Marion County looks for deep run in playoffs

August 25, 2013 

Coach: Mike Swaney, fourth season 30-6

Assistant coaches: Richard McCorkle, offensive coordinator, Mike Swaney, defensive coordinator, Billy Law, Kalvin Baker, Wayne Johnson, Trey Reeves, Harry Jaynes, Luke Jernigan, Willie Williams

Homefield: Eagle Stadium

2012 record: 9-3, lost 39-21 to Wilcox County in the GHSA Class A state quarterfinals

Region: 4-AGood news: For three seasons under coach Mike Swaney, the Eagles have been about as consistently good as you can be. They won 10 games in 2010, 11 in 2011 and nine in 2012, reaching the second round of the playoffs each year (the second round was the quarterfinal in 2012). The good news is that Marion County isn't going to forget how to win football games. It may break in new starters and there may be a learning curve at times, but this program is a proven winner.

Bad news: It still hasn't solidified itself among the state's elite, even if it has in the region. It has never made it further than a state quarterfinal and must find a way to take the next step if it truly is going to become a perennial power in Class A football.

Our take: Anything less than nine or 10 wins and a playoff appearance would be a bit of a surprise. It only returns half its starters, but Marion County is senior heavy on defense and has proven it can win consistently under Swaney.

-- David Mitchell

2013 schedule

Aug. 29 at Terrell County 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 6 Kendrick 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 20 Miller County 7:30 p.m.

Sept. 27 at Greenville 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 4 at Schley County 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 11 Pacelli 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 18 Dooly County 7:30 p.m.

Oct. 25 at Brookstone 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 1 at Hawkinsville 7:30 p.m.

Nov. 8 Central-Talbotton 7:30 p.m.

2012 results

Aug. 31 Terrell County W, 24-12

Sept. 7 Kendrick W, 21-20 (OT)

Sept. 21 Miller County L, 20-7

Sept. 28 Greenville W, 28-21

Oct. 5 Schley County W, 69-21

Oct. 12 Pacelli W, 35-0

Oct. 19 Dooly County W, 12-7

Oct. 26 Brookstone L, 35-28

Nov. 2 Hawkinsville W, 31-14

Nov. 9 Central-Talbotton W, 79-0

*Nov. 23 Charlton County W, 31-12

* Nov. 30 Wilcox County L, 39-21

* Playoffs

ROSTER

No. Name

1 Lorenzo Smothers

2 Mykelle Burton

3 KeyShawn Baker

4 Derrick Lawrence

5 Maurice Carter

6 Kabron Ellison

7 Jatavious Brown

8 Johnny Royal

9 Roderick Love

10 Anfernee Fudge

11 William Long

12 DeQuavious Mitchell

14 Trae Swanson

15 A.J. Martinez

16 Dustin Eckert

17 David Kelly

18 Shavon Harris

19 Kwentez Thomas

20 Trajan Josey

21 Marquis Thomas

23 Corey Johnon

24 Roderick Bishop

26 Derrick Thornton

27 Vincent Ta

28 Bryson Murray

30 Jacob Dixon

31 Austin Brannon

32 Terence Riley

33 A.J. Wells

34 Jaquie Gorman

35 Quntavis Clark

40 Hayden Gray

44 Brandon Green

46 Dylan Aderhold

50 Dillon Stuffel

52 Antonio Vazquez

53 Dekwon Moses

55 Thomas Hadley

56 Clifton Holloman

58 Demarco Ashe

59 Dustin Pickren

62 Jordan Tillman

63 Michael Tyler

64 Sam Zamnuik

65 Joel Barley

66 Lonnie Taylor

67 Tray Smith

70 Quantez Freeman

72 Cody Highnote

74 Hunter O'Neal

75 Cameron Cox

76 Kristian Martinez

78 Step'von Fudge

81 Matt Dennis

84 Jessie Dobbins

85 Joey Garrett

86 Jomar Arce

88 Daryl Ragland

89 Corey Greene

99 Kadarrius Hartage

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