The Marion football team defeated Remington on the road Friday, 42-27.
The Warriors were nearly unstoppable on the ground, rolling up 432 rushing yards, bolstered by the triple threat of Corbin Wheeler, Aaron Riggs and Jack Schneider in the backfield. Each surpassed 100 yards on the night.
Marion was quick to assert control of the game, forcing a Remington three-and-out on the opening possession, then piecing together the first of six scoring drives.
The Warriors took advantage of a short field, and Riggs got the nod on four of five plays from scrimmage. Riggs punched in a 5-yard score with 8:39 left in the opening quarter for an early 6-0 lead.
Marion added a second score in the final minute of the first quarter. On the second play from scrimmage, Wheeler broke loose for a 59-yard touchdown, giving Marion a 12-0 lead, which held through the end of the first period.
Wheeler found the end zone again after a 58-yard touchdown run on Marion?s next drive. Riggs? two-point conversion made it 20-0 at the 9:01 mark.
Remington scored with 26 seconds left in the half thanks to a 73-yard touchdown run up the middle by Daulton Tawater, narrowing the gap to 20-7 at halftime.
The teams traded punts before the Warriors scored again. Schneider and Wheeler combined for 86 yards during the drive to keep the chains moving. The drive culminated in a 20-yard touchdown run by Schneider. Riggs? two-point conversion increased the margin to 28-7 at 5:19.
Riggs scored his second touchdown of the night on a 37-yard touchdown run four plays into Marion?s next possession, making it 34-7.
Remington was quick to counter. Tawater found an opening up the middle and ran for a 61-yard score on the first play of the drive. The PAT attempt failed, making it 34-13, which held through the end of the third quarter.
The quarter ended with Marion on the move. A 26-yard gain by Riggs set up a Peyton Heidebrecht 2-yard score just seconds into the final period. Heidebrecht?s two-point conversion increased Marion?s lead to 42-13 with 11:56 left to play.
Coach Grant Thierolf began sending in substitutions after that, and Remington tacked on two late touchdowns, scoring on a 5-yard run and a 66-yard pass to bring the final score to 42-27.
Marion had 446 yards of total offense. Wheeler led Marion?s ground game, carrying the ball seven times for 164 yards and two scores. Riggs had 18 carries for 140 yards and two scores, and Schneider had 12 carries for 117 yards and one touchdown. Through the air, Schneider was 1-for-8 for 14 yards.
Remington tallied 424 yards of total offense, including 265 rushing and 159 passing. Tawater was the Broncos? leading rusher with 20 carries for 193 yards.
Coming?Marion (3-0) will host Ell-Saline Friday on homecoming night. Ell-Saline comes into the game after a 31-0 loss to Sedgwick.
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