Tigers drop to 1-2 with lopsided loss at Columbia Central

Wednesday, September 12, 2012
Marshall County's Chris Walker (9) hauls in an Austin Stacey pass and heads for the end zone versus Columbia Central Friday night. Photo courtesy of the Columbia Daily Herald

Columbia Central opened up their passing game in a big way Friday night with quarterback Matthew Markham throwing for 237 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Lions past Marshall County 56-21 on homecoming night at Jim Cartwright Field.

The Lions outgained the Tigers 433-237 in total yardage in the contest as Marshall County dropped their third straight to Central.

"Columbia has playmakers everywhere," said first-year Marshall County Head Coach Aaron Pitts. "We made some mistakes. As coaches, we will have to correct them."

Columbia also returned a kickoff 94 yards for TD and blocked an Aaron Medley field goal attempt as the Tigers' special teams fell below par for Pitts.

"We made some mistakes on special teams," said Pitts. "We will have to correct them.

The Lions did not convert a score on only one Marshall County turnover in the game.

"We will break down the film and see where we made mistakes," said Pitts.

The Tigers' three scores came on a 34-yard Austin Stacey touchdown pass to Chris Walker, a Stacey 7-yard strike to Kevin Peterson and a Stacey one-yard TD run.

The Tigers face another daunting task when they have to make the trek to Pulaski Friday night to take on the top-ranked and undefeated Giles County Bobcats (4-0) with game time set for 7 p.m.