Mavericks blank Warriors, 36-0

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IL falls to 0-4

By Eric Rowell

INDIAN LAND – Opportunistic Marvin Ridge made the most of Indian Land mistakes on the way to a 36-0 win over the Warriors at the IL Reservation on Friday night.

Indian Land turned the ball over four times and had key major penalties to keep the Warriors at bay.

The Warriors’ opening possessions resulted in a pair of turnovers, an interception and a fumble.

The Indian Land defense responded, holding the Mavericks to six points.

MRHS running back Yasupha Napier scored on a three-yard run to give the Mavs an early edge.

IL’s Chad Thomas blocked the extra-point kick with 11:55 left in the second period.

“Our defense played the best they played all season,” IL coach Mike Mayer. “We had some good defensive stands and forced a turnover.

“We had too many penalties and too many mistakes, but we still played hard every play,” Mayer said. “We played a good football game tonight despite the score.”

Marvin Ridge’s Jacob Henderson scored on a 40-yard run with 8:48 to play in the half to give the 4-1 Mavs a 13-0 lead after Tyler Cochran’s kick.

The Mavs’ scoring drive covered 52 yards in three plays.

MRHS extended its lead to 16-0 before the half as Cochran drilled a 31-yard field goal.

Indian Land opened the second half, taking a turnover and mounting a promising drive.

IL drove to the MRHS 16 before the Mavs stopped the threat on downs.

“We moved the ball well on offense,” Mayer noted. “Chris Barnes had some good catches and freshman Austin Gordon ran the ball well.”

Marvin Ridge moved in for a touchdown, marching 78 yards in 11 snaps, with Napier tallying on a three-yard run.

Indian Land stopped the two-point conversion to leave the score at 22-0 with 4:45 to go in the third period.

The Warriors, who dipped to 0-4, moved the ball behind the passing of quarterback George Morris, who connected with Barnes on 91 of his 119 receiving yards. Barnes had catches of 31 and 34 yards on second-half drives.

Marvin Ridge ran its lead to 29-0 as Turner Schwartz hit Carter Hill on a 30-yard touchdown pass. Cochran drilled the kick at the 8:24 mark of the final period.

The Mavs’ final points came on a 70-yard scoring run by Justin Titgen and Cochran added the kick for the 36-0 win.

Mayer said the Warriors battled to the final play.

“I feel good about our kids’ attitudes,” Mayer said. “We are slowly getting better. Our backs are against the wall and all we can do it count on each other.”

 Indian Land hits the rode Friday as the Warriors travel to McBee to face the winless Panthers, who fell to 0-4 with a 52-32 home loss to North Central.