Kokomo’s defense made a series of big plays to keep the Giants at bay. Marion (1-7, 0-4 North Central Conference) got a big return on the opening kickoff and took the ball the Kat three-yard line when Kokomo’s defense responded by forcing and recovering a fumble. The Kats (4-4, 3-2 NCC) scored on their next possession when Holloman powered in from seven yards out.
Up 7-0 to start the second quarter, Kokomo’s Gray intercepted a pass by Marion quarterback Niko Trevino and tore upfield for a defensive score to double Kokomo’s advantage. The Kats scored twice more on short runs by Holloman and Gray, then Kokomo’s Jordan Rawlins snagged an interception that set up Baker’s 67-yard TD. That made the score 35-6 Kats with just 23 seconds left in the half and took any remaining fight out of the Giants.
“Jordan Rawlins made a nice pick down here, nice fumble [recovery] on the other end of the field,” Colby said. “Just real happy we did get a defensive shutout.”
Marion’s only score came on special teams when Jordan Feurstein took a kickoff 88 yards to the end zone in the second quarter.
Kokomo’s defense also harassed Trevino, knocking him out of the game with a non-throwing arm injury, then kept pursing younger brother Lorenzo Trevino, a freshman who entered as the backup. Kokomo had a school-record nine sacks, pushing Marion back 49 yards on those plays. Marion ran for just 34 yards and passed for 109.
Kokomo’s Cuba Evans scored on a 13-yard run and Keenan Wheeler on a 26-yarder in the fourth quarter.