Posey passes pace Tigers

Wednesday, October 1, 2014
The Tigers, seen here busting out before the Independence game, routed Franklin County 42-7 Friday night at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg. Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

The Marshall County Tigers extended their winning streak to four games with a big 42-7 win over Franklin County Friday night at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg.

Tiger quarterback Ashton Posey had a career night versus the Rebels, throwing for 417 yards and five touchdowns as the junior signal caller completed 16 out of 19 passes in the contest.

Big quarter

MCHS took an early 7-0 first quarter lead before putting the game on ice, scoring four touchdowns in the second quarter to take a 35-0 halftime lead.

Marshall County continued to pile up the offensive numbers with 588 yards of total offense, ballooning their season totals to 1,700 yards passing and 1,410 yards rushing, while averaging 47.7 points per game.

The Tigers' defense did not allow Franklin County any significant yardage, completely shutting down the Rebel passing game, while the Winchester squad only managed 127 yards on the ground in the contest.

On target

MCHS wide-out Kacy Pleas (10), seen here versus Independence, caught four passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns versus Franklin County.

Senior wide-out Kacy Pleas was the main target for Posey, catching four passes for 175 yards and three touchdowns.

Sophomore Jay Howard also had another big game for Lewisburg, hauling in seven balls for 118 yards and a touchdown, while Darius Mckenzie had one catch that went for a 42-yard touchdown.

Chris Walker got a chance to rest in the game as the senior standout rushed the ball just four times for 80 yards and a score.

The Tigers growled on defense as they did not allow a Rebel score until the fourth quarter when Michael Leslie finally broke up the Tiger shutout with a rushing touchdown.

Top tacklers

Blake Darnell and Cale Shelton led the way on defense, recording 11 tackles apiece in the contest, while Shelton also had a fumble recovery.

Josh Franklin and Hunter Hobby had 10 takedowns apiece, Gunnar Southerland had nine, and Payton Hood had eight tackles and recovered a loose ball for Marshall County.

Steven Dangerfield had an interception for the Tigers (5-1, 2-0), who host Cascade (3-3, 0-2) this week for Homecoming.

The Tigers will take a week off after battling the Champions before travelling to AP No. 2 Christ Presbyterian Academy on October 17.

The Lions (6-0, 2-0) are the defending District 12-AA champions and defeated MCHS 45-16 in Lewisburg last season.