TOP-RANKED TANGO: McClain, Saylors Run Wild in Win Over Boyd

JASPER, Tenn.–The Marion County Warriors cruised to a 19-0 win over visiting Boyd-Buchanan in a matchup between two of the three best teams in Class 2A.

The Warriors offensively exploded for 310 yards rushing on 48 carries to help lead them over the visiting Boyd-Buchanan Buccaneers. Marion County had a pair of backs eclipse the century mark as Hunter McClain rushed for 123 yards on 16 carries and Jacob Saylors rushed for 108 yards on 12 carries. McClain also finished the night with a pair of rushing touchdowns and 27 yards receiving on two catches.

“The offense executed well and we depended a lot on our offensive line tonight,” Head coach Joey Mathis said. “They did their job early on in the game and that is what set the tone for the game. They made holes all night and they have been our strength all year.”

Marion County was lights out on the defensive side of the ball, as the Warriors did not allow Boyd inside the red zone all night long. The Warriors held Boyd to 189 total yards on 43 plays for an average of 4.4 yards per play.

“The defense played their butts off tonight,” Mathis said. “The coaches did a great job with having our defense prepared and put us in the position to win the game tonight. We played with a lot of effort and intensity which allowed us to match Boyd’s intensity from the start.”

The night started off quickly as Marion County forced a 3-and-out on defense. The Warriors proceeded to score on their first possession of the game thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by McClain to put them up 6-0.

Both teams would swap punts back and forth until late in the second quarter, as McClain would find the end zone again from six yards out to give the Warriors a 13-0 lead going into halftime.

Marion County came out quickly in the second half as they marched down the field to find the end zone on a two yard run by quarterback Isaiah Sampson to put the Warriors up 19-0.

The fourth quarter was a defensive showdown, as neither team could seem to get it going on the offensive side of the ball. The Warriors defense dominated all night as Marion County forced Boyd to either punt or turn the ball over on downs on every possession throughout the game.

“It doesn’t matter win or lose, I’m always going to be proud of my guys,” Mathis said.  “I’m very happy for our guys to come out and get a win like this in front of our fans.”

Both schools face huge tasks next week as Boyd-Buchanan hosts to Bledsoe County on Friday and Marion County travels to Tyner on Thursday for a matchup in Finley stadium.

Box Score

MCHS – 6 | 7 | 6 | 0 || 19

BHS – 0 | 0 | 0 | 0 || 0

Scoring Summary:

(1st) Hunter McClain, 5 Yard Rush [McElroy Kick No Good]-Marion County 6, Boyd-Buchanan 0

(2nd) Hunter McClain, 6 Yard Rush [McElroy Kick Good]-Marion County 13, Boyd-Buchanan 0

(3rd) Isaiah Sampson, 2 Yard Rush [Hale 2-Pt. Conv. No Good]-Marion County 19, Boyd-Buchanan 0

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