Meigs County dominates Marion County for fifth straight region title

Staff photo by Robin Rudd / Meigs County's Benjamin Smith (8) and Daqwan Tatum stop Marion County's Rylee Rogers for a loss Friday night.

JASPER, Tenn. - Meigs County senior Da'Quawn Tatum told his football coach at practice during the week he would be ready to step up and shut down Marion County's attack.

Tatum and the Class 2A's top-ranked Tigers did exactly that as they remained perfect at regular season's end and won the Region 3 title - their fifth straight league championship - with a 20-0 shutout of previously unbeaten Marion on Friday night. The host Warriors had no answer for a tough-nosed defensive line that overpowered their offensive line and chased down ball carriers to the outside edge.

"We played with power and really blew things up," the 6-foot-1, 250-pound Tatum said. "We saw before this game where everyone was picking Marion to win, and it really got us heated. We believed in ourselves and the way we play football, and we came in here and took the game over from the start.