MARION – He was succinct. When you get beat by four touchdowns, you tend to be that way.
So, Tony Perkins. Is there anything positive you can take out of your Marion football team’s 42-14 loss Friday night to Washington (Iowa)?
“Nope. Not a thing,” the head coach said. “This one gets flushed, and we just start over.”
At least it wasn’t a distict game for the Indians (2-2). Hard to find much else to be cheery about.
Now if you were a Washington fan, that’s different. The Demons (3-1) got a kickoff return and punt return for touchdown from Alex Coker, not to mention a pair of rushing scores from the senior back.
It’s a good football team, without question.
“I think our kids are finally starting to realize that it’s one game at a time, one snap at a time,” said Coach Randy Schrader, whose team lost in Week 2 to Class 3A fifth-ranked Pella by seven points. “If they buy into what we’re doing, what we’re preaching, we’ve got a chance to be pretty special.”
Carl Sivels broke loose for a 42-yard touchdown run late in the first quarter to put Washington on top for good. Coker ran over a Marion defender en route to a 47-yard touchdown early in the second quarter, then after Marion cut the Demons lead to 14-7, he fielded a kickoff in the middle of the field, cut left and down the sideline for a 90-yard TD.
After a 4-yard touchdown run on Washington’s initial second-half possession, Coker fielded a Trevor Hardman punt near midfield and returned it 56 yards for yet another score.
“Our up-front guys, they did great tonight,” he said. “They locked up, hands in front, no holding calls. Which is nice. When you get blocks like that, it’s pretty easy on my end.”
Using shotgun formations called the pistol and NASCAR, Washington accumulated 217 yards on the ground, holding Marion to just 56 on 42 attempts. There was your ballgame in a nutshell.
“We knew they were kind of young, graduated a lot of guys,” said Coker, who finished with 96 yards on 13 attempts. “We’re a power football team, we always have been. We certainly want to run the ball.”
“I think we came back from last week. We played well. Like I said, I’ve got to give it to the guys up front, our offensive line. They played great tonight. I’ll definitely have a cupcake for them.”
“They out-physicaled us. They truly did,” Perkins said. “They are a good football team. We need to get better … We didn’t play very well, and they took it to us.”
Hardman completed 9 of 15 passes for 153 yards and two touchdowns, both to Cannoy. But the always dangerous receiver was shutout after a big first half (five catches for 107 yards), and Hardman ended up scrambling for his life much of the time from an aggressive, blitzing Washington defense.
“These guys just came in and punched us in the mouth,” Perkins said.
Here is the game boxscore:
Washington 42, Marion 14
AT THOMAS PARK
|Rushes-yards||31 - 217||42 - 56|
|Comp-Att-Int||3 - 8 - 0||9 - 15 - 0|
|Fumbles-lost||0 - 0||2 - 0|
|Punts-average||2 - 35.0||6 - 31.0|
|Penalties-yards||4 - 30||5 - 25|
Rushing: Washington – Alex Coker 13-96 , Carl Sivels 4-75 , Daryn Sebelius 9-54 , Tanner Knupp 3-4 , Team 2--12 Marion – Colton Mowry 16-51 , Logan Fuller 9-11 , Jeremy Schieders 2-2 , Preston Murphy 1-2 , Trevor Hardman 13--4 , Quinn Cannoy 1--6
Passing: Washington – Daryn Sebelius 3-8-0-37 Marion – Trevor Hardman 9-15-0-153
Receiving: Washington – Tanner Knupp 2-26 , Thomas Bump 1-11 Marion – Quinn Cannoy 5-107 , Logan Fuller 3-48 , Austin Brown 1-5
SCORE BY QUARTERS
Wash-Carl Sivels 42 run (Mason Quigley kick)
Wash-Alex Coker 47 run (Quigley kick)
Mar-Quinn Cannoy 34 pass from Trevor Hardman (Ben Kroemer kick)
Wash-Coker 90 kickoff return (Quigley kick)
Mar-Cannoy 39 pass from Hardman (Kroemer kick)
Wash-Coker 4 run (Quigley kick)
Wash-Coker 56 punt return (Quigley kick)
Wash-Tanner Knupp 3 run (Quigley kick)