MARIANNA — Pensacola West Florida Tech proved too wild for the Marianna in varsity play Friday at Marianna when the Jaguars mauled the Bulldogs 30-12 in two quarters.
The JV Bulldogs topped the JV Jaguars 21-6 in the first two quarters when ninth and 10th graders took the field in preseason kickoff classic action.
The third and fourth quarters featured the varsity squads and West Florida wasted no time in manhandling Marianna — Adarius Purifoy scored from 27 yards out only 20 seconds into the second half. Chris Mooney’s kicking game was deadly. Not only did he nail every Jaguar field goal attempt, he put every kickoff back into the end zone, keeping the Bulldogs leashed to their 20-yard line.
A safety gave West Florida two more points at 10:06, then just over a minute later, Purifoy was in the end zone again, this time scoring from the 15, giving the Jaguars a 16-0 lead with 8:55 left to play in the third stanza.
Mathew Jones scored the third touchdown for West Florida from 2 yards and Mooney’s kick put the Jaguars up 23-0. Marianna got on the board in the fourth quarter when Jacques Wooden took it up the middle from 8 yards. The kick attempt bounced off the upright, leaving the tally 23-6.
West Florida’s Myles Green scored from 46 yards with 7:16 left to play and Mooney rounded it up to 30-6. Marianna sophomore Teon Long scored from 2 yards with 13 seconds left in the game.
West Florida’s Jakevis Wright scored from fourth-and-short at the Jaguars 41 with a quick end run to put the Jaguars on the board 6-0 less than two minutes into the JV first half.
Two minutes later, Marianna’s Brandon Smith returned the favor by carrying the Jaguars’ kick from the end zone to the Bulldog 44 to start a 56-yard drive that would end with sophomore Tre Lindsey scoring from the 2. The extra point gave the Bulldogs the edge at 7-6 and at the 3:22 mark, the Bulldogs scored again when sophomore Jamel Johnson connected with freshman Alex Edwards for a 40-yard touchdown.
In the second quarter, sophomore Tommy White intercepted a Jaguars pass and returned it 80 yards for a touchdown.
Marianna travels to Cottondale Thursday to begin the regular season.