The Marshall County Tigers took the long trip to Cheatham County Friday night and escaped a 28-21 winner to stay undefeated at 5-0 and remain in a first place tie with David Lipscomb and Giles County in Region 5/AAA.
The game was a closer than expected battle and tied at 21-21 with 2:37 remaining when the Tigers took the lead on a 2-yard touchdown run by Justin Braden.
The Cubs fumbled on the third play from scrimmage and the ball was recovered by Marshall County at the 32-yard line. It took only three plays for the Tigers to hit pay dirt as quarterback Jake Morris scored on a 27-yard keeper and Marshall County led 7-0.
The score remained the same until late in the first quarter when the Cubs got on the board with a Joe Rinehart 3-yard touchdown run.
On the ensuing kickoff, Cheatham County came up with a huge play when Zack Bush stripped the football and fell on the it at the Marshall County 28 yard line. After a key fourth down run by Shawn Montgomery, the Cubs found the end zone from the one yard line, and Cheatham County led 14-7 with eight minutes remaining in the first half.
Marshall County struck back to tie the contest at 14-14 when quarterback Jake Morris hit Kareem Peterson down the sideline for an 82-yard touchdown.
The Cubs got back into scoring position on their next drive when Potts took off on a 33 yard run to get inside the Tigers 10 yard line. Two plays later, Montgomery scored from seven yards out, and the Cubs took a 21-14 lead to the locker room after Bobby Fitzhugh's extra point.
Marshall County came out of the halftime intermission, going on a 13-play scoring drive. Braden and Cody Tucker did the bulk of the work in the ground game and Morris connected on some key passes to Kareem Peterson. The Tigers faced a fourth and nineteen at the Cubs 23 yard line when Morris threw the ball up to Peterson, who brought in his second touchdown of the night, and Marshall County pulled even at 21-21 late in the third quarter.
The Cubs mounted a fourth quarter comeback attempt, but it was thwarted by Cody Tucker when he came down with an interception off of a deflection and Marshall County was back in business at their own 24-yard line.
Braden took control of the rock on the Tigers' crucial possession, carrying the ball seven times on the game-winning drive. After a key 28-yard completion from Morris to Peterson, Braden streaked into the end zone from two yards out, and Marshall County took a 28-21 lead with 2:37 remaining.
The MCHS defense came up big when they needed to, stopping the Cubs cold to escape with a 28-21 victory.