BERRY - Marion County High School Red Raiders spoiled Berry’s homecoming game on Friday, Sept. 17.
A last-minute touchdown by the Red Raiders in regulation would send the game to overtime and Marion County would clinch the win 20-14.
Berry won the toss and elected to receive the opening kickoff. They returned the kick to the Wildcats’ 37-yard line to begin play. On the Wildcats’ first offensive play of the game, the Berry quarterback threw a pass that was tipped by the Marion County defense but pulled by a Wildcats receiver, who raced to the end zone for a 63-yard touchdown. The PAT was blocked by Red Raider Brooks Junkin, and the Wildcats took the early 6-0 lead with 11:37 remaining in the first quarter.
Marion County returned the ensuing kickoff to the Red Raiders’ 35-yard line. The Marion County offense had the ball four plays, but the Wildcats’ defense forced a punt attempt. It was blocked by Berry and the Wildcats recovered the ball.
The Wildcats’ offense returned to the field on the Berry 19-yard line. The Wildcats held the ball four plays but turned the ball over on downs when they could not convert on fourth and four at the Red Raiders’ 13-yard line.
The Marion County offense returned to the field on its 16-yard line. On the fourth play of the possession, Berry recovered a Marion County fumble on the Wildcats’ 27-yard line.
After the turnover, Berry took the field on its 27-yard line. On the third play of the drive, Marion County’s Xander Morrow intercepted the ball and returned it to the Red Raiders’ 42-yard line.
The Red Raiders were not able to take advantage of the turnover. On the first play of the Marion County drive, Ty Hydrick forced a fumble and recovered it for the Wildcats.
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