Prep football: Gladstone hits on all cylinders, drops North Marion, 54-8
Gladstone's Dylan Farris rushed for a game-high 109 yards and two touchdowns, and Deric Penn scored on a 33-yard interception return as the Gladiators overwhelmed visiting North Marion 54-8 in Friday's non-conference high school football game at Dick Baker Stadium.
Damian Alvarado caught a 43-yard touchdown pass from Hudson Meyer in the first quarter and then scored on a 23-yard run in the second quarter, helping lead Gladstone (1-2) to a 33-8 halftime lead.
Spencer Boyd, Matthew Kuhn and Kalehb Newberry also scored touchdowns for the Gladiators, who racked up a season-high 398 yards total offense and ran their winning streak against the Huskies to eight games.
On defense, Gladstone capitalized on five interceptions by five different players -- Spencer Boyd, Ben Hill, Ben Perez, Newberry and Penn -- and held North Marion (0-3) to 221 yards offense.
Trailing 27-0, running back Brandon Weaver scored the Huskies' lone touchdown on a 6-yard run, and quarterback Dylan Dedolph added a two-point conversion run with 5:18 remaining in the second quarter.
North Marion used three quarterbacks who completed a combined 12 of 35 passes for 158 yards.
Alvarado finished with 105 yards offense (62 rushing, 43 receiving) for Gladstone, while Kuhn added five carries for 33 yards and Boyd had two receptions for 66 yards.
The Gladiators return home on Friday to face 5A independent Woodburn (1-2), coming off a 24-13 home win over Benson.
North Marion is home to play Newport (1-2) on Friday.