Marion is now 6-0 on the season, and 5-0 in the Midwest Athletic Conference, while Versailles drops to 1-5, 1-4 on the year. The win was a relief to Flyer coach Tim Goodwin who is well aware of the difficulties of winning at Hole Field.
“I was talking to coaches on the way here and said I really like this place (Hole Field), but then I said I don’t know why we have lost the last two games here,” Goodwin said. “The Versailles kids always play hard and this place has a great atmosphere with the fans right on top of the field.”
There was no such worry this time around as Goodwin clearly had the upper hand and Schaefer. The senior running back rolled his way to 130 yards on just 10 carries and crossed the goal line twice. Quarterback Chris Stucke also tossed two touchdowns and ran for another. Overall the Marion offense dominated the Tigers needing just 25 plays to score eight TDs.
“Marion is a good team and there is no question about it,” Versailles coach Jason Schondelmyer said. “They are really doing things right.”
The game started with Versailles putting together its typical long, drawn out drive. But the closer the Tigers got to the Flyer end zone the tougher it got and eventually the Flyers took over on downs.
From there the Marion offense cranked up. Mixing it up, Marion stormed down the field. Schaefer capped things with his first touchdown run and the onslaught was in full mode. Marion needed just five plays to cover 65 yards.
“Versailles came out and played hard,” Goodwin said. “We try to be balance, but our quarterback has been struggling with an ankle injury so he wasn’t running a lot.”
After forcing a Tiger punt on their next possession Marion darted down the field once again. The Flyers wasted little time in scoring again, but this time it was through the air. Stucke found Jeff Moeller running alone towards the end zone and fired a perfect strike for a 21-yard touchdown. The extra point made it 14-0 Flyers.
On the following possession Versailles found a bit of life. Shawn Winner scampered across the goal line from 26-yards out and the extra point made it 14-7, but that score was short lived.
Again Marion cut up the Tigers defense and again it was Schaefer finishing things off, this time from 16-yards. In total the Flyers had run 13 plays from the line of scrimmage and scored 21 points. At the end of the first quarter it was 21-7 Marion.
In the second period things settled down until the final two minutes. Neither team managed any points through most of the quarter, but then Marion went into a two minute offense and tacked on 14 more points.
First Stucke found a hole and raced through it and down the sidelines for a 47-yard touchdown run. About a minute later Marion scored again when Stucke found Jared Prenger for an 8-yard touchdown pass. When the first half came to an end Marion was in complete control up 35-7.
The second half was nothing more than reserve players getting in some time. One of those for Marion was running back Ben Smith who made the most of opportunity. The sophomore recorded two scores on runs of 16 and 3 yards.
Jon Murphy managed a two-yard run for the Tigers last score, but it was much too little and far too late.
“The quarterback is good and the tailback is good,” Schondelmyer said. “Against that team you have to throw it all out and hope for the best.”