The homecoming game is always one of the most anticipated games of the year, an important game for any team to win in the name of school spirit. And this year the Marionville Comets didn't just win their homecoming game, they dominated it. The Comets used a 42-point first quarter to roll to a 61-6 victory over conference foe Pleasant Hope last week to improve to 4-2 overall on the season.
The home team got off to a good start on the opening kickoff, as senior Wiley Wycuff returned the kick to the 50-yard line. From there the Comets needed just two plays to score: a 30-yard run by junior Alex Gracia and a 20-yard stroll by junior Josh Goodman to the end zone. Gracia then kicked the extra point to put Marionville up 7-0 with less than a minute off the game clock.
Pleasant Hope's first drive of the game made it to the Marionville 25-yard line before Gracia came up with a pick-six, returning his interception 75 yards to score the second touchdown of the night and take a 13-0 lead.
The Comets would then field an onside kick in Pirate territory, setting up a 44-yard pass from senior Ryan Mayberry to classmate Jake Redus for first and goal. Sophomore Jeremy Vickers took it from there, running it in for the Comets' third touchdown with 9:22 still on the clock for the first quarter and the score 19-0 in the home team's favor.
Marionville would score three more touchdowns in a first quarter that lasted nearly an hour -- a seven-yard run by Gracia, a 45-yard pass from Mayberry to Redus and a 99-yard pick-six by junior Laythen Utke. By the end of the first period, the Comets led their Mid-Lakes Conference opponent by a score of 42-0.
Another Pleasant Hope turnover early in the second quarter led to a seventh Marionville touchdown, as senior Lane Jennings picked off a pass to give the Comets possession again, and Mayberry would eventually finish off the drive with a two-yard scoring run. A Gracia PAT made more difficult after a penalty was good, giving Marionville a 49-point advantage.
By the next drive for the home team, the starters gave way to the second-string. But the Comets weren't done scoring, as sophomore Will Addison added a 23-yard touchdown run to the score sheet to make it 55-0.
That score would stand until halftime and into the fourth quarter, as neither team could find the end zone in the third.
Pleasant Hope finally put points on the board with 8:23 to go in the fourth quarter with a 10-yard scoring pass to make it 55-6. But Marionville answered five minutes later with a third pick-six play of the night, this time a 55-yard score by freshman Kyle Brattin.
The 61-6 victory gave Marionville a 2-1 record in conference play after six weeks of the regular season. The Comets will look to pick up their third conference win this week with a road trip to Fair Grove on Friday.