Posted Date: 10/23/2017
With five games under their belt, football season is halfway over with a record of 2-3. The season started off with a home game against the Wynne Yellowjackets on Friday, Sept. 1.
Taylor Brown (5), scored a touchdown off a pass from quarterback Jacob Green (7) early in the second quarter. In the third quarter, Green ran one in from the five-yard line. Kicker, Parker Holland, kicked an extra point, tying the score 13-13. Kenta Jones (20) wrapped up the game with a fumble recovery and a touchdown, however Marion fell short of a victory with a final score of 20-24.
The team traveled to Jackson, Missouri on Sept. 8. Slade Webb (8), started the game by scoring off a 38-yard pass from Green. To finish out the first quarter, Anthony Price (0) scored a touchdown on a four-yard run, and another extra point from Holland made the score 14-7. In the second quarter, Jones and Price both scored touchdowns. Early in the third quarter, Brown scored from a 54-yard pass from Green. Ryan Robins (1) finished out the game with a touchdown, resulting in a loss for the Patriots 42-49.
The team returned home for game three against the Blytheville Chickasaws. Price and Green started the first quarter with touchdowns followed by two extra point kicks. The second quarter started with a Robins touchdown followed by a fumble recovery score by Anthony Switzer (9). Another 13 points were added in the third quarter from Green and Brown touchdowns and an extra point from Holland. Robins scored in the fourth quarter, and Holland’s extra point was successful. In the last minute of the game, senior player, Cody McCullah (38), scored a touchdown, making the final score of 53-8, resulting in Marion’s first win of the season.
The fourth game of the season was in West Memphis against the Blue Devils. Price started the game with a 38-yard reception from Green followed by an extra point. Later in the first quarter, Green ran one in from the 13-yard line. In the third quarter, Joyrion Chase (4) scored off an 87-yard pass from Green. Since the field goal was missed, only six points were scored. Late in the fourth quarter, Chase scored again off a 17-yard pass. The final score was 27-37 West Memphis Blue Devils, leaving Marion’s 15 game losing streak to be hopefully broken in the fall of 2018.
“From the start of week one, we’ve come a long way as a team. We had a few bumps in the road for the first two weeks, and as we move further into the season, we are starting to get the hang of what all needs to get done. Hopefully, we can finish in a good spot, and maybe go all the way to the championship,” stated McCullah.
-By Mary Claire Reece