Week five signals halfway home for prep football

Friday, October 3, 2008

Memories of the summer sun wane into an autumn wind and early October chill, signaling the halfway point in the prep football season and the glimmer of light that is a playoff spot gleams in the distance for Marshall County High School and Forrest, while the Cornersville Bulldogs must bite and gnarl to get back into the race over the last five weeks of the season.

The MCHS Tigers are undefeated at 5-0 after outscoring Clarksville Northwest 27-14 last week to set up the long 80 mile road trip to Cheatham County to take on the Cubs (2-3). The Tigers continued their great offensive season and made some strides on defense last week, setting up the final five weeks of the season.

Senior leader Jake Morris has guided the blue and white to some big numbers this year as number eight has passed for 880 yards and eight touchdowns in the 2008 campaign. There has been no slide in the market for running back Justin Braden as the move maker has scored ten touchdowns in his 664 yards on the ground.

The defense for the Tigers has begun to gel, led by leading tackler Michael Murphy who has become the monster in the middle for Marshall County.

Head Coach Don Thomas will not let the troops let down their guard this week and the Tigers will come home 6-0 after a big 32-14 victory over the Cubs.

Injuries are beginning to mount once again for the Forrest Rockets, the latest wounded warrior being defensive stalwart Patrick Warner who is lost for the season with a hand injury. Head Coach Kyle Stacey talked about the depth of his squad during the summer and now his underclassmen must step up if the Rockets are going to make the move on the Cascade Champions this week in Wartrace.

The Rockets' first loss of the season was a heartbreaking defeat last week to Jo Byrns, but the Chapel Hill bunch proved that they can play with anyone in the region. Taylor Abrigo continues to be 'the man' in crucial situations and the Rockets will look to get him the ball this week versus their old nemesis in orange and black.

Cascade has beaten the Rockets seven out of the last eight years, but Forrest is a hungry and driven squad this year and should go marching into Wartrace, play a physical game, put four scores on the board, and come home a 28-24 winner.

The Cornersville Bulldogs salvaged their season last week with an impressive 35-17 blowout win versus Mt. Juliet Christian. Taylor Rodgers and Brent Pope sparked the offensive outburst for the Dawgs, who must make hay before they rumble into the toughest part of their late season schedule which includes consecutive games versus Wayne County, Collinwood, Moore County, Collinwood, and the season ending battle at home versus Huntland.

Cornersville already has taken out one Viking tribe in Unionville this season and will be ready for the second wave of Viking onslaught this Friday to even their record at 3-3 with a tough 17-14 win at home.