Tigers clinch playoff berth

Wednesday, October 7, 2015
The Marshall County Tigers' offense has been superb this season, putting up 298 points. Photos by Sara Sheehan

The Marshall County Tigers stepped back into region play traveling to Lawrenceburg to take on the Lawrence County Wildcats after a grueling, physical win against Stratford the previous week earning Marshall County 5th place ranking in the most recent 4A statewide Associated Press poll.

The Tigers (6-1, 3-0) jumped on the Wildcats (2-5,1-2) early and never let up in a business like 48-7 win that clinched a spot on the Class 4-A state playoffs for the sixth consecutive year.

Hot runner

The Tigers huddle in between series versus Lawrence County Friday night.

Despite the wind and cold the Tigers treated the packed visitor stands to a hot start from senior running back Josh Franklin as he rushed for two first quarter touchdowns en route to a 120-yard night, his first 100 yard game since the opener against Franklin County.

"The cold didn't really affect us that much since we were out there working so hard," Franklin said. "Being out there with my brothers and working together was the best part of our win tonight. I just do whatever I can to help my team."

Lone breakdown

MCHS quarterback Ashton Posey awaits the snap from center in the Tigers 48-7 win over the Wildcats.

The Wildcats answered on a Jason Mcanally run to cut the deficit in half 14-7 heading into the second quarter.

"They run a wing T offense that's really tough with misdirection and guys going every which way," Coach Thomas Osteen said. "We want to be a defense that's fine if we bend but we don't want to break and we only broke one time tonight. Really good job bu our defensive coaches after the first couple of series of settling down and not giving them anything easy."

Ashton Posey would use his legs instead of his arm on the next series running in from a couple yards out to push the Tiger lead to 21-7.

Liggett on the run

The Wildcats failed to find an answer for Kamron Liggett as the sophomore runningback rushed for three straight touchdowns for the Tigers to lead the visitors with a season high 125 yards on just 8 carries culminating with a 66 yard run to the house to give the Tigers a 41-7 third quarter lead.

"My most memorable run was the long one," Liggett remembered."I went through the line, a big hole opened up, the linebacker was blocked, I made a cut on the safety and it was to the house."

Franklin and Liggett combined for 245 yards on just 22 carries to form a formidable duo any Tiger opponent would be hard pressed to contain.

"We don't really consider ourselves to have a starter at running back, we got really 1A and 1B," Osteen said. "To win games at the end of the year you've got to run the football and especially when it's cold and we and nasty out. I'm just happy we were able to do that tonight."

Winning combo

Posey tacked on one more touchdown on the board for the Tigers throwing a 34-yard strike to Darius McKenzie to set up a 15 yard score to Jay Howard.

Jay Howard (left) and Darius Mckenzie get ready for a snap at Lawrenceburg. Photo by Mike Inglsbee.

Howard caught a season high nine passes on his way to his second 100 yard receiving game in a row with 124 yards, also a season high.

After giving up 42 points in it's only loss of the season to Overton, the Tiger defense has played inspired allowing just 41 points in the next 5 games.

"Our defensive line was holding up pretty good, they didn't let anything get up the middle, our outside was doing a good job containing and our linebackers did our job. We read our guards and stopped the run," linebacker Hunter Cummings said. "Stratford was definitely a more physical, stronger team than Lawrence County. This team was better coached and better prepared, just not as talented."

Next: Spring Hill

The Tigers will enjoy an off week before coming back to Lewisburg to play a Spring Hill team led by QB Tylin Odin a Louisville Cardinal commitment.

"It'll be easy to get our kids pumped up for this one," Coach Osteen said. "They know we're playing a really talented team. Our goal is to win our region and they know we can't win our region unless we prepare great for a Spring Hill team we have tremendous respect for because of how talented they are."

The Tigers will return to action on October 16 at 7:00 pm

Marshall County 14 14 13 7-48

Lawrence County 7 0 0 0-7

First Quarter

M -- Josh Franklin 14 run (Caleb Estes kick)

M -- Franklin 2 run (Estes kick)

L -- Jaxson Mcanally 3 run (Colby Deuchle kick)

Second Quarter

M -- Josh Posey 2 run (Estes kick)

M -- Kamron Liggett 2 run (Marvin Jaimes kick)

Third Quarter

M -- Liggett 66 run (Estes kick)

M -- Liggett 11 run (kick failed)

Fourth Quarter

M -- Jay Howard 15 pass from Posey (Estes kick)