After a disappointing, mistake-filled loss to 6A Lawrence North, the Marion Giants started their conference schedule off on the right foot with a 45-6 triumph over longtime rival Kokomo.
The Giants’ defense played a significant role in the victory, holding the Wildkats to only 156 yards of total offense, and made several key plays to help the team overcome a sluggish start.
“We started off pretty slow, but our defense did a great job containing Kokomo,” Marion Head Coach Craig Chambers said. “The safety at the beginning was a momentum shifter for us, and then we kind of relaxed after that. It still wasn’t the first half I would have liked, but in the second half we put it together.
“Juan Carlos, Brendon, and Ayrees – they came in and played well. The other guys feed off them. It was a good situation, and [the defense] played pretty well.”
JK Thomas put together his best performance of the young season. He ran for a touchdown, threw a touchdown pass to Braxstin Delgado, caught a 38-yard touchdown pass from Keshaun Taylor, and iced the game with an 85-yard kickoff return. Taylor also had a 44-yard touchdown run, while Khalid Stamps also recorded a pair of touchdowns in the win.