Pitted against an undefeated Olpe squad that, in its first six games of the season outscored its opponents, 219-38, the Marion football team lost a Class 1A, District 2 game on the road Friday, 54-0.
“They have good athletes, but also they don’t make mistakes,” coach Shaun Craft said of Olpe. “They do their job and are where they are supposed to be every play. Just a very disciplined team.”
The Eagles averaged 11.7 yards per carry, rushing for 410 yards on the night en route to a 439-yard offensive effort. Blaine Hinrichs paved the way for Olpe, rushing for 143 yards and four touchdowns on five carries.
Olpe led 28-0 after one quarter, and 42-0 at halftime. The Eagles scored their final 12 points in the third quarter.
Marion, meanwhile, recorded 115 yards of total offense, all but 10 of which came on the ground.
Jaxton Tracy led the rushing effort with five carries for 24 yards. Through the air, Chase Stringer was 5-for-11 for 10 yards. Todd Palic led the defense with five solo tackles. Marion converted five first downs and suffered two lost fumbles in the loss.
Coming—Marion (1-6), who falls to 0-2 in district play, will travel to Leon-Bluestem Friday, who is also 0-2 in the district, 1-6 overall. Leon-Bluestem lost to Olpe, 67-6, on Oct. 5, and to Hillsboro, 66-22, on Oct. 12.