Early mistakes costly in Hawks’ loss to Marion

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Football team drops to 3-4 on the season

By Ron Benningfield

Marion County High School’s varsity football team mangled LaRue 63-20 Friday night at Lebanon.

The Class 4A, District Four powerhouse scored two unanswered touchdowns in the first quarter, lit the scoreboard for 28 more points in the second period and added 14 unanswered points in the third period.

LaRue outscored the Knights 8-7 in the final quarter after gaining its other 12 points on two touchdowns in the second quarter.

“We played very bad against a very good team; that’s what it boils down to,” said LaRue’s head coach Rodney Armes whose Hawks dropped to 3-4 overall, 0-2 in the district. “I don’t think we ever gave up; we just made some early mistakes that got us into a big hole.”

Marion started its scoring frenzy with 9:39 remaining in the first period when junior running back Dylan Peterson ran the ball in from two yards out. Mark Corbett’s kick put them up 7-0. Peterson tallied another TD with 3:49 remaining in the same quarter when he ran the ball in from the Hawks’ eight. Corbett’s kick again was good.

LaRue County junior fullback Ryan Wafford put the Hawks on the scoreboard for the first time on a three-yard touchdown run with 7:15 remaining before intermission. The Hawks, who earlier had seen their offensive drives sputter out, sustained a 53-yard, 11-play drive that ended in the touchdown. The PAT missed its mark.

The Knights (5-1, 1-1), who had scored less than a minute into the second period, took advantage of a bungled Hawks’ punt, highlighted by an 18-yard scoring run with 5:13 remaining in the first half.  

On its next possession, LaRue’s offensive attack climaxed when junior quarterback Lucas Chaudoin connected with senior wideout Tyler Hornback on a scoring pass play that covered 56 yards with 4:07 showing on the second quarter clock.  LaRue’s conversion pass was incomplete as Marion County went into halftime intermission leading 42-12.

In the third quarter, Marion scored twice on respective runs of 28 and six yards with both PATs good. The Hawks’ final score came with 1:20 remaining in the game when senior Travis Crim snared a pass from sophomore Robert Gatton and, from 17-yards out, ran the ball into the end zone. Gatton ran for the last two Hawks’ points.

Marion County won the ground battle, grinding up 387 yards to 95 for LaRue. For the battered Hawks, who had six regulars out of the lineup with injuries, Drew Newberry carried the ball 11 times for 37 yards, Bernard Ray 5-21, Alex Lee 8-19, Lincoln Bingham 3-17, Cody Williams 2-8, Wafford 4-6, Robert Benjamin 1-3, Shaquille Cox 2-2, Joey Brown 1-(-2), Gatton 1-(-3), and Chaudoin 4-(-12).

The Hawks gained 239 yards passing to the Knight’s 12. Hornback snared five passes for 117 yards, Caleb Cobb 3-41, Lee 1-41, Bingham 1-19, Crim 1-17, and Cox 1-4.

Chaudoin completed 10 of 25 passes with three interceptions for 203 yards. Gatton made good two of two aerials with no interception for 36 yards.

LaRue suffered 25 yards in three penalties. Marion County players committed 12 infractions costing 110 yards.

The Hawks lost their only fumble. Marion fumbled twice, losing one possession.

“The kids will tell you they didn’t play as well as they could have,” said Armes, “but, we’ve got to move on and look ahead to the next game.”

LaRue hosts Elizabethtown Friday at 7:30 p.m.