Unbeaten Tigers cruise past East Nashville
The Marshall County Tigers had no problems in Music City Friday night, trouncing East Nashville Magnet School 41-7 to remain unbeaten on the season.
The Tigers (4-0, 1-0) jumped out to fast start, scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter before backing those points up with 20 more in the second quarter to open up a wide 34-7 lead.
"I'm very happy we started fast, we did not play up to our standards on our two trips to metro Nashville last year," MCHS coach Thomas Osteen said. "I think the way we handled the trip was a great example of the growth and maturity of our program over the last year."
Sophomore quarterback Bryce Wallace had a breakout evening at East Nashville, throwing for 301 yards and four first half touchdowns in the contest that was over at the break.
"Bryce had an outstanding game, he did a great job of leading our offense and keeping us on schedule," Osteen said. "The game is starting to become slower for him and he is seeing the whole field very well."
Wallace's main receiving duo of Trey Crutcher and Jay Howard accounted for 207 of the yards in the air with Howard leading the way with 114 yards and two scores.
"Jay had a huge game, he is no doubt one of the leaders of our team," Osteen stated. "He had multiple explosive plays in the game. We run a ton of our offense through him and he really makes us click on all cylinders."
On the ground
Marshall County's running game was solid as well with Cain McWilliams picking up 75 yards in limited duty, including a 43-yard TD scamper.
Kamron Liggett did heavy damage out of the backfield, catching a 73-yard TD pass and the junior linebacker had three tackles on defense.
Holding the dynamic Eagles to just seven points in their backyard was no small feat and Osteen was quick to give his defensive unit much praise.
"Our defense had a huge challenge of containing so much speed from East," Osteen said. "We limited their big plays and did a great job of gang tackling."
Junior defensive end Tavi Mclean continued his stellar season, creating much havoc versus the Eagles, leading the team with 12 tackles and a combined sack with senior Tae Tae Lyttle.
"Tavi has had an outstanding start to the season," Osteen stated. "I believe he has established himself in a short time as one of the best defensive lineman in Middle Tennessee."
The Tiger line backing corps is deep and junior Hunter Cummings has been an integral part of the outstanding effort, including a fumble recovery in the end zone for a touchdown Friday night.
The third-ranked Tigers have allowed a measly 9.5 points per game in its first four games, by far the best in Region 4A and the fifth best in the state behind number one Knoxville Catholic (7.3), number two Greenville (4.0), Region 3 first place Stone Memorial (9.3) and Clarksville Northwest (8.3).
Throw it all out Friday night as stats become moot when the Tigers take on Giles County at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg in a contest that will have serval mini-plots entwined in the game.
"The kids are thrilled with the opportunity that is before them this week and we as coaches will not have to do anything extra to motivate them," Osteen, who served as an assistant coach at Giles County High School under current Bobcat head coach David O'Connor from 2007-12 said. "We will be business as normal throughout the week even though they will be itching for Friday to hurry up and get here. These are the weeks and games that you relish as a player. It will no doubt be an electric atmosphere at Preston Hopkins Friday night."
Marshall County 14 20 0 7-41
East Nashville 7 0 0 0-7
Marshall County-Jay Howard 39 pass from Bryce Wallace (Caleb Estes PAT)
East Nashville-Jashon Watkins 1 run (Jared Allen PAT)
Marshall County- Kamron Liggett 58 pass from Wallace (Estes kick)
Marshall County-Hunter Cummings fumble recovered in end zone (2 pt. failed)
Marshall County-Dagon Stacey 10 pass from Wallace (Estes kick)
Marshall County-Howard 9 pass from Wallace (Estes kick)
Marshall County-Cain McWilliams 43 run (Estes kick)
Marshall County Offense
Total Yards-Rushing 172, Passing 319
Passing-Bryce Wallace 20-26-301-4TD-INT, Malik Thomison 2-4-18
Rushing-Cain McWilliams 9-75-TD, D'Andre Brown 4-40, Elijah Taylor 6-21, Malik Thomison 2-18, Kamron Liggett 6-18, Devin Wilson 1-0
Receiving-Jay Howard 7-114-2TD, Tre Crutcher 5-93, Kamron Liggett 3-70-TD, Dagon Stacey 1-10-TD, Devon Wilson 1-10, Matt Runions 1-8, D'Andre Brown 1-7, Grant Agnew 1-7
Tackles-Tavi Mclean 12 (.5 sack), JQ Haislip 10, Donathon Tears 9 (INT), Hunter Cummings 7 (FR), Billy Cheek 6, D'Andre Brown 6, Trent Richardson 5, Miciah Greer 4, Kamron Liggett 3, Josh Johnson 3 (.5 sack), Cain McWilliams 2, Tez Allen 2, Tae Tae Lyttle 2 (sack), Marcus McCord 2, Jayshon Wilcox 1, Devon Wilson 1, Bennett Flemming 1, Joseph Freeland 1
PAT-Caleb Estes 5-5