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A slow and steady rain set the stage as the Marion County Knights opened their season by triumphing over the Green County Dragons in the Heart of Kentucky Pigskin Classic on Aug. 30.
The Knights slayed the Dragons, 33-0.
“It’s a great win. The kids have worked their butt off,” Interim Head Coach Matthew “Moo Moo” Mattingly said in the press box after the game.
Mattingly said Green County (0-1) was a formidable opponent and the Knights (1-0) went into the game worried about them. Despite that, he said Marion County came out on top.
“They brought something to the surface,” Mattingly said. “They played Marion County football tonight.”
Knights senior running back Jalen Powell scored two touchdowns in the third quarter. With Marion County leading 14-0, Powell scored his second touchdown on a handoff by Knights senior quarterback Hayden Taylor. Unfortunately, the PAT would be no good, leaving Marion County with a 20-0 lead.
With 7:09 remaining in the final quarter, the Knights would force a turnover and capitalize on it to score their final touchdown. They would miss the extra point.
Mattingly wanted to thank everyone for coming out and supporting the team.
“Tonight was a great win, they didn’t give up,” Mattingly said.
He also said the season and game was dedicated to Knights Coach Jeff Robbins and former Knight Kyle Edlin, who was injured in a car accident last year.
“They’re still part of this family,” Mattingly said.
He added, the Knights are Robbins’ team.
The game was the second of two hosted by Marion County High School. The first game was between the Bell County Bobcats and the Washington County Commanders.
The Bobcats won the contest, 41-13.
Friday, Sept. 5, Marion County will host the Bardstown Tigers (1-0) at 7:30 p.m. Bardstown defeated Campbellsville, 43-27, in its first game of the season.