todd. The kick made it 16-14 with 10:33 left in the half.
Marion missed a scoring opportunity near the end of the half.
With 42.2 seconds left in the half and the Warriors threatening, Richmond?s pass was intercepted by Vogt.
Led by Todd, Sedgwick ran for 425 yards. Stucky added 169 yards on 21 carries. For Marion, Riggs ran 23 times for 113 yards.
Coming?Marion (4-1, 3-1) will face Hutchinson Trinity (5-0, 4-0) Friday. The Celtics defeated previously unbeaten Remington 43-12 last week. Marion will start district play Oct. 15 at Remington.
Trinity is ranked No. 2 in Class 3A, according to the Catch It Kansas.com Week 4 poll. No. 1 is Conway Springs.
Marion, Hutchinson Trinity, Remington and Sedgwick are all 4-1 in the HOA.