Trailing 28-6 in the third quarter, the Linn-Mar varsity football team rallied late, but fell short, losing 35-28 in the season finale Friday night at Pleasant Valley.
Marcus Orr passed for 317 yards on 21-of-32 passing to lead the Lions. The junior saw his last-ditch attempt intercepted at the PV 13 with 38 seconds remaining.
Linn-Mar closes its season at 3-6, 2-3 in district play.
Click here for a link to the Quad City Times story on Friday's game. (Photo of Marcus Orr and Will Zahradnik shot by Jim Slosiarek, C.R. Gazette)
Coach Nate Frangella's Lion sophomores wrapped up a second straight district championship last Friday night with with a 27-7 win at Pleasant Valley.
Bricen White scored a pair of touchdowns for Linn-Mar, which finished 7-1 overall, 3-1 in district play. Andrew Knipper and Chris Baker also scored for the Lions.
The defense was strong again, allowing only allowing one rushing first down and putting the Spartans in third and long situations all night. Austin Tullis had a huge interception towards the end to seal the victory.
"These kids deserved a championship," Frangella said. "Simply put, they did the right things on and off the field all summer and fall. I am so proud of the way they grew as a family. I can't wait to see what they will do at the varsity level."
The Linn-Mar freshman football team put an emphatic explanation mark on their 2018 football season with a 57-8 victory over Cedar Rapids Washington on Thursday night at Linn-Mar Stadium.
Coach Ben Martens' team completed a perfect 8-0 season with a suffocating defensive effort. Carter West, Louis Ochs and Ryan Martin all had interceptions for the Lions.
On offense, Linn-Mar started off fast and was never headed. Jeron Senters, McKade Jelinek, J.J. Trainor, Cam Guenther, Keegan Mesch and Mac Watts all scored touchdowns
"I am very proud of the hard work this group put in all year," Martens said.
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