Rianna Gibbs Wilson
Friday night’s matchup between Lumberton, the reigning Class 1A South State champion which lost the state title game by only four points last year, and East Marion, which won just once last season in Class 2A, had mismatch written all over it.
Before every season, each team has a list of goals. One of the main goals on those lists is to win the district opener, and West Marion (3-4, 1-0) was able to go on the road last Friday night and do just that, beating Seminary 24-21.
Columbia High School opened district play last Friday with a 47-27 homecoming win over Wesson.
Coach James Harvey said the Wildcats (3-3, 1-0) played well after having a week off before picking up the pigskin at Walter Payton Field at Gardner Stadium in front of a large crowd.
The narrative of the first-ever matchup between West Marion and Columbia Academy seemed to change by the quarter but ultimately ended in a 58-40 win for the Trojans.
During the first quarter, it seemed like Marion County football fans were in for a treat with Columbia Academy holding a slim 16-14 lead.