MARION — Trev Biery knows what’s coming tomorrow morning.
“I’m sure I’m going to be sore,” Biery said. “It’s OK. I’m used to it.”
Biery rushed for three touchdowns, left with a sprained ankle, then returned to help run out the clock as Marion upended 10th-ranked Solon, 24-14, in a Class 3A District 6 football game Friday night at Thomas Park Field.
The Indians (6-1 overall, 4-0 district) took over sole possession of first place in the district.
It was the first time these teams have met. Solon is a perennial powerhouse, but the Indians didn’t bat an eye.
“Coach (Tony Perkins) harped on us that they’re no different from DeWitt or Maquoketa,” Biery said. “We’re on top right now, and we look forward to next week, and the week after that.”
Biery rushed for 178 yards on 28 carries, and the Indians intercepted Solon quarterback Rory Siddell four times.
“We were working hard all week, preparing for their spread (offense), and we were ready for everything they gave us,” said Tyler Gunderson, who had two of the four picks.
Biery had all three of his TDs in the first half as Marion built a 21-7 lead. He went down with the ankle injury late in the third quarter and the Indians nursing a 21-14 lead.
He was carried off the field, loaded into a golf cart and taken to the locker room, where he was retaped and cleared to get back in the game.
While he was out, quarterback Trevor Hardman unloaded a 51-yard pass to Quinn Cannoy that set up Dalton Ott’s 33-yard field goal. That gave the Indians a 10-point lead with 8:57 to go.
Biery returned with Solon (5-2, 3-1) driving. The Spartans had the ball, third-and-1 at the Marion 33 when Biery returned. The next two plays were a 1-yard loss and an interception by Ethan Herren.
And that was the ball game.
“We just didn’t execute,” said Solon Coach Kevin Miller. “You can’t turn the ball over four times. We didn’t make the plays that a championship team needs to make, and Marion did.”
Biery stayed on the field once Marion reclaimed possession, and was the workhorse as the Indians picked up four first downs and ran out the clock.
The Indians took the game’s opening drive 67 yards in 13 plays, with Biery capping it with a 2-yard TD run.
Two plays into the subsequent drive, Cannoy intercepted Siddell, and the Indians went back to work.
Biery scored on another 2-yarder to make it 14-0 with 2:58 left in the first quarter.
A long kickoff return by Jordan Wymer put Solon in business in Marion territory, and the Spartans took advantage of the short field. Aaron Shulista wrapped up the march with a 15-yard touchdown run to bring the Spartans within 14-7.
Marion answered, though, with an 80-yard scoring march.
On third-and-6 at the Solon 28, Biery took a pitch, headed left, cut back and outraced the coverage, diving over the right pylon for a touchdown to put the Indians up 21-7 at intermission.
Biery had 120 yards on 18 carries in the first half.
Marion hosts Clear Creek Amana next week; Solon entertains Maquoketa.
MARION 24, SOLON 14
At Thomas Park Field
First downs 12 20
Rushing 26-110 54-232
Passing 100 96
Comp-Att-Int 11-18-4 7-11-0
Total yards 210 328
Fumbles-lost 0-0 2-1
Punts-avg 2-40.5 2-26.0
Penalities 4-38 6-35
Solon — Rory Siddell 14-56, Aaron Shulista 9-51, Jordan Wymer 3-3. Marion — Trev Biery 28-178, Andrew Davis 9-38, Colton Mowry 7-14, Ethan Herren 5-11, Tyler Gunderson 1-4, Trevor Hardman 1-(minus-10), Team 3-(minus-3).
Solon – Siddell 11-18-4-100. Marion – Hardman 7-11-0-96.
Solon – Austin Holub 5-40, Chris McNutt 3-34, Nathan Hawkins 2-6, Wymer 1-20. Marion – Quinn Cannoy 3-70, Herren 2-19, Brandon Hornback 1-20, Gunderson 1-(minus-3).
Score by quarters
Solon 7 0 7 0 – 14
Marion 14 7 0 3 – 24
M – Trev Biery 2 run (Dalton Ott kick)
M – Biery 2 run (Ott kick)
S – Aaron Shulista 15 run (Josh Proehl kick)
M – Biery 28 run (Ott kick)
S – Jordan Wymer 5 run (Proehl kick)
M – FG 33 Ott