Tigers maul Franklin County

Wednesday, August 26, 2015
Photos by Michael Inglsbee MCHS quarterback Ashton Posey tossed three touchdown passes in the Tigers' 60-23 win over Franklin County Friday at Preston Hopkins Field.

Offense explodes for 60 points

Marshall County started the season the way every coach dreams Friday night, scoring 60 points for just the second time in the past decade in a 60-23 romp over visiting Franklin County.

Franklin County drove the length of the field for a quick lead before the Tigers responded with for four straight touchdowns on the way to a 28-7 halftime cushion.

"We knew that Franklin County would be ready, be well-prepared," Coach Thomas Osteen said. "They had a perfect storm early. They had a great drive to start the game. We turned the ball over on our first possession and hopefully by us not getting too high or too low we showed signs of maturity by not getting too down."

Near-perfect

Ashton Posey led the Tigers with about as close to a perfect game as you can get completing 16 of 17 passes for 225 yards and three touchdowns along with a touchdown running.

"Last year was his first year and he had a lot of first year bumps and bruises and that's made him so much better," Osteen said. "We talk about playing the perfect game all of the time and he got pretty close tonight."

The Tigers continued the onslaught in the second half, scoring on the second play of the third quarter on a 23-yard strike from Posey to Tre Crutcher off a slant route to extend the lead to 35-7. Crutcher caught six passes for 100 yards and all three Posey scores.

No letup

"The coaches came in the locker room at halftime and were telling us not to give up," said Jay Howard, who had a 13-yard touchdown run in the second half. "Just because the score is 28-7, we had to keep playing hard. We want to have that killer instinct."

Kamron Liggett had 68 yards for the Tigers, who racked up 301 rushing yards in the game.

Josh Franklin squashed any thoughts of a Franklin County comeback by scoring on the first play of the following drive on a 49-yard run before adding 50-yard touchdown run on the opening play of the next possession to finish. The senior finished with 172 yards and three TDs on just eight carries.

"I knew we had some capable receivers on the outside to block for me," Franklin said. "So I just looked for the holes my line created for me and hit them hard."

Howard then finished off his night with the scoring run which backed 74 yards receiving on four catches.

Great run

Senior Steven Dangerfield electrified the crowd on the next Franklin County series when he returned an interception 80 yards to set up freshman quarterback Bryce Wallace's 1-yard TD run for the final score of the night.

Kamron Liggett added 68 yards on just four carries to round out the Tigers high-powered offense. Liggett also came up huge on defense with eight tackles.

J.Q. Haislip topped the Tigers with 11 tackles, one for loss while Payton Hood added 10 stops and Iendi Biggers eight with one for a loss.

"We've been working hard all week, practicing and executing well," Biggers said. "Coach always says that if you execute well, good things will happen and we started slow but came out on top in the end."

Next: Overton

The Tigers play again Friday as they head north to Nashville to face John Overton High (0-1), which surprisingly lost its opener to Stewarts Creek of Smyrna, which is just in its second season.

Franklin County 7 0 8 8-23

Marshall County 0 28 25 7-60

Scoring summary

First Period

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Second Period

MC -- Crutcher 19 pass from Posey (Estes kick)
MC -- Franklin 21 run (Estes kick)
MC -- Posey 3 run (Estes kick)
MC -- Crutcher 19 pass from Posey (Estes kick)

Third Period

MC -- Crutcher 23 pass from Posey (Estes kick)
MC -- Franklin 51 run (kick failed)
MC -- Franklin 49 run (run failed)
MC -- Howard 13 run (kick failed)

Fourth Period

MC -- Wallace 1 run (Jamies kick)