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Lexington Catholic too much for Knights

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Marion County finishes district play 1-3

By Will Phillips

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Enterprise correspondent

The Marion County Knights had a hard time moving the ball on Friday night, as they played host to Lexington Catholic. Marion County was unable to find the end zone until the 10:10 mark of the fourth quarter, when junior Eddie Ponce managed to find pay dirt. The extra point was blocked, though, and the Knights managed only 9 points as they lost, 62-9. 

Much like last week, the Knights drove down the field on the opening possession and managed to get a score with a 20-yard field goal from junior Aldo Perez to make it 3-0 with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter. From there, though, it was all Lexington Catholic, as they would go on to score 55 consecutive points. 

It began for Lexington Catholic with an 18-yard run by senior Marcelis Logan. After the extra point, Lexington Catholic surprised the Knights with an onside kick, which they recovered. After a couple of big passes by junior quarterback Reese Ryan, senior running back Noah Mitchell ran it in from 16 yards out to make the score 14-3, following the extra point. 

On their next drive, Marion County would go three and out and attempt a fake punt. However, Perez’s pass was intercepted, and Lexington Catholic would set up at their own 28 yard line. Following a penalty that set them back to their own 21 yard line, Logan ran the ball 67 yards, and was tackled at the Knights’ 12 yard line. Once again, Mitchell ran it in. 

Before halftime, Lexington Catholic would score on passes of 48, 57, and 31 yards, making the score 41-3, and prompting a running clock for the rest of the game. Coming out of the half, Marion County looked much the same, allowing Lexington Catholic to score with a 55-yard run by sophomore Andy Hickey on the opening drive of the second half. They would score again, this time with a 56-yard catch by senior Justin Brownell, following a turnover on downs by Marion County. After Ponce scored the Knights’ only  touchdown, Lexington Catholic would score yet again on a 67-yard run by junior running back Carter Gray. 

After the game, Athletic Director Robbie Peterson remarked that the team was “outmatched” by Lexington Catholic. He added that, even though they have played two of the better teams in the state over the last two weeks, he would like to be more competitive. 

When asked what the team needed to do to right the ship and get a win against Washington County next week before heading into the post season, he said that they need to “start working on the basics [and] focus on the fundamentals of football.” 

Next week, Marion County (3-6) plays host to rival Washington County (4-5) in the final game of the regular season. Washington County is coming off a 41-19 victory over Fort Knox (2-7).