Marion to Face Powers North Central in State Semis for Third Straight Season

MARION – The Marion Eagles are in the 8-player Division 2 state semifinals for a third consecutive year. And for a third consecutive year, they’ll face Powers North Central in the semifinal game.

Powers North Central has beaten Marion each of the previous two years, but unlike the last two games, this time it will be played at Marion. Both teams come into play unbeaten on the season.

“The goal all year was to go 9-0 so that we could host throughout the playoffs and to get the opportunity to make them come here this year is great for us,” said Marion head coach Chad Grundy. “It was one of our goals at the beginning of the year that we could host the semifinals if we got there.”

As Marion looks to finally get over the hump and advance to the state championship game, the Eagles are not at all surprised it’s Powers North Central that stands in their way. The players said that’s who they expected to see at this stage and they wouldn’t have it any other way.

“It would mean a lot [to beat them] because they beat us the past few years and getting that revenge would be pretty nice,” said senior Aadin Yowell.

Marion beat Gaylord St. Mary 14-0 last week in the regional championship. It’s the only game this season that Marion hasn’t won by at least 44 points.

“We wanted [a regional title] three times in a row and we got it three times in a row. I hope we can move on now,” said senior Weston Cox.

On the flip side, Powers North Central won the regional championship 45-6 over Lake Linden-Hubbell last week. That 39-point margin of victory was their closest game all season.

In the end, the game between Powers North Central and Marion will feature two teams that have been completely dominant all season long. Only one will advance to the state championship game on Oct. 19 in Marquette.

Marion and Powers North Central kick off at 1 p.m. on Saturday.

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