JASPER, Tenn.–Marion County appeared to be a perennial college power Friday night as they took down Region 3-2A foe Meigs County in blowout fashion.
From pure dominance to traditions proudly parading the field, Marion County not only looked like a powerhouse, but they acted like one as Mathis has his team firing on all cylinders not as individuals, but as a team.
“They knew this was their first district game, and they answered the call,” Marion County head coach Joey Mathis said. “This group has played in some big games and they all stepped up and towed the line.”
Junior running back/wide receiver Jacob Saylors went off for 77 yards rushing on 4 attempts while making some key grabs down the stretch. Saylors was responsible for four of the Warriors six touchdowns on the night, including a short one through the air from quarterback Isaiah Sampson in the 2nd quarter.
“Jacob’s lightning in a bottle,” Mathis said. “But if you watch him, his money is made on blocking. He blocks the edge really well. Hunter McClain, Hunter Zeman, and himself are selfless. They love to block for each other.”
The Warriors would start out early with a safety credited to senior Ishmael Avila on the first drive with just over 10 minutes to go in the quarter. Next up, Jacob Saylors would score two straight on a 6-yard and 65-yard run to the house putting Marion County up 16-0 at the 6:37 mark in the first quarter. McClain would score on a 2-yarder to end out the half, stacking the Warriors’ point total to 22 accompanied by a Tiger goose egg.
Into the 2nd quarter, Saylors grabbed another touchdown, this time through the air from Sampson. Saylors would scored again a little over a minute later on an 8-yard dip. The Warriors led at halftime 36-0 as they spanked the hapless Tigers at hom.
McClain would pick up another rushing touchdown in the 3rd before the inevitable Meigs County score came to fruition late in the 4th quarter via halfback Logan Fowler. They would fail on a two-point conversion leaving Jasper with a 43-6 defeat.
“They’re just a better football team right now,” Tiger head coach Jason Fitzgerald said. “We knew coming in that they’re defensive front was really good. We knew that if we were going to have a chance, we were going to have to block well.”
For the Tigers, they fall to 2-1, but the region slate is still empty according to Fitzgerald.
“One game doesn’t make or break the season,” Fitzgerald said. “We played a great football team, and there’s a reason they’re number one the State. We’ve been a pretty good football the past couple of weeks, and we just ran up against a team that was better than us.”
The Warriors make the short but treacherous journey down to South Pittsburg next week while the Tigers take a week off before travelling to Silverdale in Week Five.
And for the perennial Warriors, they’re battle next week will pit them against another powerhouse as they got their taste of orange and black this week at the woodshed behind Bill Baxter.
Marion — 22 | 14 | 7 | 0 || 43
Meigs — 0 | 0 | 0 | 6 || 6
1st (10:00) Ishmael Avila Forces Safety–Marion 2, Meigs 0
1st (9:15) Jacob Saylors, 6 YArd Rush [McElroy Kick Good]–Marion 9, Meigs 0
1st (6:37) Jacob Saylors, 65 yard Rush [McElroy Kick Good]–Marion 16, Meigs 0
1st (4:35) Hunter McClain, 2 Yard Rush [McElroy Kick No Good]—Marion 22, Meigs 0
2nd (7:14) Isaiah Sampson, 3 Yard Pass to Jacob Saylors [McElroy Kick Good]—Marion 29, Meigs 0
2nd (6:07) Jacob Saylors, 8 Yard Rush [Elroy Kick Good]—Marion 36, Meigs 0
3rd (9:48) Hunter McClain, 9 Yard Rush [Elroy Kick Good]—Marion 43, Meigs 0
4th (4:30) Logan Fowler, 6 Yard Rush [2-Point Conversion No Good]—Marion 43, Meigs 6