Tigers go west for battle in Lexington
There is only one county team left standing after ten weeks of prep football, the same one as last season.
The Tigers of Marshall County High School (8-2) travel west this week to take on their namesakes from Lexington High School (6-4) in the first round of the Class 3A TSSAA football playoffs.
The two teams have met twice in the past, both times in the first round, splitting the match-ups. An undefeated Lexington squad won big three years ago 62-28, while the Tigers took the 2004 game, 31-20.
In both instances, David Lipscomb was waiting to spoil the season in the second round and most likely will be there again this year for the winner of Friday's game.
Lipscomb (10-0) plays at home this week versus Region 6 fourth place Chester County and should have no problem with the 5-4 Eagles from Henderson County.
Marshall County, coming off two consecutive losses to Lipscomb and Giles County will have to regroup and get back to what makes them tick. The Tigers have to rev up the running attack, throw when the defense is off balance, take care of the football, and play good defense if they want to survive for another week.
MCHS quarterback Jake Morris has been intercepted six times in the last two games and must find his accuracy for the Tigers to win in a hostile environment.
Justin Braden, who has rushed for close to 1,300 yards in his senior season can control a game on the ground if the Tigers get out in front early.
Some wet, chilly weather is in the forecast for the ballgame, making the running game the most important aspect of the offensive attack.
Lexington is coming off a 41-0 pasting by Jackson Southside, giving up 289 yards on the ground and 226 more through the air.
The Tigers have scored in bunches this season, averaging close to 27 points per game over the ten week schedule, while Lexington has given up an average of 24 points per game.
MCHS will have some trouble not looking ahead to another re-match with Lipscomb, but should prevail in the western battle 24-21.