Tigers roar back over Golden Eagles
The Marshall County Tigers righted the ship in a hurry after an opening season loss to Cane Ridge, walloping Shelbyville Central 51-27 Friday night at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg.
“Winning is hard and something we are never going to take for granted,” Marshall County coach Thomas Osteen said. “So we are no doubt going to enjoy every win that we get because we work too hard not to.”
The Tigers and the Golden Eagles put on an offensive display as the two teams combined for 815 yards of total offense.
Marshall County rushed for 279 yards in the contest, while the Tiger defense stuffed Shelbyville’s rushing attack, holding them in the minus category (-11).
“Anytime you hold your opponent to -11 yards rushing you are gonna give yourself a chance to win,” Osteen stated. “We knew our secondary play would be one of our most inexperienced spots starting the season.”
“We knew there would be some growing pains there, but I like the mentality of the group and know that they are committed to improving.”
The Tigers’ rushing attack was led by senior Kamron Liggett, who carried the ball 19 times for 122 yards and four touchdowns, while Bryce Wallace toted the rock 11 times for 85 yards and Hunter Cummings had 10 carries for 56 yards and a TD.
Coming into the game, the Tigers knew that Shelbyville’s passing game was solid and it was as Grayson Tramel went 23-of-36 for 407 yards and three TDs.
“Shelbyville is an extremely talented team with their skill players,” Osteen said. “They will give every team they play all year fits with their passing game and great trio of wide receivers.”
Wallace also had an efficient game behind center, going 11-for-13 for 134 yards, 2TDs, and zero picks.
“We did a great job offensively Friday night of holding on to the ball and not giving up any turnovers,” Osteen said. “On the flip side our defense had two big takeaways and anytime you are plus two in the turnover margin you are gonna give yourself a much greater chance of winning the game.”
The Tigers opened the scoring on a Liggett TD run before Shelbyville made it a 7-3 contest on a Dalton Corley 27-yard field goal with 8:22 remaining in the first quarter.
Liggett ran for another touchdown two minutes later and the first quarter scoring was capped off on a Jeremiah Wyatt 99-yard catch and run from Tramel.
Another Liggett touchdown run and a Caleb Estes 41-yard field goal in the second quarter made it 24-10 before the Golden Eagles stayed in the game with a late Corley 25-yard field goal.
Marshall County pulled away in the third quarter as Liggett scored his third touchdown of the game on a 28-yard scamper and Wallace found Devon Wilson on a 7-yard TD strike.
Tramel also threw a touchdown in the third period as the Tigers took a commanding 38-20 lead to the fourth quarter.
“If we are going to give ourselves a chance to win against good team all year we must dominate the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball,” Osteen said. “I felt that we did that against Shelbyville, especially as the game went on.”
In the fourth quarter the Tigers scored a pair of touchdowns on a Dagon Stacy 10-yard pass from Wallace and a Cummings 2-yard touchdown burst.
The fourth-ranked Tigers (1-1) open up Region 4/4A play Friday night when they travel to unbeaten Tullahoma (2-0).
“The first two games of the year pale in comparison to the importance of the Tullahoma game because it’s the first region game,” Osteen stated. “Essentially our five region games are all that determine our season.”
The talented and surprising Tullahoma squad beat Coffee County 42-41 last week in the 92nd Annual Coffee Pot game and they beat Shelbyville 37-29 in the season opener.
“Tullahoma is 2-0 and coming off two huge rivalry wins,” Osteen said. “They are the most athletic that they have been in many years.”
“We must do a great job containing the Burkes brothers (Kobe, WR/CB) and (Amauri, RB/CB) that are two dynamic athletes that have recently transferred to Tullahoma from Blackman High School.”
Wilkins Stadium at Tullahoma opened in 2009 and has gone through some recent renovations, making it one of the best venues to watch a football game in Middle Tennessee.
“It will be a great atmosphere Friday night as Tullahoma will have their first home game,” Osteen said. “A New Jumbo Tron/ Video board will be on display, so it will be an electric atmosphere for high school football.
Shelbyville Central- 10 3 7 7 - 27
Marshall County - 14 10 14 13 - 51
MC – Kamron Liggett 5 run (Caleb Estes kick), 9:44
SC – Dalton Corley 27-yard field goal, 8:22
MC – Liggett 15 run (Estes kick), 6:08
SC – Jeremiah Wyatt 99 pass from Grayson Tramel (Corley kick), 0:13
MC – Liggett 4 run (Estes kick), 10:14
MC – Estes 41-yard field goal, 5:52
SC – Corley 25-yard field goal, 0:04
MC – Liggett 28 run (Estes kick), 7:32
SC – Avery Brown 8 pass from Tramel (Corley kick), 4:58
MC – Devon Wilson 7 pass from Bryce Wallace (Estes kick), 1:51
MC – Dagon Stacy 10 pass from Wallace (run failed), 9:45
MC – Hunter Cummings 2 run (#81 kick) 6:35
SC – Brown 69 pass from Tramel (Corley kick), 6:02
Shelbyville Central Marshall County
Total yards-Shelbyville 402, Marshall County 413
Rushing yards-Shelbyville (-11), Marshall County 279
Passing yards-Shelbyville 413, Marshall County 134
First downs-Shelbyville 18, Marshall County 23
Penalties/Yards-Shelbyville 7/59, Marshall County 10/76
Returns/Yards-Shelbyville 4/97, Marshall County 6/52
Time of Possession-Shelbyville 23:04, Marshall County 24:56
Turnovers-Shelbyville 2, Marshall County 0
3rd Down Conversions-Shelbyville 5-of-13, Marshall County 6-of-8
4th Down Conversions-Shelbyville 1-of-4, Marshall County 0-of-0
Marshall County Offense
Rushing-Kamron Liggett 19-122-4TD, Bryce Wallace 11-85, Hunter Cummings 10-56-TD, Solomon Tyson 1-9, R Summers 2-for-7
Passing-Bryce Wallace 11-13-134-2TD-0INT
Receiving-Brandon Rowan 4-52, Devon Wilson 3-38-TD, Dagon Stacey 2-31-TD, Camryn Ruiz 1-8, Kamron Liggett 1-5
Tackles-Joseph Freeland 8 (fumble recovery), Malik Thomison 7, M Campbell 7, Hunter Cummings 6, Josh Johnson 6, Jayshon Wilcox 6 (fumble recovery, blocked punt), Tavi Mclean 6 (two sacks), Antonio Warren 5, Billy Cheek 4, Andrew Gold 3, Miciah Greer 3, Devon Wilson 2, H Lancaster 2, Brandon Rowan, Roshan Desai, Xavier Garrett
Kickoffs-Caleb Estes 9-533-4TB
Punting-Caleb Estes 1-38
PAT-Caleb Estes 5-5, Edgar Martinez 1-1
Field Goals-Caleb Estes 1-1-40yds.
Kickoffs-Devon Wilson 2-32, Dagon Stacey 1-21, Bryce Wallace 1-0, Tavi Mclean 1-0, Brandon Rowan 1-(-1)