MORAN, Kan. -- Located just six miles apart and wearing the same school colors of black and orange, Uniontown and Marmaton Valley have a fairly-heated rivalry. But they hadn't met on the gridiron in a decade due to playing different brands of football.
Marmaton Valley, which switched to eight-man football in 2002, gave Uniontown, newcomers to this version of the game, a rude return to the rivalry with a 66-20 victory in Three Rivers League play here Friday night. The game was also an Eight-Man Division I District 2 contest.
"This was a very intense and physical game," Uniontown Head Coach Chad Stroud said. "It's nice to have this rivalry back."
The Wildcats (3-0 TRL, 2-0 in district, 6-0 overall) continued to show that they should be considered on of the top teams in the eastern half of Kansas with a 358-yard rushing performance that helped them jump out to a 24-6 lead after one quarter.
Uniontown (0-4 TRL, 0-2 district, 2-4 overall) gained 221 total yards with 178 coming on the ground. Garrett Murrow ran for 114 yards and two scores. John Reed had the Eagles' other score.
"Our kids played hard until the end," Stroud said. "We were just physically overmatched by a
very good team tonight. We were unable to stop their powerful running game. Marmaton Valley should advance deep into the playoffs."
Gavin Miller had 13 tackles for Uniontown. Chase Gleason and Jay Hierholder had 10 each.
The Eagles will return home next Friday for a district-only game against Marais des Cygnes Valley. The Trojans (1-1 district, 3-3 overall) rolled by winless Yates Center, 54-6, Friday night.