LIMA — Fifteen games down, one to go.
The Marion Local Flyers continued their domination Saturday night, defeating Hopewell-Loudon (13-2) 34-7 Saturday night in state semifinal action at Spartan Stadium.
Marion Local’s senior quarterback led the game with five total touchdowns during the cold and snowy game.
The Flyers got things going right away on Saturday as Peyton Otte returned the opening kickoff to the opposing 46-yard line. Runs by Otte, Drew Lause and Darren Meier got Marion Local further downfield and Otte capped it off with a 26-yard rushing touchdown on 3rd and 8. Kevin Partington’s PAT made it 7-0 with 9:37 left in the first quarter.
Hopewell-Loudon picked up one first down on its opening drive but were forced to punt and the Flyers took over on their own 20-yard line.
Marion Local was methodical in its offensive approach, getting big chunks of yards at a time, mostly on the rushing attack.
A couple of highlights on the drive were an Otte run to the left on 3rd and 13, who made a couple of defenders missed and picked up 20 yards and Otte connecting with Conner Bruns for a 14-yard completion on 3rd and 8.
The drive carried into the second quarter and Otte capped off the drive with a run to the left for a 7-yard touchdown. A missed PAT made it 13-0.
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