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Huskies make it two straight wins

by: JO WHEAT - North Marion junior Shane McKillip makes a leaping attempt at an interception in the Huskies Friday night road victory over the Yamhill-Carlton Tigers.The North Marion football team edged Yamhill-Carlton on the road Friday, improving to 2-1 in nonconference play.

The Huskies, who lost to Regis in their opener before bouncing back with a win over Tillamook at home Sept. 6, climbed above .500 for the first time this season with their performance against the Tigers (0-3).

North Marion fell behind 7-0 before Kyle Williamson caught a 44-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Ben Crumley to knot the game up at 7-7. The Huskies recovered the ensuing onside kick and featured running back Shane McKillip on the next drive, as the sophomore scored from 10 yards out to make it 14-7.

The two teams traded turnovers in the second quarter, as Emery Patterson denied a Tiger scoring drive with a leaping interception. On the next drive, Tyler Saucedo took a hard hit from Yamhill-Carlton and fumbled the ball away, giving the Tigers possession on their own 21-yard line.

The Tigers scored on their next possession to tie the game once again, but the Huskies entered the half with the lead thanks to a five-yard touchdown run by Patterson to make it 21-14.

Midway through the third quarter, Williamson scored the go-ahead touchdown on a 60-yard punt return to put the Huskies up 28-14.

Yamhill-Carlton was able to get within a touchdown after a score in the fourth, but the Huskies held on to win.

North Marion (2-1) heads home this Friday to face Junction City (2-0) in the Huskies’ final non-conference match before starting the Tri-Valley Conference schedule at Madras on Sept. 27.