Marion defeats Remington, 28-16, on homecoming night

Jacob Baldwin stretches to grab a 30-yard pass from Jack Schneider in the first quarter Friday. The pass completion set up a 3-yard Adam Janzen score on the next play to give Marion a 14-0 lead. The Warriors defeated Remington, 28-16, on homecoming night.It was a tale of two halves Friday at Warrior Field, as Marion claimed a 28-16 victory over visiting Remington on homecoming night.

In the first half, Marion scored on every possession but one to build a comfortable, 28-0, lead by halftime. But in the second half, all of Marion?s drives ended in turnovers, with the exception of the final possession.

Yet, with a strong defensive effort, the Warriors maintained the lead throughout and held on for the 12-point win.

Marion wasted little time in putting points on the board on their first possession of the game. On second down, quarterback Jack Schneider found running room around the right side, beating the defense with a burst of speed for an 83-yard touchdown run. Seth Snelling added the two-point conversion for an 8-0 Warrior lead with 8:39 remaining in the opening period.

The Warriors? next drive lasted nearly five minutes, covering 84 yards in nine plays. A 30-yard strike from Schneider to Jacob Baldwin on fourth down gave Marion a fresh set of downs at the Remington 3-yard line, and Adam Janzen was in the end zone on the next play. The two-point conversion failed, putting Marion in front, 14-0, with less than a minute remaining in the first quarter.

On the first play of the second quarter, Janzen intercepted Bronco quarterback Blake Thunberg and ran the ball to the Remington 3-yard line. Janzen crossed the goal line on the next play. The two-point conversion pass failed, but Marion held a 20-0 lead with 11:48 to go before halftime.

An interception cut the next Warrior drive short, but Marion was able to add one final score late in the first half. Three plays into Marion?s drive, the Warriors caught a break when a roughing the passer penalty negated a Bronco interception. Five plays after that, Janzen ran up the middle for a 5-yard score. Mason Pedersen made a diving catch in the end zone to complete the two-point conversion pass from Schneider, giving Marion a 28-0 lead that held to intermission.

Things went downhill for the Warriors from the start in the second half, as Marion coughed up the ball seven plays into the first drive of the third quarter. That proved to be the first of six second-half turnovers for Marion, including five fumbles and an interception, all on consecutive drives.

Still, Marion kept the Broncos out of the end zone the duration of the third quarter. With 6:14 left in the game, Remington broke its scoring drought with a 5-yard touchdown run by Wyatt Lear. Thunberg?s two-point conversion pass to Chance Bowen made it 28-8.

The Broncos? final score of the night came late in the game when Remington defensive lineman Logan Scott recovered a loose ball and ran 71 yards for a score. Thunberg added the two-point conversion for the final, 28-16, margin. With three final snaps, Marion was able to run out the clock and preserve the win.

Marion gained 275 yards on the ground, led by Schneider with 11 carries for 147 yards and a touchdown. Janzen also surpassed the century-mark with 21 carries for 121 yards and three scores. Through the air, Schneider was 5-for-9 for 70 yards. Remington tallied 111 rushing yards and 14 passing yards.

Coming?Marion will travel to Ell-Saline Friday. Kickoff is 7 p.m. The Cardinals come into the game after a 44-12 loss to Sedgwick.

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