McLain, Stout Defense Help Push Marvin Ridge to 31-19 Victory

The Marvin Ridge defense didn't allow a Parkland first down in the fourth quarter. (Photo by Greg Arthur)

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By The Numbers

0 — Marvin Ridge’s defense did not give up a first down in the fourth quarter.

1 — Marvin Ridge blocked one Parkland PAT attempt.

3 — Marvin Ridge quarterback Bryce McLain accounted for three touchdowns – two passing and one rushing.

6 — Marvin Ridge receiver Sean Brown had six catches for 80 yards and two touchdowns.

237 — Marvin Ridge rushed for 237 yards against Parkland

Marvin Ridge quarterback Bryce McLain accounted for 227 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.

“It was good for us to be challenged going into the fourth quarter,” said Marvin Ridge head coach Aubrey Carter. ‘We knew coming in that Parkland is as athletic a team that we will play. Parkland is well coached and they played extremely hard.”

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.

“The first possession of the second half is the most important one,” Carter said. “It was big to set the tone to come out and score at the start of both halves. We built a little bit of a lead in the second half that we were able to sustain.”

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.

“We are putting points on the board and we are doing some very good things offensively,” Carter said. “I thought Bryce was very good, especially with his legs. Bryce made some very big plays. Sean is one of those guys that we knew was going to be a pretty decent player. Week-by-week, Sean is gaining confidence.”

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.

“Defensively, it was huge to come up with some stops late in the third and through the fourth quarter,” Carter said. “We kind of shut it down.”

Carter said having a week off before the conference opener will be a plus.

“We have a couple of guys banged up,” Carter said. “But everybody does this time of the season. But after our bye week, it is seven straight weeks of conference. There are no empty weeks in conference and we are going to have to bring it every single week.”

Scoring Summary

Marvin Ridge 31, Parkland 19

Parkland 7 6 6 0 — 19

Marvin Ridge 10 14 7 0 — 31

First Quarter

MR — Deveaux 7 run (Lopez kick), 9:18

MR — Lopez 39 FG, 1:45

PHS — Emory 80 pass from Register (DeLeon kick), :03

Second Quarter

MR — McLain 27 run (Stricker kick), 10:00

MR — Brown 10 pass from McLain (Lopez kick), 4:53

PHS — Hayes 75 pass from Register (PAT blocked), 3:52

Third Quarter

MR — Brown 53 pass from McLain (Lopez kick), 7:33

PHS — Kpogba 14 run (Pass failed), 4:16

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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.
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