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Marion to play for
State Championship

We have two photo galleries from the game: Gallery 1 | Gallery 2
Eagles battle back to
blowout Pelham in Semi

From the Dec. 11, 2019 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   Get ready for a "Trip to the Ship" Eagle Nation! The Marion County High School football team will face Irwin County in the Class A State Championship Game this Saturday, December 14 in Georgia State Stadium (formerly Turner Field) in Atlanta. Kickoff is set for 10 a.m., so get there in plenty of time to park and get to your seat.
   The Eagles are 11-2 and Region 4A Champions, while the Irwin County Indians are 12-0 and Region 2A Champions.
   Irwin County ended the regular season at No. 1 in the State Power Ratings, while Marion County was No. 4. However, the Indians are ranked No. 1 in various state polls, while the Eagles have been unranked in most of them.
   Marion County is back in the title game for the first time since winning it all in 2013. Irwin County has made it to the title game three of the last four years, but lost to rival Clinch County each time.
   Marion County is basically entering the Championship Game as the proverbial David about to face Goliath. However, the Eagles have been underdogs in several of their recent games, but they just keep on winning.
   MCHS Head Coach Chris Kirksey said his team has proven that it deserves to have a shot at the top prize and they aren't planning to simply "go" to the Championship Game – they're going to play for the state title.
   "The resilience of this team is just amazing," he said. "They ... The rest of the story.

Jamil King makes a one-handed
catch in the Semi-Final win over Pelham.

From the Dec. 11, 2019 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
   The Marion County High Eagles stung the Pelham Hornets for 22 points in the final quarter to turn a close game into a 42-25 blowout win last Friday in the State Semi-Final at Eagle Stadium. The Eagles improve to 11-2 and advance to the State Championship Game, while the 11-2 Hornets' season is over.
   It was a close game most of the way, with the visitors even having the advantage for much of the time. It was tied 7-7 after the first quarter and Pelham led 19-14 at halftime. The Eagles still trailed, 20-25, heading into the fourth quarter.
   That's when the Eagles' mantra of "Keep Playing" paid off in a big way, as they scored 22 unanswered points in front of a huge crowd (which contrary to some other media reports ... The rest of the story.