By Michael V. Hannigan
The News Staff
MALAKOFF — The tone was set early in Malakoff’s 70-8 win over the Kemp Yellowjackets Friday night.
The Tigers kicked off to start the game and Kemp fumbled, with Marcus Dowell recovering for Malakoff. On their first play from scrimmage, the Tigers found the end zone on a 22-yard strike from Tate Taylor to Stephan Wolfe.
Fourteen seconds into the game, and the Tigers were up 7-0.
It was the closest the Yellowjackets would be all night.
Malakoff (6-2, 3-1) went on to score four touchdowns in the first quarter, and then four more in the second quarter to build a 56-0 halftime lead.
Kemp (0-7, 0-3) got on the board in the third quarter on a one-yard run by quarterback Corey Watkins, and a two-point run by Blake Watkins.
Malakoff’s 70-point outburst tied for the second highest in school history. The Tigers beat Palmer in 1990, 70-0. The highest scoring game was a 72-0 thumping of Hubbard in 1934.
Friday, the Tigers spread the scoring around with six different players getting into the end zone.
Marcus Dowell led the charge with four rushing touchdowns, the longest from 22 yards out. He finished with 75 yards on seven carries.
In addition to his one touchdown pass, Taylor ran for a six-yard score on his only carry of the game.
Damontes Dowell ran for a one-yard touchdown. He picked up 90 yards on eight carries, including a 56-yard run. He also threw a 40-yard touchdown to Terrance Scott on a nifty halfback pass.
The Tigers also scored on two fumble returns: Cesar Garcia for three yards, and Garrian McCallister for 40 yards.
Garcia recovered two fumbles, Taylor got two, and Israel Chavez and Marcus Dowell recovered one each.
The Tigers will have an open date next week before hosting Quitman Friday, Nov. 2.