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A long night for the Knights

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By Jesse Osbourne

Green County handed Marion County its worst loss of the season Friday night in Greensburg as the Dragons beat Marion County, 42-21.

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The 21-point margin ties for the worst loss of the season, the first coming at the hands of undefeated John Hardin.

"I think some kids worried about themselves more so than the team. We didn't play hard for the most part," Knights Head Coach Jeff Robbins said.

The Knights found themselves buried several times against the Dragons.

Green County jumped out to a 20-0 lead before halftime, riding the arm of quarterback Chavis McDermott. The junior slung three touchdown passes including a 20-yard strike to Cody Houchens.

The Knights wouldn't go quietly into the locker before the half, scoring on a rambling 36-yard run by junior Jeremy Mattingly. The Knights were down 20-7 with 3:20 to go in the second quarter.

Marion County would stop the Dragons and get the ball back, seemingly gaining some momentum. Any momentum vanished after a Ryan Peterson pass was picked off and returned 50-yards for a touchdown by Houchens to put the Dragons up 28-7 at the half. 

With two turnovers already, the Knights were facing an uphill climb.

"We put them in good situations," Robbins said. "We wound up with five turnovers. We won't win any football games doing that."

McDermott would wreak havoc on the Knights again in the second half, scampering 60-yards for a touchdown to put the Dragons up 35-7 with 10:22 to play in the third. 

It would take the Knights the rest of the third quarter but they would score again on a 31-yard pass from Jordan Bell to Buster Hazelwood as time expired. They finished the third quarter down 35-14.

Two interceptions by Green County freshman Kenny Banks would keep the Knights off the scoreboard in the fourth quarter until Hazelwood scooped up a fumble and ran it back 50-yards for a touchdown. The score put the Knights behind 35-21 with 2:16 to play. 

Looking to close the gap, the Knights stumbled again when McDermott broke free for a 48-yard touchdown on a fake punt with 1:39 to go in the game. The score would put the Dragons up 42-21. 

"I thought we played selfishly again," Robbins said. "I thought we played unfocused football Friday night. We did not do the things we needed to do to deserve to win." 

The Knights finished with 31 passing yards, completing only one out of 11 attempts. They rushed for nearly 300 yards as a team but Hazelwood failed to get 100 yards. The Knights fall to 0-5 when Hazelwood misses the century mark. 

Hazelwood did, however, eclipse the 1000-yard mark for the season against Green County. According to Robbins, he now has 1050 yards on the season. 

Bell led the rushing attack with 113 yards on 15 carries.