The Marion County High School Warriors break a three game slide with a win over regional
foe Tellico Plains last Friday night. The Bears were bringing an identical 2-4 overall record into the contest and were nursing a two game losing streak themselves. Unfortunately for the Bears, the Warriors sported more grit early and were able to keep the pressure on down the stretch.
The Bears won the toss and elected to receive and thanks to a 40 yard explosion one play in addition to some smaller runs, the Bears would strike first in the end zone and successfully executing the two point conversion for a 8-0 lead over the Warriors. The momentum didn’t seem to favor the Warriors as they mishandled the subsequent kickoff, but recovered the ball. With Brett Nelson grabbing an 8 yard jaunt, quarterback Isaiah Sampson would fire off a 30 yard sprint and Jacob Saylors would carry the next 30 into the end zone to close the gap to 8-7 with the successful extra point with 10 minutes left in the first quarter. The Bears would squeak out several runs on, but Warrior Alex Nunez made a number of stops preventing a big gain down the stretch. Chase Hardin would make a phenomenal breakup of a pass by Tellico to get the ball back on downs. Saylors would take the ball off scrimmage and get to the end zone only to have it called balled because of offensive holding. The next snap the Warriors would earn a false start penalty getting them a first and twenty three hole. Brett Nelson would change the tide for the Warriors earning the first down with a run. They would continue inching up the field to have Alex Nunez punch through to the end zone . Marion County would be issued a sideline warning by the officials, but Nunez would complete the two point conversion for MCHS to take the lead 15-8 and that score would mark the start of the Warriors’ scoring bonanza as the would amass a 41-8 lead by halftime. Scoring on their first drive in the second half, Head Coach Joey Mathis started using the opportunity to put some lesser experienced players on the field. Tellico Plains would make progress against the Warriors’ second string and would ultimately make another twenty points throughout the second half but would still not be able to overcome the deficit they found themselves in allowing the Warriors to pull off the 47-28 victory.
By the numbers:
MCHS total yards: 408 (70 passing/338 rushing)
First Downs: 13
Sampson went 4/6 in the air
J. Saylors carried 5 times for 141 yards and 3 TDs; Sampson had 5 keepers for 94 yards; Brett Nelson went 4 carries for 60 yards; A Camp had 1 carry for 12 yards; J.Rollins held 3 for 9 yards; A.Jolly ran twice for 8 yards; S McClain ran twice for 3 net yards; R. Dykes carried once for 2 yards
C. Hardin caught two passes for a total of 51 receiving yards and B. Nelson had a catch for 9 yards….both were for a TD
G. Lawson grabbed an interception from Tellico Plains