JOHNSONVILLE, S.C. – It didn’t take long for first-year coach Randall State to get his first win with the Marion. The Swamp Foxes won their season opener on the road at Johnsonville Thursday night 28-8.
Marion junior running back Qualik Crawford led the way with a pair of touchdowns. Crawford got the Swamp Foxes on the board early with quarterback D’Vonte Allen evading the rush and tossing a 56-yard touchdown pass into his hands, giving Marion at 7-0 lead at the 8:36 mark in the first quarter.
Johnsonville closed the opening quarter with a 73-yard drive reaching the Swamp Foxes’ six-yard line. However, Marion’s goal-line defense held firm and linebacker Ky’Heim Bethea recovered a fumble.
The Swamp Foxes took a commanding 20-0 lead in the final minute as Allen scored on a 5-yard quarterback keeper and 10 seconds later William Gurley stripped the football on the ensuing kick-off returning it for a score.
Johnsonville responded on their opening drive in the third quarter catching a break with Isiah Brown hauling-in a screen pass and taking it up the field 52 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead 20-8 at the 9:42 mark.
Marion’s defense turned away another scoring opportunity for the Flashes on their next drive, stalling in the red zone. Crawford secured the victory with 3:48 remaining, breaking free on a 36-yard touchdown run for the final score.
Crawford rushed for 96 yards to lead the Swamp Foxes.
Marion (1-0) will travel to Latta on Aug. 30. Before hosting Mullins for their rivalry game on Sept. 6.