Marmaton Valley finishes season with win against Southern Coffey County

LEROY — Although any hope of a playoff spot had already been dashed, the Marmaton Valley Wildcats closed out the 2017 season on a high note with a convincing 68-22 victory over Southern Coffey County. The contest ended with 7:24 left in the third period due to the eight-man mercy rule.

The Wildcats finished the season at 6-3 overall — their best record since posting a 10-1 mark in 2012. MVHS also wrapped up Eight Man I-District 1 action with a 3-2 mark, finishing just behind champion West Elk and runner-up St. Paul in the final standings.

“It was a great way to send out our seniors who put a lot into this program and have left their mark on it,” said MVHS coach Gavin Cole. “We will definitely miss their leadership and love for the game, but they also helped us elevate our program to a level where success should be maintained and expectations continually raised.”

Marmaton Valley finished the game with 298 total yards, including 295 on the ground with seven rushing touchdowns. Leading the way was Trevor Wilson with 22 carries for 197 yards and four scores.

The Wildcats grabbed control early. Justice Pugh scored on a seven-yard touchdown run, and that was followed up by a two-yard scoring run by Will Holeman to give MVHS a 14-0 lead.

Southern Coffey County made things interesting with back-to-back scores to take a 16-14 edge of its own. But from that point on, the game belonged to Marmaton Valley. Wilson returned the ensuing kickoff 71 yards for a score to give the Wildcats a 22-16 edge after one quarter of play.

That kickoff return was the start of 32 unanswered points by MVHS that included three straight touchdowns on runs of 13, two and 44 yards by Wilson. SCC scored just before the intermission, though, to cut the Marmaton Valley lead to 46-22 at the intermission.

Marmaton Valley put the finishing touch on the victory after the break. Wilson picked off a pass and returned it 20 yards for a score. After that, Wilson scored on a 13-yard touchdown run. The Wildcats ended the game on an 18-yard scoring scamper from Caiden Elliot.