Tigers' win streak continues
Homecoming was sweet in Lewisburg once again Friday night as the Marshall County High School Tigers rolled to an easy 48-7 runaway victory over the Cheatham County Cubs to give them five wins in a row for the first time since 2002, when they ran off nine straight.
The Tiger defense dominated the game, attacking ball carriers behind the line of scrimmage, putting pressure on the pocket, and blanketing Cub receivers all night.
The Tigers have allowed a measly 41 points this season for an average of 6.8, second in the district behind Lipscomb's 5.0.
On offense, the Tigers went wide open, putting 448 yards of total offense on the board, most of it in a 34-0 first half eruption.
The prolific offense has lit up the scoreboard for 192 points in its first six games for a 32.0 point per game tally.
Quarterback Jake Morris, ran for one touchdown and threw for 230 yards with two touchdown tosses - a 68 yarder to Jaron Jones and 53 yards to Cavalla O'Neal.
The ground game was also hitting on all cylinders as Justin Braden rushed for 114 yards and had three touchdowns - the last one coming off an electrifying 77-yard kick-off return to open the second half.
Offense scores 21 in big 1st quarter
The Cubs received the opening kick and quickly received a dose of defensive intensity from Lewisburg as the Tigers stuffed Cheatham County on three straight downs to fire up the huge homecoming crowd.
The Tigers had a TD called back on a Justin Braden run on the first play from scrimmage at their own 44-yard line, but quickly responded with a seven play scoring drive that featured the running of Morris and Braden. The Tigers hit paydirt on a Braden plunge from one yard out. Daniel Stoltz added the extra point for a 7-0 lead.
The Cubs managed one first down, but had to punt back to Lewisburg after just six plays.
On their second possession, Marshall County started on their own 42-yard line and on a third and ten; Morris scampered through a hole for 12 yards and a first down. On second down and twelve, Morris found Don'ta Hightower for 38 yards and a first down. The drive continued to the eight yard line where Hightower and the "heavies" bashed it in from eight yards. The Tigers led 14-0 with 2:11 left in the quarter.
The defense stopped the Cubs cold once again and O'Neal fielded the fair catch punt at the 47 yard line. On the next play, Morris dropped back and fired a strike to a slanting O'Neal, who raced in from 53 yards out and a 21-0 lead.
For the fourth time in the half, the Tigers bowed up and stopped the Cub offense in their tracks to force a punt.
Morris threw a second down bullet to a streaking David Tadajewski for 25 yards near midfield and then fired another strike to Broderick Tears to move the ball to the 32 yard. From there, Braden took it to the house and a 28-0 bulge.
Cheatham County got a nice return from Ryan Phillips for 25 yards up the 49 yard line, but had to surrender the ball back on a punt with more than nine minutes still remaining in the first half.
The Tigers pounced quickly as Morris found Jaron Jones for 25 yards down the left sideline. Morris then took the rock and raced to the right pylon and into the end-zone to essentially end the game with a little more than eight minutes left in the half.
Braden puts the icing on the homecoming cake
The junior Braden gave the seniors a slice of homecoming cake as he took the second half kick and weaved his way through traffic for a 77-yard return to make the score 41-0 and invoke the mercy rule.
Cheatham County scored a third quarter touchdown on a Zach Wilson to Garrett Potts run and catch to make it 41-7.
The senior Morris got another TD toss in the fourth quarter on a 68 yard toss to Jones to end the scoring and give the Tigers the huge 48-7 win.
The Tigers (5-1) stay in the confines of the jungle this week as they host Montgomery Central (0-5) Friday night at Preston Hopkins Field at 7 p.m.