Marion County Football

Red Raiders shut out in Round 1 loss to Panthers - Mars Hill 55, Marion County 0

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) blocks the Mars Hill extra-point attempt to keep the score at 34-0 in the first half. Pyron finished with 14 runs for 48 yards and pulled in two passes for 36 yards on offense.

FLORENCE - Marion County was shut out for the first time all season in the Alabama High School Athletic Association’s Class 1A State Playoffs First Round by Mars Hill 55-0.
The loss dropped Marion County to 7-4 on the year after the Red Raiders finished 4-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The victory improved Mars Hill to 10-1 overall after the Panthers finished a perfect 6-0 in Region 8.


Red Raiders end regular season with blowout win - Marion County 42, Berry 18

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) reaches out across the goal line for a touchdown against Berry. Pyron finished with five receptions for 77 yards and the score. (Photo by Shelly Berry)

GUIN - Marion County ended the regular season with a 42-18 victory over  Fayette County rival Berry on Friday, Oct. 26.
With the win, the Red Raiders improved to 7-3 overall and 4-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Wildcats ended their season at 2-8 overall and 2-5 in Region 6.
Red Raider head coach Kyle Williams noted that six Marion County players found the end zone in the victory.

Defensive effort keeps Red Raiders’ playoff hopes alive - Marion County 28, Meek 6

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) pulls the Meek defender along for the ride.

ARLEY - Marion County pulled away in the fourth quarter against Meek on the back of three fourth-quarter interceptions to earn the 28-6 Red Raider victory on Friday, Oct. 19.
The win improved the Red Raiders to 6-3 on the season and 3-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The loss dropped the Tigers to 3-6 overall and 1-5 in Region 6.
“It wasn’t pretty, but we will take it,” third-year Marion County head coach Kyle Williams said following the game. “We had too many penalties and negative plays that kept us from doing what we wanted to in the first three quarters.

Fifth-ranked Stallions beat Red Raiders - South Lamar 55 - Marion County 31

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) races by the South Lamar defense and in for a touchdown. The sophomore finished with 215 rushing yards in the loss.

GUIN - Marion County suffered its third loss of the season when South Lamar defeated the Red Raiders 55-31 on Friday, Oct. 12.
The loss dropped Marion County to 5-3 overall and 2-3 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Alabama Sports Writers Association’s fifth-ranked Stallions improved to 7-0 overall and 5-0 in Region 6.
Marion County received the opening kickoff and was unable to get anything going offensively and punted to South Lamar.
The Stallions drove 67 yards in six plays to get the team’s first score of the contest.

Red Raiders fall a yard short

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) pulls away from the Hubbertville defense and goes into the end zone. Belk scored three times and rolled up 179 yards rushing in the loss.

HUBBERTVILLE - Marion County lost to Hubbertville 28-20 on Friday, Oct. 5, after the Red Raiders saw their final drive go down to the 1-yard line.
Marion County had first-and-goal at the 1-yard line with less than a minute on the clock as the team suffered its second one-score loss on the season.
The Red Raiders fell to 5-2 overall and 2-2 in Class 1A, Region 6. Hubbertville improved to 5-1 overall and 3-1 in Region 6 play.


Red Raiders hold on to beat Sulligent

Marion County senior Braden Pyron (2) pulls away from Sulligent defenders on a kick return. Also shown is Darese Smith (10).

GUIN - A tale of two halves led to Marion County claiming a 23-14 victory over Class 2A Sulligent on Friday, Sept. 28.
The Red Raiders (5-1, 2-1) held a 20-point advantage at the end of the opening half. The Blue Devils (2-4, 1-2) scored 14 points in the second half while Marion County converted on a 44-yard field goal attempt to cap off the 23-14 victory.
Following the Red Raiders’ fifth victory of the season, head coach Kyle Williams saw areas that needed improvement, despite defeating the larger school.


Red Raiders lose heartbreaker to Tornadoes

Marion County’s Deuce Belk (6) follows blocks by Josh Rhudy (57), DJ Tidwell (76) and Brandon Espinoza (75) on a quarterback keeper.

REFORM - An unsuccessful extra-point attempt and a blocked field goal made all the difference in the world on Friday night, Sept. 21, as Marion County fell 7-6 to the Alabama Sports Writers Association’s Class 1A’s ninth-ranked Pickens County.
The loss marked the first setback for Marion County this season as the Red Raiders dropped to 4-1 overall and 2-1 in Class 1A, Region 6. The Tornadoes improved to 3-1 overall and 3-0 in Region 6 play.


Red Raiders remain perfect; Brilliant suffers second region loss

Marion County’s Tyler Thomas (11) reaches out to grab Brilliant quarterback Kade Bryant (11) as he fumbles the ball. Thomas was able to recover the fumble and race to the end zone for a 15-yard scoop-and-score to extend the Red Raiders’ lead to 49-6 just four minutes into the third quarter.

GUIN - Marion County defeated longtime county rival Brilliant 49-14 at Don Jones Field at Bill Rayburn Stadium on Friday, Sept. 14.
These two schools are each others’ longest running rivalry with 86 matchups between them. Marion County holds the advantage with a 44-37-5 record.
The victory improved the Red Raiders to 4-0 overall and 2-0 in Class 1A, Region 6 while the loss dropped the Tigers to 1-2 overall and 0-2 in Region 6 action.


Red Raiders stay perfect - Marion County 24, Lynn 12

Marion County quarterback Deuce Belk (6) launches a pass against Lynn in the first Class 1A, Region 6 contest of the season. Contributed photo by Jesse Lamar

LYNN - Marion County capitalized on miscues from Lynn to pick up the Red Raiders’ first Class 1A, Region 6 victory of the year with a 24-12 win over the Bears.
The visiting Red Raiders, who are now 3-0 on the season, controlled the tempo of the matchup with their run game and a stout defensive effort to limit the Bears' offensive production.