Prep Football: Marion Escapes Washington With Win
By Michael Bonner, Reporter
WASHINGTON – Alex Coker may have made the entire Marion punt team miss. He ran to the left, then to the right, then to the left again. After making a few more Indians miss, the Washington Demon punt return crossed mid-field on the right side. Already it was a memorable return, but it needed more. The scoreboard he was running toward signaled the end of the fourth quarter
It also showed his team's deficit: 13-10. He had to score.
At about the Marion 35 yard line he stumbled and nearly fell but caught his balance. At the 30 he seemed to be stopped again. At the 25 he made Marion's Quinn Cannoy miss and had a wall of blockers ahead of him.
He scored and mayhem ensued.
Except 70 yards back, an official stood next to a yellow flag. Washington was called for a chop block and an illegal block in the back, the 12th and 13th Demon penalties of the night. The jubilation ended on the Washington sideline and continued on Marion's. The Indians hung on for a 13-10 win Friday night.
Marion couldn't have begun the game much better, with a starting spot that can't get much worse. The Indians first possession of the game began at their own two yard line. Fifteen plays later, Trev Biery was met head on at the goal line but powered forward for the first score of the game.
Marion looked to be running away with the game, one drive later making it 13-0. This time the Indians capitalized on a Washington fumble and drove 53 yards.
The numbers backed up the edge the Indians possessed in the first half. Marion tallied 172 compared to Washington's 96.
Despite the advantage the Indians went into halftime with just a six-point edge after a Kyle Roder 14 yard touchdown run in the second.
The second half the Washington had chances to make up for the one-sided second half, but a fumble inside the Marion 15 and a 23 yard missed field goal plagued their efforts.
Washington forced three Indian fumbles in the fourth quarter, but couldn't find the endzone. Penalties crippled the Demons' efforts, none more than late on the fourth quarter on a second down run on the Marion 5.
A block in the back placed the ball on the 23 yard line and a few plays later the Demons missed a field goal.
They had one more opportunity, but Isaac Frazier forced a fumble that Andrew Davis recovered, sealing the Indians' win.