The youth of the Yellow Jackets was again a big factor as they lost 41-6 to a very good and experienced Marion County Warriors team. Grundy fell to 0-2 on the season while Marion improved to 2-0.
“We played a very good team tonight with a lot of experience. Coach Ricky Ross showed nothing but class and sportsmanship tonight by not keeping his foot on the gas and allowing us to get some much needed, quality reps. I can’t say enough about such a great show of sportsmanship. It really shows his understanding of where we are as a program.
“We struggled a lot early in the game with mistakes and we are going to work hard on correcting the mistakes. Five turnovers in six minutes is going to be hard to overcome regardless of who you’re playing, but against a quality opponent like Marion, you really have dug a deep hole. These players are just going to have to keep battling through those mistakes and get more reps so we can eliminate them. We had some player victories in the game and I was able to see improvement for several of our guys. The big touchdown pass in the fourth quarter by Hagen was a great morale boost for our team. We are looking forward to beginning region play and will continue to work hard as a team and coaching staff to improve,” said Coach Casey Tate.
Marion County burned up the scoreboard with all 41 points in the first quarter. The Warriors scored on runs of 1, 4, 5, and 1 yard, along with a fumble return and covering up a blocked punt.
The Jackets broke their drought on the scoreboard with 5:00 remaining in the game on a 63-yard touchdown pass from Hagen Cash to Tray Fults. The two-point conversion failed making the final 41-6.
Cash and Fults led the offense with that 63-yard pass and reception. Castro added two kickoff returns for 66 yards. James McDaniel had 31 yards of rushing on five carries and a 21-yard kickoff return. Kevin Castro notched 11 on five and Josh Wingo gained 10 on one carry.
Wingo led the way for the defense with seven tackles and two more for a loss. Dewayne Grooms, Travis Cunningham, James McDaniel ad Kevin Castro made five tackles each. Corbin Lusk added three stops.
“The kids never stopped trying tonight. We had some kids make some plays and show the coaches some things. We’re going to build on that and we’re going to keep working hard. We need the community and the students to get behind us and help push us to be better. These kids need as much support as possible,” said Coach Tate.
The Jackets host Cannon County this Friday. The Lions are also 0-2 on the season with a 53-14 loss to Community High School in the opening game and a 47-0 loss to Jackson County last week.
It’s very simple Yellow Jacket fans. The kids and the program need you behind them to improve and build the future. The Jackets need you to….Get out to the game!