Pickens County advances after steamrolling Marion County in playoff duel

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By WVUA 23 Sports Student Reporter Jeremy Bryant

The Pickens County Tornadoes had their sights set on one thing and that was to win and advance. The team entered Friday night as it hosted the Marion County Red Raiders.

The game got off to a good start after a big opening kickoff return near midfield. Then the game started to go downhill. A couple plays later, the Red Raiders were intercepted giving the Tornadoes their first opportunity to strike. Quarterback Demarkis Giles threw a perfect pass to Xzavian Hood and snagged the ball over two defenders to get on the score board first.

The offense continued to flourish in the first half after a three-and-out from the Red Raiders. The team fired up the point quickly once again after Giles launched another deep pass, but this time he went to Zachary Boone at the back of the end zone.

The Tornadoes seemed like they had everything wrapped up when the Red Raiders struck back with an interception by Dalyce Floyd. He turned on the jets and took it all the way to the end zone for a pick-six to cut into the deficit.

The Red Raiders would score once more however, the Tornadoes started to churn and continued to pull away with the victory. The Tornadoes scored more points and punched their ticket to the next round of the playoffs with the 40-14 win as the road to a region championship still lies ahead.

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