Marion County Stops Grundy Co. , 49-22

Ricky Ross Era Begins at Marion

Friday, August 22, 2014 - by B.B. Branton

JASPER -- Running backs Josh Henderson and Blake Zeman combined for six touchdowns as host Marion County defeated Grundy County, 49-22, in the season opener for both teams as Rick Ross gained his first head coaching win.

Zeman scored on runs of 2, 56 and 13 yards, while Henderson scampered 43 and 3 yards on the ground and caught a 67 yard scoring toss from Bryce Massengale who was 4 of 7 for 89 yards passing on the night.

Zeman rushed for 132 yards on 13 carries, while Henderson gained all his 64 yards (4 carries) in the first half.

The victorious Warriors (1-0) led 28-0 at half and scored in every quarter.

Good Second Half: The Yellow Jackets (0-1) took the second half kickoff and quickly moved 70 yards in nine plays (2:26) as junior quarterback Houston Mainord hit Trey Hampton for the final 27 yards followed by a 2-point conversion.

After Zeman ran 66 yards for his second score to make it 35-8, Mainord once again moved the visitors on a long scoring drive of 78 yards in eight plays, capped by a 17 yard scoring pass to Trent Hampton to make it 35-15.

 The Warriors pushed their lead to 49-15 on touchdown runs by Zeman (9 yard run) and Jacob Saylors (8 yard run),  before Mainord, who threw for 232 yards on the night, connected with Logan Meeks for a 28 yard scoring pass and catch to make it 49-22.

"It was great to open the season with a win, but I was a little disappointed with our intensity to start the second half as Grundy moved the ball well to start the half," said coach Ross.

"Even if we are up big on the scoreboard we cannot let up. You have to be great every second, every play."

Kudos For Marion's O-LIne: "Our offensive line did a great job tonight opening the holes for us," said Henderson.

Second Half Effort: "We woke up in the second half and moved the ball well," said Grundy County coach Nick Bryant. "We are young and it showed in the first half. We made some adjustments at halftime and I am proud that we fought to the end.

Opening Prayer: A group of Marion County students led the fans in prayer before the game using a megaphone, thus did not use any school equipment or electricity.

Last 20 Games: The Warriors have won 16 of the last 20 games in the series, including the last three in a row ... Grundy's last win was 21-6 in 2011 at Grundy Co.

Good Defense: Interceptions - Hunter Zeman (Marion Co.

Statistics: First Downs: Marion County, 18, Grundy Co.16

Rushing: Marion County, 44 for 323 yards, Grundy County 20 for 59 yards

Passing: Grundy Co. (Houston Mainord) 19-33-1 for 232 yards 3 TDs,

 Marion Co. (Bryce Massengale) 4-7, 89 yards 1 TD

Fumbles/Lost: Marion Co. 4/0  Grundy Co. 1/0

Interceptions: Hunter Zeman (Marion Co.)

Marion County 49, Grundy Co. 22

Grundy Co 0 - 0 - 8 - 14 -- 22

Marion Co. 7 - 21 - 14 - 7 -- 49

Records: Marion County (1-0), Grundy County (0-1)

First Quarter

MC -  Blake Zeman 2 run (Christian Stephens kick), 7-0 15 plays, 65 yards

Second Quarter

MC-  Josh Henderson 43 run (Stephens kick), 14-0, 4 plays, 43 yards

MC - Henderson 3 run (Stephens kick) 21-0, 5 plays, 39 yards

MC - Henderson 63 pass from Bryce Massengale (Stephens kick), 28-0, 3 plays 63 yards

Third Quarter

GC - Christian Brown 3 pass from Houston Mainord (Trent Hampton pass from Trey Hampton), 28-8, 9 plays, 70 yards

MC - Zeman 56 run (Stephens kick), 35-8, 2 plays, 57 yards

GC-  Trent Hampton 17 pass from Mainord (Kevin Stewart kick), 35-15, 8 plays, 78 yards

MC- Zeman 13 run (Stephens kick), 42-15, 12 plays, 43 yards

Fourth Quarter

MC - Jacob Saylors 7 run (Stephens kick), 49-15 2 plays, 33 yards

GC - Logan Meeks 28 pass from Mainord (Stewart kick), 49-22, 10 plays, 80 yards

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