UNION CAN'T HANG ON TO EARLY ADVANTAGE
By C.J. Gish
Observer Staff Writer
UNION Unions defense did its job, but the Bobcats offense couldnt overcome a ton of turnovers.
A quick 12-0 lead disappeared in the second quarter as visiting Marsing, Idaho, scored twice for the deciding 13-12 win in the non-league football game.
I was pleased that we came out and played with a lot of intensity, Union coach Wayne Herron said. I knew it would be a physical game and our kids didnt back down.
Union (1-1) started strong. Lucas Maples took the opening kickoff and returned it 31 yards to Unions 47-yard line. Six plays later, C.W. Dunbar plunged over the goal line for a 1-yard score.
On Unions next possession, at its own 45, Maples found Mike Maley behind two defensive backs and hit him in stride with a deep pass that Maley turned into a 55-yard score.
The two-point conversion pass play failed and the score was Union 12-0 less than five minutes into the game.
That was the last time the Bobcats would score, though.
Marsing scored early in the second quarter when K.C. Wilson used a quarterback sneak for a 1-yard score.
On Unions next drive, Marsings Matt Berends intercepted a pass intended for Maley when Maley tipped the ball in the air while trying to catch it.
Marsing wasted little time in going 40 yards in four plays, with Wilson scoring again on a 9-yard run. Cody Heller kicked the extra point for the 13-12 lead.
From there, the game turned into a battle of punts and turnovers.
Neither team threatened to score for the remainder of the first half, with Maples getting intercepted and fumbling the ball away. Maples intercepted one pass with 59 seconds left in the half.
Union shut down Marsings spread offense with three three-and-out series to start the second half.
Union struggled, though, with drives ending on a lost fumble, a failed fourth-down conversion and a Morgan OConnor 27-yard field goal attempt that was blocked.
Union had the ball three times in the final quarter, but lost another fumble and was forced to punt twice.
Maples threw his third interception of the game with 1:37 remaining when Caleb Showalter stepped in front of his short pass on fourth-and-10.
From there, Marsing ran the clock out.
Turnovers, a blocked PAT and a blocked field goal were the difference, Herron said. But thats what preseason is for.
We moved the ball, too. Lucas showed courage playing at quarterback. We didnt play well pass-blocking for him.
Dunbar had 101 yards rushing. Shae Prince added 67 and Maples had 46.
Showalter had 126 yard rushing for Marsing. Wilson completed 12-of-28 passes for 151 yards.
Union travels Thursday to Pilot Rock.
Marsing, Idaho 0 13 0 0 13
Union 12 0 0 0 12
U C.W. Dunbar 1 run (kick blocked)
U Mike Maley 55 pass from Lucas Maples (pass failed)
M K.C. Wilson 1 run (run failed)
M Wilson 9 run (Cody Heller kick)
RUSHING Marsing, Showalter 18-126, Wilson 19-35, Heller 1-22. Union, Dunbar 14-101, Prince 15-67, Maples 10-46, Kirby 5-22, Maley 2-5.
PASSING Marsing, Wilson 12-28-1-151. Union, Maples 3-12-3-90.
RECEIVING Marsing, Heller 5-57, Quebrado 3-67, Berends 2-14, Showalter 1-8, Contreras 1-5. Union, Maley 2-68, Shankel 1-22.