Wednesday, September 13, 2006
Justin Braden, #22, gets set to tackle a Greenbriar runner.

The Marshall County Tigers football team traveled to Greenbrier to face the Bobcats on Friday night. The Tigers found the Bobcats unfriendly host as they ran past Marshall County 35-6.

Greenbrier came in with a powerful running game and proved too much for the Tigers to handle as they amassed 356 rushing yards. The Tigers were not able to get their rushing game going at all and were in the negative in total rushing yards.

The lone bright spot for the Tigers was the return on quarterback Kellen Gower, who has been out with a shoulder injury. Gower was not expected to return until mid-October but was cleared to return this week. He was able to pass for 144 yards on 6 completions.

Jaron Jones, #5, races to pick up a first down for the Tigers

The Tigers were outmanned from the beginning as the Bobcats took the opening kickoff and marched down the field for a six-play 61-yard touchdown as back Jody Dorris ran up the middle for a 7-yard touchdown and with Blake Tucker's extra point Greenbrier was ahead 7-0.

On the ensuing kickoff, Junior Cavalla O'Neal had a 36-yard run back, but was hurt on the tackle and never returned to the game. It was reported that O'Neal had a shoulder injury.

The Tigers struggled from that point, only managing to get two first downs the entire first half. The biggest play for the Tigers was a 46-yard completion from Gower to Justin Wright nearing the end of the first half. The Tigers were unable to score turning the ball over on downs.

Greenbrier, on their second possession, had a 73-yard run from Lance Roach but Don'ta Hightower stripped the ball from Roach saving a Bobcat touchdown. The score was 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

The Tigers defense held strong until 5:05 left in the second quarter when Michael Seay intercepted Gower and ran it back 28 yards for a touchdown. The extra point kicked failed leaving the score 13-0.

After a Tiger fumble the Bobcats struck again going 33 yards as Dorris scored on a 7-yard run for the teams third touchdown. Justin Pinckleton ran for the two point conversion. This gave Greenbrier a 21-0 lead.

The Tigers took the second half kickoff and were unable to move the ball. The Tiger defense did hold the Bobcats scoreless in the third quarter but were unable to get anything going offensively.

However, a drive started by Greenbrier late in the third quarter concluded with a touchdown by Roach on a 18 yard run. Tucker's PAT made the score 28-0.

The Tigers fumbled on their next drive and Greenbrier recovered at the Marshall County 37. The Bobcats were able to score in six plays, as Tyler Lynch reached pay dirt on a 5-yard run. Tucker's point after made in 35-0 with 6:18 to go in the game.

The Tigers started their next series on the 20 and were able to put a drive together thanks to the passing of Gower. Gower hit a wide open Jaron Jones on a third down and 15 play for a gain of 50 yards. This gave the Tigers the ball on the 35.

On the next, play Gower completed a 19-yard pass to Wright and after an incomplete pass and a penalty Gower and Wright again hooked up for a 14- yard completion. With the ball on the 7-yardline and a first and goal Hightower ran three straight times with the last play resulting in a 2-yard touchdown. The two point pass conversion failed making the final score 35-6.

Marshall County had a total of 137 yards in the game. Wright had four catches for 85 yards and Jones had two catches for 59 yards. The running game was virtually non-existent as Hightower managed 17 yards.

Greenbrier amassed 403 total yards. Roach had 138 rushing yards on 16 carries, while Dorris added 122 on 11 carries, and Lynch added 88 yards on eight rushes.

Greenbrier moved their record to 2-2 with the two losses coming to power houses Pope John Paul II and David Lipscomb in the opening two games.

The Tigers stand at 2-2 but are 2-0 in Region 5-3A and will play Page who is 1-3 overall and 0-1 in the region, at home next week. The Tigers beat the Patriots 48-41 last season.

Coach Alvin Palmer, who is entering his third year, guided Page to 4-6 record last season. They have three returning starters on both offense and defense. Sophomore Blake Neal is the returning starting quarterback for Page. He started the last five games for the Patriots last season.