Marengo High suffers 34-24 loss at hands of Millry

(Photo by Johnny Autery) Marengo RB Floyd Simmons (12) sprints to the outside for good yardage in action  against the Millry Wildcats.

(Photo by Johnny Autery)
Marengo RB Floyd Simmons (12) sprints to the outside for good yardage in action against the Millry Wildcats.

By JEREMY SELLERS

Special to The Watchman

DIXON’S MILLS — The Marengo Panthers made a run late, but it wasn’t in time on Friday night as they took a 35-24 loss to 1A Region 1 foe Millry.

Marengo’s defense held Millry to 163 yards of total passing and 120 rushing yards but that was too much as Marengo’s offense was held quite until the fourth quarter.
The Wildcats first score came via a 33 yard touchdown connection between quarterback Matthew Fincher and Daviontae Young. Brett Boykin nailed the extra point to give Millry a 7-0 lead at the 4:13 mark in the first quarter.

Marengo’s next possession ended after a fourth down snap went over the punters head. The miscue turned into six points for Millry when Fincher found Tristin Koen for the seven-yard hookup into the end zone. Boykin’s extra point was a success, giving Millry a 14-0 lead early in the second quarter.

At the 7:11 mark in the first half, Xavier Thornton punched the ball in from four yards out to extend the Millry lead to 20-0.

Millry added one more score before halftime when Fincher found Young once again for a 41-yard touchdown completion. Thornton scored on the two-point conversion to give Millry a 28-0 lead with three minutes left in the first half.

The Panthers got on the board as time ran off the clock in the first half when Cordarius Pritchett found Justice Irvin across the middle for a 10-yard touchdown completion. Travarious Harris scored on the two-point conversion attempt to leave the score at 28-8 in favor of Millry at halftime.

Millry’s only score in the second half came at the 8:30 mark in the third quarter. Fincher found Young for the third time on the night, this time from 38 yards out. Boykin added the extra point to give the Wildcats a 35-8 lead.

Harris found the end zone for the Panthers at the 6:43 mark in the fourth quarter to cut into Millry’s lead. He also tacked on the two-point conversion to cut that lead to 35-16.

Marengo’s final touchdown came with just over three minutes left in the contest when Pritchett kept the ball on a quarterback keeper for an 11-yard touchdown run. Harris added his third two-point conversion of the night to send the score to 35-24 in favor of Millry.

Marengo was unable to recover the onside kick which allowed Millry to run out the clock and escape with the win.

Marengo (1-3, 0-3) will play host to A.L. Johnson on Thursday night while Millry (4-0, 2-0) will take on Washington County at home, also on Thursday night.