MHS Warriors blank Inman, 35-0

 Kyle Palic (55)?and Seth Snelling (7)?tackle Inman?s Treyton DeVore (4)?during the first-quarter. Marion?s defense held Inman to 37 total yards and only two first downs en route to a 35-0 homecoming victory.
Kyle Palic (55)?and Seth Snelling (7)?tackle Inman?s Treyton DeVore (4)?during the first-quarter. Marion?s defense held Inman to 37 total yards and only two first downs en route to a 35-0 homecoming victory.
Performed before a homecoming crowd, Marion?s matchup with undefeated Inman could hardly have been better scripted.

The Warriors dominated the field in a 35-0 shutout, compiling 315 yards of total offense while limiting the visiting Teutons to 37 yards, all on the ground.

Marion allowed only two Inman first downs, both of which came on the Teutons? opening drive.

After that, it was all Marion.

?I thought this was our best team effort by far, once again against a good football team that?s very well-coached,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?I was just really pleased that our kids came out focused and physical on a homecoming week.?

The Warriors enjoyed a shortened field at the Inman 26-yard line after the Teu?tons failed to execute their first punt of the night. Five plays later, Marion scored on a 14-yard run up the middle by quarterback Taylor Heide?brecht. Grif Case?s kick made it 7-0 with 2:00 left in the quarter.

Heidebrecht again found the end zone for Marion, this time on a 4-yard run with 3:59 left in the half for a 14-0 lead after Case?s kick.

The Warriors took that lead into intermission.

Inman got the ball to start the second half but went three-and-out. John Nord?quist then blocked the Teuton punt and recovered it in the end zone to increase the lead to 21-0 after Case?s kick

?That?s a big play by John,? Thierolf said. ?He?s a kid who goes hard every play, all the time, and we just love coaching him.?

On the first play of Marion?s next drive, Heide?brecht ran 43 yards for a score. Case?s kick failed, but the Warriors enjoyed a 27-point advantage.

The Warriors orchestrated one final scoring drive, capitalizing when Adam Janzen ran for an 18-yard score. The drive covered 85 yards and took 7:42 off the clock. Case?s 2-point conversion run made it 35-0 with 6:44 to play.

?Adam Janzen is getting better all the time,? Thierolf said. ?He?s a tough, hard-nosed kid, and as he gets a chance to read his offensive line and the offensive line gets better, he?s going to be a bigger part of our offense.?

After another three-and-out by Inman, Marion ran out the final 4:34 for the shutout victory.

?You get into a rhythm and everything just comes naturally,? Thierolf said. ?We had a pretty good week of practice.

?We kind of knew what to expect out of (Inman). It?s a team that?s very similar to us as far as their offense, and I thought our offensive and defensive lines just dominated tonight.

?(Inman) dominated us last year, and our kids understood that if we?re going to step forward, we need to win games against good opponents.?

Coming?With the win, Marion improved to 3-1 on the season. The Warriors will travel to Horton (3-1) Friday for a non-league contest starting at 7 p.m.