County gridiron squads looking to bounce back

Friday, October 7, 2011
MCHS head coach Tom Turchetta, offensive coordinator Steve McClanahan and quarterback Austin Stacey discuss some strategy before the Fairview game last week. This week, the Tiger offense should return to form with a big win at winless Summit. Photo by Anthony S. Puca

Week 6 was not a good one for the three Marshall County gridiron squads as they all suffered disappointing region losses last Friday night, but Week 7 brings hope of a big bounce back opportunity for at least two of them.

The Forrest Rockets (4-2, 1-1) lost a 16-14 heartbreaker to Eagleville in Chapel Hill, knocking them into second place in District 9A, but head coach Kyle Stacey's crew is still in contention in the 2A playoff format and can make amends this week with a very winnable road game at winless Middle Tennessee Christian School (0-6, 0-3).

Forrest will be in a sour mood under the lights in this week in Murfreesboro and will certainly take it out on a Cougars' squad that has struggled on both sides of the ball.

MTCS is dead last in both points scored (77) and points allowed (273) in the district, while the Rockets are healthy in each category, scoring at a 28.8 clip per game and allowing a stingy 21.5 average in six ball games.

The Rockets will run Zach Ray all night versus MTCS and if the Cougars try to pen- up the all-state senior, quarterback Brooks Lamb will burn them with his favorite two receivers in Jacob Daughrity and Jonathon Anderson.

Forrest's Zach Ray (10) and the Rockets, coming off a disappointing 16-14 loss to Eagleville will bust out this week when they travel to winless MTCS. (Photo by

The Rockets will get off the launch pad quick in this one and turn on the after burners in a big 41-6 blowout win.

The Marshall County Tigers (4-2, 3-1) were about as hyped up as a team could get last Friday night at the "Hop" in Lewisburg, but in the end, Coach Tom Turchetta's big cats were not yet ready for prime time versus an ultra talented and undefeated Fairview squad.

MCHS went down to the Yellow Jackets 35-16, but were solidly in the contest in the first half before things went south.

The Tigers have to get the running game back on track this week after a paltry 51 yards on the ground against Fairview and on defense, there was too many holes and too many missed assignments that did not make Turchetta a happy coach after the game.

Just in time comes Summit (0-6, 0-4), a first year school in Williamson County that will feel much of the MCHS ire, if but for a half because the Spartans field a team of just freshman and sophomore players.

Turchetta is too classy of a coach to step too hard on the new school, but for a half, his Tigers will be full bore ahead at the Spartans' field and will win easily 35-0 to stay in control of their own destiny in the 4A portion of the region standings.

Cornersville (0-6, 0-3) had a chance to break their season-long winless streak last Friday night in the "Frog Bottom" homecoming contest versus Loretto, but instead lost 28-20 in another leave it all on the field effort by the Bulldogs.

Things get much harder this week as the Dawgs travel to top-ranked Wayne County (6-0, 3-0) Friday night.

Since 2000, the Wildcats have not lost to Cornersville in eleven meetings and have outscored the Bulldogs 36.6 to 7.5 points per contest and this week, that will be the margin of victory in a thirty-point loss for the Bulldogs.

The last time Cornersville beat Wayne County was in a 14-7 win in 1999.