As thunderstorms moved through the area, the opening kick-off was postponed around 45 minutes, and the game was delayed again during the third quarter because of lightning.
“Going into tonight, everybody was aware that the potential for bad weather was around,” coach Grant Thierolf said. “We didn’t really talk to the kids much about it, but we were prepared to stay as long as we needed to get the game in, and I thought our kids came out focused right off the bat.”
The Warriors scored on their opening possession, needing seven plays to score. Jack Schneider capped the drive with a 15-yard touchdown run. Marion’s 8-0 lead held through the end of the first quarter.
Schneider scored his second touchdown four plays into the second quarter on a 13-yard run, giving Marion a 16-0 lead.
Inman countered with an eight-play, 65-yard scoring drive to cut Marion’s lead in half, 16-8.
The Warriors orchestrated one more scoring drive before intermission. Four plays into the drive, Aaron Riggs broke free for a 37-yard scamper. The next three plays netted 0 yards, but Schneider connected with Mason Pedersen for a 40-yard touchdown pass that put Marion in front, 22-8, with 25 seconds left in the half. That score held through intermission.
An interception fueled Marion’s next score, as Pedersen tipped a pass and Bryce Shults came down with it to halt Inman’s progress on its first drive of the second half. Two plays later, Schneider sprinted for a 74-yard touchdown that increased Marion’s lead to 30-8.
At that point, lightning was spotted, pausing play for an hour. The game resumed around 10:30 p.m.
Marion lost intensity after the delay, Thierolf said, as Inman marched down the field and scored to cut into the Warriors’ lead, 30-15.
The Warriors answered by scoring twice more in the fourth quarter—on a 2-yard run by Corbin Wheeler and a 13-yard run by Riggs to cap a possession set up by a Garrett Hoffner interception. Zachary Stuchlik also recorded a late-game interception.
Faced against Marion subs, Inman scored one final time on a 68-yard run with no time left on the clock, but it was merely a formality. That brought it to the final, 25-point spread.
“It was a good game,” Thierolf said. “We did some nice things, but we’ve still got to be more consistent in making sure that we get everything done.”
Marion rolled up 460 yards of offense, compared to 240 for Inman.
The Warriors rushed for 420 yards, led by Schneider with 17 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns. Riggs had 21 carries for 181 yards and one score.
Through the air, Schneider was 1-for-5 for 40 yards and a touchdown.
Defensively, three Warriors led the team with 10 tackles each: Peyton Heidebrecht, Wheeler and Tyler Palic.
Coming—Marion will travel to Sedgwick (2-0) Friday for a 7 p.m. game. The Cardinals secured a 35-34 victory over new league opponent Sterling Friday.