Not even a 2-hour-and-45-minute weather delay could stop the Marion-Franklin High School football team Friday.

The host Red Devils defeated Westerville North 7-6 to move their record to 2-0 as the Warriors fell to 1-1.

"The weather didn't help the execution in the second half when we came back out, but this was just a hard-fought high school football game," Marion-Franklin coach Brian Haffele said.
With 3:45 left in the second quarter, lighting and heavy rain moved the teams to the locker room for a lengthy delay with the Red Devils up 7-3. Following the delay, neither team was able to get much going on offense as the teams traded possessions until the fourth quarter.

Marion-Franklin had stopped the Warriors on third-and-9 but a late hit on quarterback Chris McCluney extended the drive. Three plays later, McCluney hit a 30-yard field to cut the deficit to 7-6.
North held the Red Devils and got the ball back at their own 48-yard line with two timeouts and 5:02 left in the game. On the next play, Warriors running back Justin Brewton ran up the middle and crossed the 50-yard line when he fumbled as he was being tackled. Marion-Franklin recovered and ran 10 plays to get down their own 13-yard line before turning the ball over on downs with 13 seconds left. A pass from McCluney to Brewton was not enough however as time ran out.

North opened the game on a good note as McCluney kicked a 39-yard field goal at the end of their first drive to make it 3-0.

The teams traded possession until halfway through the second quarter when Marion-Franklin quarterback Verlen Reed threw and 8-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy McCoy. A successful Joe Little extra point made it 7-3 just before the storm hit.
"I think both teams can leave with their heads held high and you know this kind of game is what football is all about," North coach Chad Williams said.
Reed was 3-of-5 for 69 yards, and Tyrell Massey rushed five times for 45 yards to lead Marion-Franklin. McCluney was 5-for-11 for 40 yards and Brewton rushed 18 times for 51 yards for the Warriors.