Warriors claim first win over Trinity

Adam Janzen (44) takes the handoff from quarterback Taylor Heidebrecht (6) as Caleb Williams (10) prepares to block during third-quarter action against Hutchinson Trinity Friday night. Janzen carried the ball 28 times for 134 yards and two touchdowns in Marion?s 19-10 victory. The Marion football team used a big second half to earn a 19-10 victory over Hutchinson Trinity Friday night.

Trailing 10-7 at halftime, Marion shut out the Celtics in the second half and scored two fourth-quarter touchdowns to seal the win.

?I thought Trinity Catholic played a great ball game,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?They came out enthused. They came out doing some things a little bit differently than they?d done all year long, and they, physically, took it to us the first half.

?Fortunately our kids realized it?s a two-half game, and the second half, they came out and played much better.?

After both teams were forced to punt on their opening drives, Trinity sliced through the Warrior defense and found the end zone on a 2-yard touchdown run that capped a 13-play, 93 yard drive that took 6:39 off the clock.

After the kick, Trinity took a 7-0 lead into the second quarter.

Marion answered when three rushes by Adam Janzen set up a 51-yard touchdown pass from Taylor Heidebrecht to James Jones on the fourth play of the drive. Grif Case?s kick tied it, 7-7, with 6:56 left in the half.

Trinity marched 65 yards on its next drive and took more than six minutes off the clock, but Marion limited the Celtics to a field goal attempt when a quarterback sack by Caleb Williams and John Nordquist set up fourth-and-goal from the 12-yard line.

Trinity?s field goal sailed through the uprights to give the Celtics a 10-7 halftime advantage.

Dylan Pippin recovered an onside kick attempt to open the third quarter, but the Warriors were stopped short on fourth-and-2 at the Trinity 11-yard line to force a turnover on downs.

But Trinity went three-and-out, and Marion claimed the lead when Janzen rushed for a 1-yard score on the first play of the fourth quarter to cap a 10-play, 57-yard drive. Case?s kick failed for a 13-10 Marion lead.

Jones ended Trinity?s ensuing drive by intercepting a first-down pass, but Marion couldn?t capitalize and went three-and-out.

Williams? punt pinned the Celtics at their own 2-yard line, and the Marion defense forced a punt on fourth-and-7.

?Caleb Williams did a great job punting all night,? Thierolf said. ?(Trinity) had to go a long way every time they got the ball.?

With 6:28 left to play, Marion pieced together the final scoring drive of the night.

?We had some great key runs,? Thierolf said. ?Taylor Heidebrecht breaks off a 14-yard run on third-and-6, keeping the drive alive, and then Caleb Williams makes a couple of nice runs.?

Facing fourth-and-4 at the Celtic 15, Williams pounded out a 10-yard run to bring up first-and-goal. Janzen found the end zone four plays later on a 2-yard touchdown run. Williams? 2-point conversion attempt failed, but Marion held a 19-10 lead with 2:19 left in the game.

?It couldn?t have worked any better because we were able to use the clock at that point and go,? Thierolf said. ?(Heidebrecht and Williams) made some fantastic runs when we needed to make them, and more importantly, the offensive line did a great job of blocking at that point.?

In one final attempt to score, Trinity took to the air and advanced to the Marion 11-yard line, but Case intercepted a third-down pass, allowing Marion to take a knee and seal the nine-point victory.

With the win?the Warriors? first over Trinity?Marion improved to 4-1 in league play, 5-1 overall.

The Warriors begin district play Friday at Halstead (3-3), who lost to Kingman last week, 28-21. Game time is 7 p.m.

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