Tigers control East Nashville

Wednesday, September 16, 2015
Photos by Sara Sheehen The Marshall County Tigers run out before beating East Nashville 24-8 Friday night at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg.

Marshall County (3-1, 1-0) returned home on a wet Friday night to take on a tough East Nashville team out of Davidson County.

The Tigers scored first and dominated the Eagles on every aspect of the game on the way to a 24-8 victory in front of a standing-room-only crowd in Lewisburg.

"I doubt we play a team this year with better personnel than them," Coach Thomas Osteen said. "We knew it would be tough to get big plays on them and it was. Hats off to our offensive line tonight."

Defense halts East

The Tigers defense continued right where it left off the previous week, stopping the high-powered East Nashville offense featuring Navy commitment DeVarious Courtner, allowing the only touchdown late in the game.

"I think we're definitely playing with more confidence as a defense," senior Iendi Biggers said. "We had another physical practice this week and that showed in the game."

The Tigers scored first in the first quarter on a 17-yard run by Jay Howard after the defense forced the Eagles to turn the ball over on downs on their first possession.

"Our chemistry gets better in practice and when we get into the games it follows," said Howard, who finished with 92 yards of total offense. "They have a great defense, but we prepared for them in practice and we had to bring it to them on every play."

Halftime lead

The Tigers stalled on their next possession, but sophomore kicker Caleb Estes kicked a 34-yard field goal to extend the lead to 9-0 with eight minutes left in the first half.

Much like the previous game in Tullahoma, the Tigers got the ball back with less tha a minute left in the half and made the Eagles pay with a steady dose of running and passing.

MCHS quarterback Ashton Posey (19) hands off to running back Josh Franklin (21), who gained 74 yards in the game.

Josh Franklin ran twice and Montrell Harris once before Ashton Posey hit Tre Crutcher with a 29-yard pass for a touchdown and a 17-0 halftime cushion.

"We're starting to come together as a team," Posey said. "We're running plays with everyone knowing what to do instead of a few and it's starting to pay off."

Final TD

With its defense controlling the Eagles, the Tigers put the game away on the first drive of the second half as Posey rode the offensive line's back rushing on three straight plays before hitting pay dirt with a 1-yard run for the 24-0 lead.

"We're working better as a team," senior offensive tackle Steven Clemmons said. "We aren't letting these wins get to our head. We're coming in focused. We're respecting our opponent and doing our jobs."

Josh Franklin led the Tigers with 74 yards on the ground while Posey rushed for 61 yards on 15 carries and threw for 161 yards. Crutcher finished with 74 yards receiving and Howard finished with 58.

Top tacklers

Kamron Liggett and Zach Johnson paced the defense with six tackles each while Tanner Clark finished with five.

The Tigers travel to Pulaski on Friday to face winless Giles County (0-4).

The MCHS coaching staff addresses the squad after the big win over East Nashville.

"You can expect a dogfight this Friday," Osteen said. "You can throw the records out. They have a lot of young players, but the best running back in the region. It'll be all we can do to come out of there with a win."

East Nashville 0 0 0 8 -- 8

Marshall Co. 6 11 7 0 -- 24

First Period

M -- Jay Howard 17 run (kick failed)

Second Period

M -- Caleb Estes 34 field goal

M -- Tre Crutcher 29 pass from Ashton Posey (Posey pass from Howard)

Third Period

M -- Posey 1 run (Estes kick)

Fourth Period

E -- Davarius Cortner run (Deandre Gavins run)


MCHS: Zach Johnson 6; Kamron Liggett 6; Tanner Clark 5; Iendi Biggers 4; Tre Crutcher 4; Tre Fields 4; Hunter Cummings 4; Josh Franklin 3; Tristan Maxwell 3; Prentice Davis 3 (sack); Blair Conger 3; Tae tae Lyttle 3; Donathon Tears 2; Miciah Greer 2; Malik Harris 1; Tavi Mclean 1 (sack); Jayson Wilcox 1.