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Marion's Tayler Mills lights up the scoreboard as Bulldogs prepare for playoffs

It was just another day at the office last Friday night for the Marion Bulldogs in what was a 49-20 thrashing of the Cotulla Cowboys on Senior Night.

Senior quarterback Tayler Mills went out with a bang, as it was the final game in Veterans Stadium for many other seniors on the squad as well. Mills was responsible for every single score, as he finished with a total of seven touchdowns — six through the air and one on the ground.

All three of his senior receivers —Jackson Allen, Jacob Wallace, and Junior Zach Goodwin — had their fair share of spectacular plays.

Allen and Goodwin had two touchdowns respectively, and they both had “Randy Moss” like snags in the endzone against a helpless Cowboy secondary.

Wallace also contributed with a big 4th down grab against two defenders in the endzone from 37 yards out.

The Bulldog defense also made their presence felt against Cotulla.

Senior defensive end, Tucker Walters, had one heck of a game, with several tackles in the backfield and capping it all off with a sneaky interception on a lazy screen pass.

Other standouts included junior safety Cade Baumann and sophomore linebacker Jayden Williams as both of these underclassman were all over the field for the entirety of the contest.

With Marion capturing another district victory, they now sit at 8-1(5-0) heading into their final regular season game of the year against the Lytle Pirates on the road.

Marion can clinch an undefeated district title next week against Lytle 

As of right now, after week 10, the 3A Division 1 District 15 standings look like this:

1. Marion 8-1 (5-0)

2. Cole 8-1 (4-1)

3. Jourdanton 7-2 (4-1)

4. Randolph 4-5 (2-3)

5. Lytle 4-5 (2-3)

6. Cotulla 3-7 (1-5)

7. Karnes City 1-8 (0-5)

As it stands, Marion, Cole, and Jourdanton have all clinched a playoff berth. If Lytle falls to Marion this coming week, then there will be no postseason action for the Pirates.

This will automatically send Randolph to the playoffs as the 4th seed, where the Ro-Hawks will match up with the 1st seed George West Longhorns from District 16-3A.

As for the Bulldogs, having earned their back-to-back district titles and claiming the number one seed, they will more than likely be squaring off with the 4th seed Aransas Pass Panthers from District 16 in the bi-district round of the 2018 playoffs.

If the Dogs take down the Pirates flag next week, the Marion squad will be celebrating yet another undefeated district run.

This Bulldogs team is a very rare “breed”, and their success, as well as their bark, lies within.

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