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Commanders come to town

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By Jesse Osbourne

Marion County High School looks to extend a four game winning streak against rival Washington County Friday at John J. Boswell Field. Washington County comes in hot, starting the season 4-0 after beating Lincoln County by a point last week.  Marion County is off to their best start since 2008 with a 3-1 record.  Both teams have played Taylor County. Marion County beat the Cardinals last week with a 49-0 show of force. Washington County played them in a similar fashion, rolling 47-0.  "They're a spread offense similar in scheme to Collins High School," Knights Head Coach Jeff Robbins said. "Trae Abell is a good quarterback. Quan Turner is a good running back. They will run a lot of zone with Quan."  Robbins said the Commanders will have an arsenal of offensive weapons. "They have several kids that they can go to," he said. "Marcus Reardon and Ben Simms are also good. They have several kids that can step up and play."  Robbins said the biggest difference in the team from last year is the quality of the offensive and defensive lines. Robbins listed Seth Mattingly, Tyler Coulter, Kyle Curtsinger and Ta Epps as important pieces up front. "They're a much improved football team," Robbins said. "With the rivalry they'll come out and we're convinced it'll be a dog fight and will take our 'A' game to beat these guys." The Knights kick off with the Commanders at 7:30 p.m. Friday at John J. Boswell Field. Fans are encouraged to wear maroon for the Maroon Out. Atmosphere Entertainment will provide music during the game.