Tigers win 2-OT thriller over Maplewood

Wednesday, October 28, 2015
The Tigers celebrate after defeating Maplewood in overtime. Photos by Sara Sheehan

Page invades Lewisburg this Friday with Region 4-AAAA title on the line

Marshall County overcame four turnovers with some clutch plays Friday night at Maplewood, outlasting the Panthers 34-33 in double overtime.

"Our team faced a lot of adversity Friday night," Tigers coach Thomas Osteen said. "Some of that was from Maplewood and the environment that we where in, but a lot of it was self- inflicted with all the turnovers we had."

Catching up

The Tigers trailed 20-10 after three quarters, but an Ashton Posey touchdown pass to Kamron Liggett made it 20-17.

Marshall County got the ball back late in the fourth quarter before a 43-yard field goal by Caleb Estes with one second remaining sent the game to overtime.

"I can't say enough good things about our kicker Caleb Estes," Osteen said. "His 43-yard game-tying kick with one second left would've been good from well beyond 50 yards."

Marshall County's Jay Howard (4) does a little dance on the sidelines during the Tigers' big 34-33 overtime win at Maplewood Friday night.

Both teams scored in the first overtime. The Tigers came on a Posey run while Bo Bo Hodges had a touchdown scamper for the Panthers, sending the contest to the second overtime period.

Final moments

Posey hooked up with Tre Crutcher on a touchdown pass and Estes' extra point kick made it 34-27. Hodges scored on another run to get the Panthers within a point.

Rather than kicking, however, Maplewood went for a two-point conversion, and the Tigers defense stuffed the run attempt to preserve the win.

"It was great to see a bunch of guys step up and make plays that had to be made or the game would've been over," Osteen said. "Payton Hood played 'lights out' on the defensive line all night."

Osteen said he was happy with the way his squad hung in the game even though it wasn't its best effort of the season.

The Tigers offensive line has been stout all season and they came up big in overtime against Maplewood.

"I was pumped we found a way to win a game in which we didn't play our best," the coach said. "It could 've been very easy for most teams to give up down 10 with four minutes left. We got to execute a bunch of in-game situations that we work on all the time in practice that are specifically designed for that time in the game."

Huge showdown

The fourth-ranked Tigers (8-1, 4-0) host Page (7-2, 4-0) Friday night at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg. A win would give Marshall County the Region 4-AAAA title.

"Our attention now is fully on Page," Osteen said. "They're an excellent team that's undefeated in the region as well. Coach (Charles) Rathbone does a great job with them."

The Tigers haven't won a region crown since the 2002 season when they posted an 11-2 overall record and went undefeated in region play.

"We've talked to our kids about how special it is to play for a region championship and at our place," Osteen said. "I believe our kids are going to give their best effort of the year."

Marshall County 3 7 0 10 7 7 -- 34

Maplewood 0 14 6 0 7 6 -- 33

First Quarter

MC -- Caleb Estes 26 field goal.

Second Quarter

M -- Bo Hodges 1 run (kick failed).

MC -- Kamron Liggett 2 run (Estes kick).

M -- Bo Hodges 5 pass from Bo Bo Hodges (Jeremy McDowell run).

Third Quarter

M -- Yusuf Ali 100 interception return (kick failed).

Fourth Quarter

MC -- Liggett 3 pass from Ashton Posey (Estes kick).

MC -- Estes 43 field goal.

Overtime

M -- Bo Bo Hodges 5 run (Zelaya kick)

MC -- Posey 1 run (Estes kick)

MC -- Tre Crutcher 7 pass from Posey (Estes kick)

M -- Bo Bo Hodges 1 run (run failed)

Marshall County

Total Yards: 467.

Rushing 163, Passing 304.

Rushing: Ashton Posey 14-48-TD, Josh Franklin 5-43, Kamron Liggett 14-43-TD, Jay Howard 4-29.

Passing: Ashton Posey 23-36-2TD (2INT)

Receiving: re Crutcher 9-109-TD, Jay Howard 5-72, Kamron Liggett 5-59-TD, Josh Franklin 3-48, Darius Mckenzie 1-16.

Turnovers: Marshall County 4, Maplewood 0.

Tackles: Payton Hood 7 (1.5 sacks), Iendi Biggers (sack), Hunter Cummings 5, Tanner Clark 4, Josh Franklin 4, JQ Haislip 4, Blair Conger 4, Zach Johnson 3, Steven Dangerfield 3, Curtis Keiler 3, Prentice Davis 2 (sack), Tavi Mclean 1, Tristan Maxwell 1, Hunter Lancaster 1, Kamron Liggett 1, Jayson Wilcox 1.