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Warriors perfect for first time in 26 years

Staff writers

A 59-8 victory Friday over Bluestem sent the Warriors’ season record to 7-0, the first time in 26 years that Marion has gone undefeated through its first seven games.

Trevor Schafers led the team on the ground with five rushes for 113 yards and two touchdowns.

Jameson Looper had four rushes for 84 yards and two touchdowns.

Quarterback Jack Lanning had two rushes for 67 yards and one touchdown.

Jonathan Frese had one catch for 15 yards and a touchdown.

“Overall, really pleased with how we came out Friday night and took care of business early on in the game,” coach Shaun Craft said. “Varsity offense only had to run 13 plays, so it was nice to get them off the field early to keep them fresh and healthy heading into this week.”

The Warriors will put their perfect season to the test Friday in their last regular season game of the season at home against Sedgwick (6-1).

“We need to clean up the extra point tries for sure because as we get into post-season play those can come back to haunt you,” Craft said.

Hillsboro

Hillsboro defeated winless Smoky Valley, on the road Friday, 45-22.

Top players were Dawson Boldt with 183 passing yards, Jesiah Gooch with 104 rushing yards, and Zander Haslett with 66 receiving yards.

Gooch finished with four touchdowns.

On defense, Anders Weisbeck scored a touchdown on a 25-yard fumble return.

“This season, we’ve written our story on the field with every snap, tackle, and touchdown,” coach Demetrius Cox said. “We’ve faced challenges, tasted victory, and grown as a team.

“As we prepare for the playoffs, we’re not just chasing a championship; we’re chasing the best version of ourselves. The path ahead may be tough, but the character and determination we’ve built will carry us through. Our journey continues, and we’re ready to leave it all on the field, one game at a time.”

The Trojans (4-3) will close out the season on the road in Lyons (0-7) this Friday.

Centre

Centre shut out Chase, 47-0, on the road Saturday.

The Cougars (3-3) will be back on the road for their last game of the season Friday against Peabody-Burns (4-3).

Goessel

Goessel’s defense had trouble tackling the Moundridge Wildcats on Friday night.

Moundridge jumped out to a 24-0 lead at the end of the first quarter. With a howling northwest wind, punting was not an option and the Bluebirds were unable to convert on fourth downs multiple times in the second quarter.

The Wildcats scored three more times in the second period to secure a 48-0 victory.

Goessel will be home Friday with Little River for a final game in district play.

Peabody-Burns

Peabody-Burns had a rough Friday night on the road against Waverly, losing 52-7 and snapping a four game winning streak.

“The drive and dedication this team has is incredible even when faced with adversity,” coach Eric Dutton said. “In a tough game like last week, they didn’t give up.”

Jameson Miles leads the team with an average of 111 receiving yards per game and a total of 14 touchdowns. Aiden Hursts averages 103 rushing yards per game.

Joesuf Ayfelott has three sacks this season, and Dalton Philpott has snared two interceptions.

“We have one more game remaining and the chance to take third in the district. The chance to be in this position without any seniors on the team is exciting to see what the future holds,” Dutton said.

Peabody-Burns (4-3) will be at home Friday against Centre (3-3).

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