(12-7-19) – The Marion Local Flyers continue their historic run in OHSAA State Football Playoffs as they win the D VII title in their 9th consecutive trip to the finals with a 28-6 win over Lucas. Marion Local wins their 11th state championship and the Midwest Athletic Conference picks up win their 35th football title.
It was the 2nd MAC title this weekend, on Friday Anna knocked of Springfield in the D VI game.
The first half was impacted by key penalties for both teams. After taking the opening kick-off Lucas forced Marion Local to punt the ball away, but a running into a kicker penalty gave the Flyers another chance. That opportunity would lead to a one yard TD run by Dylan Heitkamp with 7:45 remaining in the 1st quarter.
Marion Local would return the favor in the 2nd quarter when leading 14-0, it looked like the Flyers had another TD, but a holding penalty would nullify it. Facing 3rd and goal Kyle Muhlenkamp would be picked off by Logan Niswander at the 1 yard line to end the scoring opportunity for the Flyers.
Marion Local had 176 yards total offense in the first half, while the Cubs were held to 75 yards.
In the 2nd half thanks to their special teams Lucas made a run at the Flyers. The first came after a Flyers TD when Carson Hauger ran back the kickoff 96 yards for Lucas, the longest in OHSAA football championship game history. On the the kickoff the Cubs surprised Marion Local with an onside kick that they recovered. But Lucas was unable to put points on the board.
The Flyers’ Brandon Fleck scored 3 TDS and rushed for 133 yards to lead the offense.
Marion Local ends the season ar 13-2 and Lucas finishes at 12-3.
Scoring by Quarter 1 2 3 4 Final Marion Local 7 7 7 7 28 Lucas 0 0 6 0 6
Marion Local – Dylan Heitkamp 1 yd run PAT kick by Alex Klosterman (GOOD) with 7:45 remaining in the 1st Quarter
Marion Local – Brandon Fleck 8 yd run PAT kick by Alex Klosterman (GOOD) with 11:21 remaining in the 2nd Quarter
Marion Local – Brandon Fleck 6 yd run PAT kick by Alex Klosterman (GOOD) with 5:02 remaining in the 3rd Quarter
Lucas – Carson Hauger 96 yd KO return PAT kick by Jadon Walter (FAIL) with 4:50 remaining in the 3rd Quarter
Marion Local – Brandon Fleck 3 yd RUSH PAT KICK by Alex Klosterman (GOOD) with 2:38 remaining in the 4th Quarter