MARION -- Bursting onto the field at Wildcat Stadium in their camouflage jerseys for the 2021 home opener, it didn't take the Marion Wildcats long to establish dominance over the Jersey Panthers.
The Cats, celebrating Patriot Night, wasted no time in drawing first blood that led to 64-29 win that upped their record to 2-0.
Walker Fox's interception on Jersey's first possession led to a 27-yard touchdown pass from Evan Noelle to Venson Newsom, the first of four that Noelle would toss on the night.
Newsom scored again, returning a 53-yard punt return following a Panther fumble.
Mason Norris recovered another Panther fumble, leading to a Brody Larson score that gave the Cats a 22-0 lead with nearly four minutes left in the first quarter.
Jersey finally got the board late in the first quarter but another Noelle to Newsom pass secured another touchdown with seconds on the clock.
Jersey added another touchdown in the second quarter but the Cats roared back, putting up 29 unanswered points, beginning with the 23-yard touchdown pass from Noelle to Mason Gooch.
Cole Bundren scampered in for a 3-yard score just before halftime to put the Cats up 58-14.
The second half went by quickly with the clock running.
Sophomore Patrick Walker scored the Cats' final touchdown on a 72-yard run in the final quarter.
The Wildcats will host Highland on Friday.