Defense gets the job done for the Tigers
The Marshall County High School Tigers overcame a pair of early turnovers which turned into Creekwood field goals, en route to a 20-6 victory over the home standing Redhawks.
Although Creeekwood showed some effectiveness in controlling the clock early in the game, it was a smothering Tiger defense that kept the Redhawks in check while the offense racked-up points in the middle quarters.
The Tigers rolled-up 242 yards on the ground and another 62 yards passing compared to Creekwood's 128 yards total offense.
The margin of victory may have been wider for the Tigers, had it not been for nine penalties totaling 80 yards.
Marshall County's first possession resulted in a fumble on their own 29-yard line. Creekwood managed to move the ball to the 6-yard line but had to settle for a field goal to take a 3-0 lead.
The Tiger's offense seemed to be unraveling early in the second quarter after a second fumble again produced Creekwood points. The Redhawks recovered the fumble on the Tiger 33 yard-line but was stymied by the Marshall County defense, and had to settle for a 36-yard Sam Shelton field goal.
Jake Chapman's fumble recovery midway of the second quarter set the stage for the resurrection of the Tiger offense beginning with a 7-yard Don'ta Hightower touchdown run at the 6:46 mark. Quarterback Cavalla O'Neal waltzed into the right corner of the end zone to complete the two-point conversion and move the Tigers in front, 8-6
O'Neal got into the scoring act again, moments later, pushing his way into the end zone from 1-yard out. This time, the Tigers came up shy of the two-point conversion, going into the locker room at the half, up 14-6.
Defense continued to be the theme for Marshall County in the second half as its offense continued to roll-up yardage but managed only one score. With 3:57 to go in the third quarter, Cavalla O'Neal broke free for 59-yards to give the Tigers their final score of the night.
Both teams had opportunities to score in the final stanza, including a Tiger drive that stalled at the 8-yard line, but neither team was able to reach paydirt.
For now, the Tigers are the team to beat in Region 5 3A, 2-0, 2-1 overall. Creekwood fell to 0-3, 0-1. The Tigers will be on the road again this Friday, taking on a tough Greenbrier team.
Next game: Sept. 8