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From the Nov. 13, 2013 issue of The Journal
By Richard Harris
Marion County High School claimed its fourth straight region championship and wrapped up the regular season last Friday in grand style with a 68-0 thumping of the Talbotton Hawks in Eagle Stadium. The 9-1 Eagles will host the first round of the state playoffs on Friday, Nov. 22.
It was a great night for all of Eagle Nation, but it was especially sweet for the team’s 16 seniors.
“You know you’ve had a pretty good high school career when you can hold up four fingers for four region championships,” said Head Coach Mike Swaney in his speech after the game.
The Class of 2014 has indeed set the bar high.
The program began an upswing in 2008 with a 6-4 season and then went 7-4 in 2009. Mike Swaney took over as the head coach in 2010 when the current crop of seniors were freshmen. Over the last four years they have won four region titles together, had an undefeated regular season (2011), posted a total regular season record of 36-4, and gone 39-7 including playoff games.
It’s not a stretch to say that Marion County High School is quietly becoming the state’s newest football dynasty.
But they know one prize remains unclaimed.
“We want to do something else, don’t we guys?” Swaney asked the team after Friday’s victory. “We want to go where no other Marion County team has gone before and that’s all the way to the state championship.”
Coach Swaney said he believes the Eagles are as good as anyone else they will face in the playoffs, but noted that there are a lot of other very good teams they will have to beat to claim the state title.
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