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Knights beat Commanders 52-7 to win border war.

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By The Staff

By Jimmie Earls

Sun Sports Writer

The stage was set and the field was wet as the Washington County Commanders hosted the rival Marion County Knights at Bennett R. Lewis Field in Springfield. In recent years, Marion has come out on top in contests that have been decided by a touchdown or less. Tonight, the Knights returned home with a 52-7 win over the Commanders.

The Knights wasted no time, as senior Bryson Bell got the ball on the first play of the game and went the distance for the touchdown. Bell got his second TD almost six minutes later and a two-point conversion gave the Knights a 14-0 lead that they would not give up.

The Commanders' lone score came on a touchdown run by junior running back Qwan Turner with 5:11 remaining in the first quarter. Marion led 22-7 after one quarter. They added 30 unanswered points in the second quarter to 52-7 at the half.

Neither team put any points on the board in the second half and that's how the 2009 border war ended.

For more highlights and photos, pick up the Sept. 30 print edition of The Springfield Sun.