Marion rolls past Bulldogs, 50-12

Adam Janzen carries the ball during first-quarter action Friday against Chase County. Janzen led Marion?s rushing attack with 19 carries for 253 yards and four touchdowns in the Warriors? 50-12 victory in their first district game of the season. Janae Rempel / Free PressThe Marion offense pummeled visiting Chase County Friday night as the Warrior football team rolled to a 50-12 victory in its first game of district play.

The Bulldogs struggled to contain Marion?s offense, as the Warriors rolled up 486 total yards, including 453 on the ground. Adam Janzen was a seemingly unstoppable force, leading Marion?s rushing attack and tallying 253 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries.

?Adam Janzen ran, obviously, very well,? coach Grant Thierolf said. ?The offensive line pretty well dominated the game. From a defensive standpoint, they did a great job, too. Our linemen were geared up and ready to go tonight.?

Through the air, the Warriors managed 33 yards passing, led by backup quarterback Jacob Baldwin, who replaced Jack Schneider under center during the second quarter after Schneider left the game with an apparent injury.

Baldwin completed two of three attempts for 28 yards and one touchdown, and Thierolf praised the efforts of his backup signal caller.

?It?s such a comfort when you have a senior as the backup and a guy who can really come in and run the offense very well,? he said, adding that the offense changed slightly with the loss of a tight end.

?Jacob does a nice job of running the offense and just keeping everything going.?

Marion forced the Bulldogs to punt on the game?s opening drive, but fumbled the ball right back to Chase County on first down.

The Warrior defense forced a Bulldog three-and-out, then Marion got on the board when Janzen ran 31 yards for a touchdown on first down. Schneider?s two-point conversion run gave Marion an 8-0 lead with 8:53 left in the opening period. The drive was the first of four consecutive Marion scoring drives.

The Warriors struck again at the 2:28 mark, as Schneider broke tackles and scampered for a 42-yard score. Janzen?s run made it 16-0, a margin that held to the end of the first quarter.

Chase County found some success on its next drive. Aided by a 31-yard run by quarterback Brendan Watts at the end of the first quarter, the Bulldogs were in the end zone three plays later when Watts ran in from 6 yards out. The two-point conversion failed, making the margin 16-6.

Schneider left the game during Marion?s next drive and did not return. His return status is unknown.

With Baldwin under center, Marion marched 69 yards in five plays and scored on a 26-yard touchdown pass from Baldwin to Mason Pedersen in the end zone. Baldwin?s two-point conversion run made it 24-6 with 8:27 left in the half.

Aided by Janzen?s strong running, Marion covered 63 yards in 10 plays, and Janzen scored from 4 yards out. Janzen?s two-point conversion increased Marion?s lead to 32-6 at the 1:08 mark.

Brad Stone grabbed an interception late in the half, and Marion?s 26-point margin held to halftime.

On the first play of the second half, Janzen broke free for a 65-yard score. He was in the end zone again four minutes later after a 26-yard run three plays into Marion?s drive. Both two-point conversion attempts failed, giving the Warriors a 44-6 advantage with 7:38 left in the third quarter.

Both teams added a final score in the fourth quarter. Marion struck first when Seth Snelling ran 19 yards around the left side for a touchdown to increase the margin to 50-6.

Chase County responded with a five-play, 64-yard drive capped by a 43-yard touchdown run by Alec Keller for the final, 50-12 margin.

Chase County managed 240 yards of total offense, including 185 yards rushing and 55 yards passing.

Thierolf said he was pleased with his team?s performance and glad to be 1-0 in district play.

?I was pleased with our kids,? he said. ?I thought we came out and played pretty focused for the most part and did a nice job.?

Coming?Marion (3-2) will travel to Northern Heights (2-3) Friday for its second district game. Northern Heights enters the game after defeating Yates Center 34-8. Kickoff is at 7 p.m.

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