Marion drops 30-6 contest to Hutch Trinity

Mason Pedersen hauls in an 18-yard pass from quarterback Jack Schneider during the third quarter Friday. Marion tallied 111 passing yards in its 30-6 loss to Hutch Trinity.
Mason Pedersen hauls in an 18-yard pass from quarterback Jack Schneider during the third quarter Friday. Marion tallied 111 passing yards in its 30-6 loss to Hutch Trinity.
Take away the second quarter in Marion?s battle with Hutchinson Trinity Friday night and you?d have a tie ball game.

As it was, however, the Celtics scored 24 unanswered points in the second period, which proved to be the difference in the Warriors? 30-6 loss.

Trinity scored on the game?s opening drive on a 54-yard touchdown scamper by David Thibault four plays in. The two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, but Trinity held the early advantage.

After both teams went three-and-out, Marion responded with a three-play scoring drive that culminated in a 34-yard touchdown pass from Jack Schneider to Brad Stone. Schneider?s two-point conversion pass fell incomplete, evening the score at 6 apiece.

Back on offense, the Celtics again moved the ball downfield and threatened to score, but Peyton Heidebrecht intercepted the Celtic pass in the end zone to stifle the threat.

The first quarter ended with a Marion punt and the score locked at 6-6.

That all changed 10 seconds into the second period. On first down, Trinity?s Elias Jasso-Cardenas found daylight around the left side for a 57-yard touchdown run. The extra-point kick made it 13-6.

With momentum shifting Trinity?s way, Marion went three-and-out. On Trinity?s first play of its next drive, Jasso-Cardenas again broke free and ran untouched for a 48-yard score. With the PAT, Trinity extended its lead to 20-6 with 9:24 remaining in the half.

With Trinity breaking tackles and racking up yardage on the ground, the Celtics added to their lead on their next possession, orchestrating a 10-play, 64-yard scoring drive capped by a 5-yard touchdown run by Jasso-Cardenas. With 2:07 left before halftime, Trinity led 27-6 after the extra-point kick.

Again, the Marion offense struggled to find its rhythm and, with less than a minute to play, punted the ball back to the Celtics. Trinity squeezed in one final score before the break, kicking a 31-yard field goal as time expired to boost its lead to the final 30-6 margin by halftime.

Despite the lack of scoring after intermission, the second half had its share of both highlights and lowlights.

Marion?s first drive of the half included a 23-yard pass from Schneider to Corbin Wheeler, but the drive stalled, putting the ball back in the hands of the Celtics. The Warrior defense got a stop, and Marion?s next drive included three pass completions from Schneider?one to Mason Pederson and two to Jacob Baldwin. But the Warriors were stopped on fourth-and-inches.

Trinity?s ensuing drive lasted into the fourth quarter. Once again, the Warriors made a defensive stand. But just as Marion was finding some offensive rhythm, the Warriors fumbled the ball away. The Warrior defense forced a three-and-out, but Marion turned the ball over on the ensuing punt. Marion had one final possession after that, but after a turnover on downs, the Celtics were able to run out the clock.

Trinity gained all 414 yards of offense on the ground, led by Jasso-Cardenas with 250 yards. Marion, meanwhile, recorded 134 yards of total offense. Schneider was 7-for-10 for 111 yards and one touchdown. The Warriors managed 23 rushing yards, led by Seth Snelling with seven carries for 20 yards.

Coming?Marion will host Remington on homecoming night Friday at 7 p.m. Remington comes into the game after a 40-0 loss to Sedgwick.

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