High School Football

Marion’s quick start, defense too much for Whale Branch

A fast start helped Marion take control early in a second-round playoff game Friday night at Whale Branch Early College High School, and the Swamp Foxes got just enough offense — and a whole lot of defense — to take a 20-14 win over the Warriors.

The Swamp Foxes scored the first two times they touched the football, jumping out to a 14-0 lead in the first quarter. Kailik Faulk ran back the opening kickoff 70 yards for a score, and Ronnie King hit Marcus Bryant with a 62-yard touchdown pass on the first play of their next possession to put the Warriors in an early hole in their Class 2-A Division II matchup.

Stephon Eugene cut the deficit to 14-7 later in the first quarter, and Whale Branch’s defense helped keep the Swamp Foxes from breaking away. Jamel Moultrie’s 75-yard kickoff return to open the second half set up D.J. Davis’ 5-yard touchdown run to tie the game at 14, but Marion came up with an answer on its very next possession.

D’ante Allen’s 7-yard touchdown run capped an 11-play drive for the Swamp Foxes (9-3), and they wouldn’t allow the Warriors much room to move after that, advancing to the third round.

After their opening series of the second half, the Warriors (6-6) only made it into Marion territory one time the rest of the night.

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