(Universal City) – The Marion High School football team makes the short trek west to Universal City tonight in search of its third straight win in a District 13-3A-Division I matchup with the Randolph Ro-Hawks.
Both teams are 4-2 overall and 1-0 in district play. The Bulldogs, led by sixth-year head coach Bruce Salmon, rolled past Ingram-Moore for a 63-6 Homecoming win last Friday. Randolph, led by veteran head coach Pete Wesp, opened district with a 39-28 home victory over Luling.
The Ro-Hawks prefer to keep the ball on the ground in an option-based attack that produces 213.8 rushing yards per game. Running-back Alex Krauss (543 yds., 5 TD) and 6’2”, 220 lb running-back/ quarterback Justin Kaeka-Bacon (301 yds., 7 TD) have been the workhorses in the Randolph backfield this season.
The Randolph defense, allowing just 17 points per game, is anchored by Kaeka-Bacon at linebacker (64 tackles) and All-District defensive linemen Devin Oden and Jaden Maturey.
"They're a load up front, and we're going to have to double team them at the line of scrimmage, and count on playing the linebackers, and when we get to the linebackers, utilize a little bit of misdirection" Salmon said. "They get up in a gap, and then they challenge that gap and slant, so it's going to be a deal where our offensive line's going to be really tested early on."
Marion’s prolific offense has piled up averages of 45.3 points and 418.2 total yards per outing. Quarterback Tayler Mills (1,121 total yards, 15 TD), tailback Jacob Berry (696 rushing yds., 12 total TD), and the receiver trio of Jacob Wallace (319 yds., 3 TD), Jackson Allen (313 yds., 5 TD), and Nathan Newman (247 yds., 3 TD) will give the Ro-Hawks a number of options to account for.
Tonight’s kickoff in Universal City is slated for 7:30 p.m. A complete interview with Salmon can be heard during the Bulldog Report on KWED 1580 AM and Seguintoday.com between 6:30 and 7:00.