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By Jerry Richmond, Sports Staff Writer

Maybe the Trousdale County Yellow Jackets were looking for some postseason payback, or maybe they were just better than Marion County.

Both were correct Friday night as the Yellow Jackets (8-3) thumped the Warriors (3-7) 41-8 on the Creekbank in the first round of the playoffs.

Marion County had ended Trousdale’s season last year with a win in the second round of the playoffs.

Chris Gregory / Hartsville Vidette
Trousdale County Keyvont Baines (8) muscles his way past a Marion County defender for one of his two rushing touchdowns Friday. The Yellow Jackets won 41-8 to open the first round of the TSSAA playoffs.

“It was a great first-round win,” said Jackets coach Brad Waggoner. “I’m proud of our kids for coming out and taking care of business. Now it’s on to the second round.”

Marion County started the game with the ball inside its 20 after mishandling the kickoff. After going three and out, the punt was blocked by Trousdale senior Houston Stafford. Junior Jay’dynn Hayward scooped up the ball at the 4-yard line and scored a touchdown, becoming the 13th Trousdale player to find the end zone this season.

Sophomore Heath Chasse’s kick gave the hosts a 7-0 less than two minutes into the game.

The score would remain that way until the second quarter, when the Jackets went up 14-0 on a 2-yard run by senior quarterback Keyvont Baines with 7:52 remaining.

On Trousdale’s next possession, Baines found sophomore Jayden Hicks alone in the secondary for a 29-yard catch-and-run touchdown to give the Jackets a 21-0 edge.

Marion County got on the board just before halftime as senior quarterback Toney Sampson sneaked it in from the 1 with 19 seconds remaining before halftime. A two-point conversion pass failed and the Jackets took a 21-6 lead into the locker room.

On the first play from scrimmage in the second half, senior Dyson Satterfield went right and dashed 65 yards to the end zone to make it a 28-6 game.

Satterfield would add a 6-yard scoring run on the next possession and Trousdale County led 35-6 with 8:39 remaining in the third quarter.

Marion County would add a safety later in the quarter after tackling sophomore Sebastian Linarez in the end zone. The Jackets had started that drive backed up inside their 5 after Baines picked off a Sampson pass.

Baines would add the game’s final score in the fourth quarter, going left and outracing the defense for a 48-yard touchdown. A two-point try failed, leaving the final score at 41-8.

Satterfield finished with his seventh 100-yard rushing effort of the season, totaling 126 yards and two TDs on 11 carries.

Baines added nine runs for 77 yards and two scores, while also completing three of six passes for 70 yards, a touchdown and an interception. The senior also recorded a pair of interceptions on defense.

Senior Jake Gregory led the defense with 12 tackles (two for loss) and a sack. Hayward had his best game as a Yellow Jacket, recording nine tackles (three for loss), a sack and a touchdown on special teams. Senior Noah Hrobsky added eight tackles (two for loss) and a sack, while Stafford and sophomore Cameron Rankins had seven tackles each.

Marion County still leads the overall season with Trousdale County 3-2.