A playoff spot could be on the line when the Tazewell Bulldogs host the Marion
Scarlet Hurricane in the Back of the Dragon Bowl.
The Scarlet Hurricane comes into the game with a 3-4 record having lost to Richlands 30-6 in their last outing. Tazewell stands 2-5 and was defeated 46-26 at Fort Chiswell last week.
Marion stands eight in the current Region 2D standings while Tazewell is 10th.
The top eight teams at season’s end qualify for the regional playoffs. Marion finishes the season with games against Va. High and Graham while Tazewell faces Grundy and Lebanon.
Marion won last year’s game 48-27 but the all time series favors Tazewell 40-26 with two ties. Tazewell Coach J’mie Harris said at the Oct. 18 press conference to promote the game that Tazewell won the first game back in 1941 but Marion has won seven of the last eight.
The Bulldogs are 68 games above 500 all time at 475-407 with 29 ties while
Marion stands at 411-449 with 40 ties all time.
This year’s game could be a tossup with both teams having a lot of young standouts in the lineup. Tazewell features the running of sophomore Chancellor Harris and freshman Mike Jones.
Josiah Jordan is a versatile player, who is a threat to run, catch or throw the ball. This is the last home game for the Bulldogs and the will honor five seniors prior to kickoff.
Marion crosses the mountain with 10 seniors on its roster and led by a junior quarterback. Tanner Tate, 6’ 215 is near the top of the district in touchdown passes and classmate Devin Hamm, who goes 6’2”, 185 is his favorite receiver. Those two hooked up for a score in last year’s game.
Nick Reese and Easton Medley, a pair of seniors get the bulk of the handoffs in the Hurricane’s spread formation. Will Moss, 6’3”, 285 is the defensive leader for Marion.
The winner gets the Dragon Bowl trophy and bragging rights for another year.