Prep Football: Huge Quarter Propels Marion to Opening Win

By Ryan Pleggenkuhle, Reporter

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MARION – Marion (1-0) displayed depth, versatility and explosiveness on its way to a 70-7 rout of Mount Pleasant (0-1) at Mount Pleasant Friday night.

Setting an early tone for Marion were seniors Trev Biery and Tyler Gunderson. The two accounted for the first four touchdowns of the season for the Indians and six total touchdowns for the game.

Biery and Gunderson are two of 26 seniors on Marion’s roster this season.

“We came into the season knowing we had 26 seniors mixed with a talented junior class,” said Marion coach Tony Perkins. “The players have meshed better than I ever thought they would. They bought into the family and work ethic.”

Biery started Marion’s scoring by capping off a 72-yard opening drive with a five-yard touchdown run to give the Indians an early 7-0 lead.

Following Biery’s first score, Mount Pleasant quarterback Connor Shull connected with Dalton Conrad for a 63-yard touchdown strike to tie the game up a 7-7. That would be the only highlight for Panthers, however, as Marion took the game over from there.

Gunderson closed Marion’s next possession with a 23-yard touchdown run to put the Indians back on top, 13-7. Biery then picked off a Mount Pleasant pass and scrambled to the end zone from 35 yards out to give Marion a 21-7 lead.

After a stop on defense, Gunderson struck again, this time on special teams with a 75-yard punt return. Biery and Gunderson’s hot start gave Marion a 29-7 with 10:33 left in the second quarter.

Marion quarterback Trevor Hardman then showed off the Indians’ aerial attack with a 44-yard touchdown pass to 6-foot-6 receiver Andrew Davis.

The Indians continued to pour it on in the second quarter, scoring with another Biery touchdown. Colton Mowry then concluded the second quarter scoring for Marion by punching in two more touchdowns. In all, Marion scored 44 points in the quarter.

The Indians took a 57-7 lead into half and added two touchdowns, one from Gunderson, and one from Austin Ashley, in the second half to cap off a 70-7 win.
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