MARION — It certainly was far from an artistic success, but the Marion Indians will take it.
After getting blanked last week by top-rated Decorah, the Indians made just enough good plays to down Anamosa, 28-0, in their Class 3A, District 6 opener last night at Thomas Park.
Marion (1-1, 1-0) dominated the line play on both sides of the ball, but was plagued by penalties.
Coach Tony Perkins watched as his team committed 10 penalties alone in the first half, denying them at least three good scoring opportunities.
The trend continued in the second half for the Indians, who finished with 15 penalties for 105 yards, including a holding call that cost them a 57-yard scoring pass from Trevor Hardman to Quinn Cannoy.
One thing the Indians did have going for them was running back Trev Biery.
The senior ran for nearly 100 yards in the first half alone as Marion built a 21-0 lead at the break. Biery scored on runs of 7 and 3 yards, the second score coming after he rambled 53 yards to the Raiders’ 3.
Biery, who was slowed by cramps in the second half, still finished with 156 yards on 18 carries.
The Indians led 21-0 at the break and had a long drive that ate up most of the third quarter, but penalties again pushed them back and they gave up the ball on downs.
On defense, Marion kept Anamosa in check for most of the first half until an Indian fumble just before the break gave the Raiders a shot. They drove inside the Marion 10 before the host’s defense rose up and sacked Anamosa quarterback Connyr Lewis on a fourth-down play with under a minute left in the half.
Anamosa (0-3, 0-1) could never get much going on offense. The Raiders finished with 89 yards of total offense and punted the ball nine times.
Marion finally pushed the ball in late in the fourth quarter when Colton Mowry went in from the 4 with just under 2 minutes remaining.
The win was Marion’s 11th straight over the Raiders.