Marvin Ridge Runs Past Parkland To Move To 4-0

Devin Powell had three catches for 56 yards for Marvin Ridge in Friday night's win.

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Marvin Ridge quarterback Bryce McLain accounted for 225 yards of offense and the Mavericks defense came up with key stops the last 14 minutes of the game as the Mavs defeated Winston-Salem Parkland 31-19 in a nonconference football game Friday night.

Marvin Ridge moves to 4-0 with the victory heading into a bye next week. Marvin Ridge returns to action Sept. 22 when they host Piedmont in the Southern Carolina Conference opener. Parkland drops to 2-2 with the loss.

Marvin Ridge scored on the game’s first possession for an early 7-0 lead and the Mavericks led 24-13 at halftime. The Mavericks then scored on their first possession of the second half for a 31-13 lead with 7 minutes, 33 seconds left in the third quarter.

McLain rushed 13 times for 102 yards and one touchdown and the senior was 10-of-21 passing for 138 yards and two more touchdowns. McLain ran for a 27-yard touchdown and he tossed two touchdown passes to junior Sean Brown

Marvin Ridge rushed for 237 yards in the game. Caleb Deveaux added 77 yards on 10 carries while Caleb Woodley added 58 yards on 15 carries.

Brown finished with six catches for 80 yards and the junior had touchdown catches of 10 and 53 yards. Senior tight end Devin Powell had three catches for 56 yards. Marvin Ridge is averaging 33.5 points a game.

Parkland cut the Marvin Ridge lead to 31-19 with 4:16 left in the third quarter but the Mavericks defense didn’t allow a Mustangs first down the rest of the way. Marvin Ridge forced Parkland to punt twice and the Mavericks had two fourth down stops on the Mustangs’ final four possessions of the game.

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Paul Nielsen
Nielsen was a sports writer for what is now the Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette for nearly 32 years before moving to North Carolina in February 2016. At the Democrat-Gazette, Nielsen's primary responsibility was beat coverage for Rogers High School. Rogers is a Class 7A school located in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen, a University of Arkansas graduate, covered the Northwest Arkansas Naturals Minor League Baseball team from 2008-2015. The Naturals are the Double-A affiliate of the Kansas City Royals.
Nielsen has experience covering University of Arkansas athletics, including NCAA Tournament basketball games and several football bowl games. He also covered amateur and professional golf tournaments in Northwest Arkansas.
Nielsen lives in Matthews with his wife, Susan. He can be reached at