Late stand gives Indians victory
Marked Tree - An on and off drizzle all night made for a good football game as the Indians had a big defensive stand in the closing seconds to secure a 28-22 victory over Cedar Ridge.
Jagger McCrary guided the Indians (2-1, 1-1 2A-3) to their first score. He hit Taylor Wages for a 62-yard touchdown pass with 9:02 left in the first quarter for a 6-0 lead. Darius Ivy scored the first of his two touchdowns on night with a 38-yard run. McCrary and Wages hooked up again for the two-point pass conversion to make the score 14-0 with 5:44 still left in the first. Cedar Ridge scored its first touchdown with 9:00 left in the second quarter to cut the lead to 14-6. Marked Tree's Bryant Anderson pushed the lead back to 14 with an 11-yard touchdown run. The Timberwolves cut the lead back to six with a touchdown right before the half setting the score at 20-14.
Cedar Ridge took the lead 22-20 on a 57-yard touchdown run and a successful two-point conversion. The Indians would take the ball and go on a 15 play, 90-yard drive for the winning score. Ivy scored on a six-yard run and added the two-point run to give Marked Tree a 28-22 lead. Cedar Ridge made one last charge only to see Ivy knock down a pass on a fourth and ten play to seal the win for the Indians.
Coach Waylon Dunn added after the game, "We haven't seen anyone run the spread this year and we made the adjustments at half for that."
Marked Tree will host McCrory in a 2A-3 game Friday.