Knights stomp Cards

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By Jesse Osbourne

Marion County left no doubt who was superior in their gridiron border battle with Taylor County High School Friday night at John J. Boswell Field. After accumulating nearly 500 yards of offense and playing with a running clock for nearly the entire second half, the Knights hit the showers early in their 49-0 win over Taylor County.  With this win the Knights are on a four game winning streak against the Cardinals. More impressively, they have held Taylor County scoreless in the last four contests. They have outscored the Cardinals 163-0 in that time period.  The Knights scored a flurry of points to overwhelm the Cardinals early, putting up four touchdowns in the opening quarter to kill any hopes the Cardinals had coming into the game.  One of the biggest differences in the game was the coming out party of senior Kendall Taul, who had his biggest game of the season with 122 yards rushing and three touchdowns on seven carries.  "I think he's finally learning to play the position of running back," Head Coach Jeff Robbins said. "It's a similar situation from Bryson Bell last year from wide out to running back. Now he's starting to understand how to play it. He's finally coming into his own." Senior Buster Hazelwood added to his string of 100 plus yard games, finishing the night with 163 yards and one touchdown on 14 carries.  "The kid is fast. The kid can run," Robbins said. "The thing I like about Buster is that he blocks for the other backs as well."  Those two helped the Knights rack up 258 yards in the first quarter and over 400 yards of offense by halftime.  "As a coach you have to love it," Robbins said.  The Knights were only 20 yards short of accomplishing an elusive team goal of gaining 500 yards of offense.  "Five-hundred is a milestone we want to reach at some point," Robbins said. "It may never happen. It's a lofty goal to have. But it's something we strive for."  Despite the steam rolling of Taylor County, Robbins wasn't completely happy with the team. "I thought we lost our focus from time to time," he said. "It's a situation where it's hard to keep your focus when you start out early like we did. We have to be able to sustain the effort and enthusiasm for 48 minutes especially with these games coming up. We're about to hit another tough stretch in the schedule and we have to be able to maintain that intensity."  The Knights will need that focus as Washington County comes to town Friday. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. Robbins said fans are encouraged to wear maroon in this year's Maroon Out. Atmosphere Entertainment will be providing music throughout the evening. Editor's note: Historical information about the series provided by Josh Veatch.