Jaxton Tracy carries the ball during the first half with Inman Monday. Marion lost the game, 26-0.
by Janae Rempel
After weather postponed Marion’s homecoming football game Friday night, the Warriors suffered a 26-0 loss to Inman Monday.
“We weren’t ready to play and they were,” coach Shaun Craft said. “It’s all it came down to—execution (and) being mentally ready.”
In front of a full Warrior Stadium Friday, Marion’s festivities had been delayed when lightning was detected during the Warriors’ game-opening possession. Play was suspended with 9:15 left in the first quarter.
The game resumed Monday, in a contest in which the Warriors struggled to stop Inman’s run game.
The Teutons recorded 298 yards of offense, including 261 rushing yards, led by Kolby Blank, who carried the ball 12 times for 181 yards and two touchdowns.
“We weren’t doing things we’ve been coached to do,” Craft said. “The things we did last week to be successful, we weren’t doing tonight.”
After a Marion punt to start the game, Inman struck on its first possession when Blank broke free along the left sideline for a 69-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed, but at the 7:05 mark, Inman enjoyed a 6-0 lead, which held through the end of the first quarter.
With 8:09 left in the half, Carter Brown rushed for an 11-yard touchdown to add to Inman’s lead. The Teutons maintained their 12-0 advantage through halftime.
Blank found the open field during Inman’s first possession of the second half, rushing for a 49-yard touchdown. With 9:35 left in the period, Inman extended its lead, 19-0.
Marion fumbled the ball away on its next possession, and the third quarter ended with Inman in front, 19-0, and threatening to score.
The Teutons’ scored their final touchdown—an 11-yard touchdown pass from Jace Doerksen to Derick Johnson—with 8:29 left in the game, bringing it to the final spread.
Twice after that, Marion drove to the red zone but was unable to capitalize.
The Warriors recorded 210 yards of offense, including 149 rushing yards. Braedon Mercer carried the ball 18 times for 76 yards. Through the air, Will Alleven was 9-for-15 for 61 yards. Todd Palic led the defense with four solo tackles.
“We’ve got to shake it off quick and get refocused and ready to go tomorrow,” Craft said.
Coming—Marion will travel to Sedgwick Friday.