Knights fall to Lexington Catholic

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Marion County will travel to Russell County for playoffs

By Jessica Veatch and Josh Veatch

The Marion County High School Knights struggled in nearly all phases of the game in a 55-6 loss to host Lexington Catholic Friday night. However, the touchdown that Marion County scored in the third period snapped a streak of 11 consecutive quarters of scoreless football.
On the opening drive of the game, Lexington Catholic marched down the field for a rushing touchdown just over a minute and a half into the game to take an early 7-0 lead.  On the ensuing drive, Marion County was forced to punt, and Lexington Catholic returned the kick for another touchdown with 8:11 on the clock to take the 14-0 lead.
Lexington Catholic would find the end zone twice more before the first quarter ended, and narrowly missed a 50-yard field goal attempt. Marion County was forced to punt on each of their four first quarter possessions.
The second quarter didn’t get much better for Marion County.  Lexington Catholic scored twice more, and the Knights settled for three more punts.
Marion County had a chance to score just before halftime after a Vincent Collins interception set up a field goal attempt. With just over one second on the clock, Marion County missed the field goal, but were given a second chance on an untimed down due to a penalty against Lexington Catholic. However, the second attempt was also unsuccessful and the half ended with a score of 41-0.
In the third quarter, Marion County’s defense was able to force Lexington Catholic into their first punt of the night. With 4:25 showing on the clock, Lexington Catholic intercepted a pass and scored again, pushing the lead to 48-0.
Later in the quarter, Marion County senior Enrico Floyd found a hole on the right side of the Lexington Catholic defense and gave the Knights their first points since the third quarter of the Sept. 28 game against Taylor County.  The extra point attempt was no good, and Marion County trailed 48-6 as the third quarter ended.  
Lexington Catholic scored 22 seconds into the final period to push the lead back to 55-6.  With the running clock in place, neither team would score again.
Offensively Marion County racked up 114 yards on the ground and 35 yards in the passing game on 50 total plays.  
“The offensive line still is making fundamental mistakes, but didn’t play bad,” Knights Coach Jeff Robbins said. “Our skill kids have to make plays.”
Lexington Catholic was able to collect 103 yards rushing and 140 passing yards.  Robbins noted that the defense played much better in the game than in previous games.  “A couple of their passes were due to us having to play guys due to some injured players,” he said.
Robbins acknowledged special teams were a weak point in the game.
“The kickoff return couldn’t get past the 25 yard line and punt team had poor coverage leading to four touchdowns,” he said.
Robbins added that Marion County’s final regular season game doesn’t really get much easier.  
“Anderson County is big, athletic, and fast,” he said.  “They are 7-2, and as good as anybody on our schedule.”  
The 5A Anderson County Bearcats’ two losses have been by a combined 11 points, and they defeated Mercer County, 48-7, on Sept. 14.
With one week left in the regular season, Marion County knows its opening round playoff opponent will be Russell County. The Knights will travel to Russell Springs on Nov. 2 to play the Lakers, who are 8-0 on the season.  Marion County last played Russell County in the Forcht Bank Bowl to open the 2011 season and fell 48-21.

Marion Co (2-7):      0   0   6 0 - 6
Lex Catholic (8-1):   28 13 7 7 - 55