MOUNT VERNON — Warning to upcoming foes of the Marion football team: Do not make the Indians your homecoming foe.
Logan Pickering scored four touchdowns and Marion scored 35 unanswered points en route to a 42-3 whipping of Mount Vernon last night in a Class 3A District 4 prep football game at the Mustangs field that spoiled the Mustangs’ Homecoming.
“If somebody wants to say that we’re their homecoming game, then we’ll make it the toughest Homecoming game they’ve had,” Marion Coach Tony Perkins said. “DeWitt did that to us earlier in the year and we played pretty well (49-21 win) and Mount Vernon did it here and we played well again.
“It’s just something else that we can use to motivate us.”
The sixth-ranked Indians (5-0, 3-0 District 4) rolled up 398 yards of total offense and limited Mount Vernon (0-5, 0-3) to 186. Pickering rushed 12 times for 76 yards and three touchdowns and caught seven passes for 122 yards and another touchdown.
“DeWitt beat us twice and then put us on the schedule as their homecoming game,” said Pickering, a 5-foot-9 senior tailback who also lines up in the slot. “If anybody wants to put us as their homecoming game, they’re asking for it.”
Marion senior quarterback Dalton Combs also wasn’t too happy about being Mount Vernon’s homecoming foe.
“Obviously, they thought we’d be an easy win,” said Combs, who completed 10 of 14 passes for 198 yards and two touchdowns. “It’s kind of a slap in the face.”
Marion led, 7-3, early in the second quarter when it fumbled away the ball at the Mount Vernon 1. After forcing a Mount Vernon punt, Marion scored the next three times it had the ball to build a 28-3 lead by halftime. Pickering scored all three touchdowns, sandwiching runs of 26 and 1 yards around a 17-yard reception.
The Indians also scored the first two times they had the ball in the third quarter. Pickering blasted in from 2 yards out and Ben Holub rambled 25 yards for a 42-3 lead with 4:13 left in the third quarter.
The Indians host their Homecoming game Friday against Anamosa. Mount Vernon plays Friday at Vinton-Shellsburg.