Marion rolls past Northern Heights

The Marion football team rolled to a 46-6 victory at injury-laden Northern Heights Friday in the second district game of the season.

Quarterback Jacob Baldwin once again led the offense in place of injured starter Jack Schneider. Coach Grant Thierolf said he was pleased with Baldwin?s performance, which included 15 carries for 158 yards. Baldwin also completed 2-of-3 passes, both for touchdowns, for 63 yards.

?I thought Jacob Baldwin once again jumped in and did a great job running the offense,? Thierolf said. ?He had a career high in rushing at 158 yards. We threw just enough. When they started creeping up and putting 11 guys up on the line, Jacob was able to hit a couple of touchdown passes.

?We?re very fortunate. It?s nice to have a senior back there that?s poised.?

Joining Baldwin in surpassing the century-mark in the ground game was Marion?s leading rusher, Adam Janzen, who rolled up 208 yards and four touchdowns on 24 carries.

Thierolf credited the offensive line for Marion?s success on the ground, which totaled 423 yards.

?Adam had another good night, but that?s all a result of great blocking by the offensive line and some nice blocking downfield by Brad Stone, too,? he said. ?He did a nice job of getting down and making sure that he was where he needed to be as far as blocking goes.?

Marion scored on its opening drive, striking first on a 46-yard touchdown run by Janzen with 10:38 left in the opening quarter. Baldwin added the two-point conversion for an early 8-0 Warrior lead.

But Northern Heights answered a little over a minute later with a 55-yard touchdown run. The two-point conversion attempt failed, leaving Marion in front by two. It was all Marion from there, however.

?After that, the game pretty well settled down and our kids did what we thought they should do,? Thierolf said. ?We won the battle on the line of scrimmage, and the running backs ran hard. It was just a good game because we were able to get a lot of kids playing time. We were able to get everybody on the roster in the game.

?We had some good performances by our offensive line, and when they perform well, then our backs and quarterback perform well, too.?

Janzen found the end zone again at the 4:05 mark, cashing in on a 1-yard touchdown run and adding the two-point conversion to give Marion a 16-6 lead.

The Warriors added two points on a safety with 1:11 remaining in the first quarter, for an 18-6 Marion advantage that held to the end of the opening quarter.

Marion continued to add to its lead in the second quarter, scoring twice more before the break. The Warriors scored on a 14-yard touchdown pass from Baldwin to Corbin Wheeler. Baldwin added the two-point conversion.

Marion scored again on a 5-yard scamper by Janzen with 52 seconds left before the half. After a long kickoff return by Northern Heights, Stone shut down the scoring threat by grabbing an interception, securing a 32-6 cushion for Marion at halftime.

The Warriors pounded in two more scores in the third quarter. Baldwin threw a 49-yard pass to Stone for a touchdown, and Janzen concluded scoring for the Warriors with a 65-yard touchdown run with 1:12 left in the third quarter. Baldwin?s two-point conversion put the Warriors at their final, 46-6 margin.

Marion rolled up 486 yards of total offense and never punted in the game.

?I thought our kids came out ready to play and played well,? Thierolf said.

Coming?Marion is now 2-0 in district play (4-2 overall) and will take a break from district play this week when they travel to Meade (6-0) Friday for a non-district matchup. Kickoff is set for 6 p.m.

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