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Friday night’s arrival of the Green County Dragons (7-2) will make for good football, according to Marion County High School football Head Coach Jeff Robbins.
“This ought to be a knock down drag out high school football game,” Robbins said.
Both teams are district champs, both have identical win-loss records and the teams have a history starting to build.
In the Jeff Robbins era, the Knights have one win and one loss to Green County. In 2007, the Knights got rocked 35-6 at home against Green. Last season the Knights escaped Greensburg with a 24-20 win but Green County played without their superstar Zeth Rogers.
This year looks to be another close one. Robbins is looking to improve his all time record against his former boss, Mike Griffiths. Robbins and Griffiths coached together at Marion County in the mid 1990’s at Marion County. Robbins is 1-3 against Griffiths, including two losses while he was head coach at Adair County High School.
Robbins said Green County runs out of the I formation a lot on offense and uses a lot of the same schemes as the Knights. Senior Ricky Garrett and senior John Stone are key pieces in the backfield but sophomore Chavis McDermott is the stud back of the three.
“They’ve got decent size up front, they’re not as big as the last few years,” Robbins said. “They are well coached and play extremely hard. They just had a big win over Monroe to win their district.”
Defensively, the Dragons play a 53 defense. Robbins said they have a great kicker and a very good special teams unit.
Kick off is set for 7:30 p.m. on Friday at John J. Boswell Field.
Despite a win or loss against Green County, the Knights host their first round playoff game against Breckenridge County (3-6). Should the Knights advance past the first round, they would face the winner of the LaRue County (5-4) and Valley (6-3) game. The Knights would also host that game.