Miller Cardinal football season ends at hands of Marionville Comets 

Skylan Akins

Miller’s fall sports seasons have come to an end after the Cardinals fell to the top ranked team in the state, Marionville, Friday night 49-0.
Miller got the first possession of the game but just as quickly as the game began, the first momentum shift occurred as a Jarod Lung pass went through the hands of a Miller receiver and into the hands of a Marionville defender. Just two plays later, a 16-yard run from Cash Pomeroy gave the Comets a 7-0 lead. Marionville’s defense held the Cardinal offense to a three and out and converted into another touchdown for a 14-0 lead. Miller’s offense got their first big play as time was running out in the first quarter as Lung found senior John Snider for a 36-yard reception on a crucial third down to get to the Comet 25-yard line.
Despite the good field position achieved at the end of the first quarter, it was plundered as a fourth down pass hit the turf and possession went back to Marionville. The defense of the Cardinals made major strides compared to the 57-0 shellacking Miller endured just two weeks prior. Despite their best effort, Marionville marched on a six-minute drive that resulted in another Cash Pomeroy touchdown to extend the lead to 21-0. The offensive disaster continued with another interception just two plays into the enusing drive. Two plays later, Marionville found the end zone once again to take a 28-0 lead into the half.
The second half proved to be just as difficult for the Cardinals as Marionville slammed the door shut in the third quarter. A 14-yard touchdown run from Hugh Eaton extended the lead to 35-0. A Miller punt and a rare Marionville long touchdown pass gave the Comets a commanding 42-0 lead after three quarters. Miller’s offense surrendered interceptions on both fourth quarter possessions while the Comets added one more points for a final score of 49-0.
“We came out and fought,” said Miller head coach Derek Hill following the game. “We made them do things that they haven’t had to do in a long time and that is what we wanted. We played a little bit of defense but a few turnovers gave them short fields and that did us in, but I am proud of how we competed.”
Seven seniors saw their time as Cardinals end in Marionville, but not before leading Miller to their best season since 2019 this year. Their three wins this year matches the win total from the three previous seasons combined. This class includes Jaxon Fris, Gavin Burton, John Snider, Wade Rose, Ty Weaver, Malakhi Dalon, and Zach Chapman.
“They got us to a point where we are starting to turn a corner,” Hill said of his seniors. “They pushed and kept fighting and put us in a situation where we began to mold some of these younger guys to get the ball rolling to where we want to be next year. I am really proud of their effort and I hate to lose them and they were a big part of getting us where we got to this year.”


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