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By Will Phillips
The Marion County Knights travelled Friday night to face the undefeated the Boyle County Rebels.
Although they entered the game as underdogs, the Knights (3-5, 1-2) began on a positive note, scoring on the game’s opening drive. Aided by a couple of penalties by the Rebels, the long drive ended with a 2-yard run by Knights junior quarterback Hayden Taylor. The Boyle County crowd was silent after Marion County took a 7-0 lead with 7:58 remaining in the first quarter.
Boyle County (8-0, 3-0) responded by scoring 50 unanswered points as the Rebels managed to dismantle the Knights, 50-7.
It began for the Rebels with a 3:40, 80-yard drive that ended with a six-yard touchdown run and a 7-7 score. On the following Marion County drive, the Knights dropped a deep pass that could have gone for a touchdown, but ended with the first of several punts by junior Aldo Perez.
Rebels junior wide receiver Keagen Hinkle caught a deep pass to push the ball into Marion County territory. That set up a 33-yard touchdown run by Boyle County sophomore quarterback Josiah Robbins with 24.9 seconds remaining in the opening quarter.
In the second quarter, the Rebels increased their lead to 35-7 on scoring plays including 58- and 24-yard touchdown passes and a 31-yard rushing touchdown.
Boyle County added two more touchdowns in the third quarter to close out the scoring.
After the game, Marion County coach Jeff Robbins echoed his comments from last week, saying that the team made “mental mistakes.”
When asked what the team could take away from a game like this, he responded, “Nothing. There’s nothing to take from a loss like this.”
He added that the Knights “didn’t play as hard as we should.”
Next week, Marion County hosts Lexington Catholic (5-3).