All eyes on the Tigers

Friday, October 13, 2017
Kamron Liggett (6) has rushed for 945 yards with 20 touchdowns this season behind his talented offensive line.
Tribune photos by Anthony S. Puca

With both Forrest and Cornersville on a bye week, all eyes will be on the Marshall County Tigers this week when they host Spring Hill (4-3, 2-1) tonight at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg.

Marshall County (5-2, 3-0) showed some true grit last week as they turned a 21-21 halftime score into a huge 48-28 win over archrival Giles County.

“I’m extremely happy that our guys handled the adversity of Homecoming week and got themselves ready to play a very talented opponent in Giles County,” MCHS coach Thomas Osteen said. “I think that our physicality showed as the game went on.”

The swarming Marshall County defense will be looking to bottle up Spring Hill’s Dontae Smith tonight at Preston Hopkins Field in Lewisburg when the Tigers entertain Spring Hill in an all-important Region 4/4A showdown.

“Our defense made some great adjustments at halftime and keep the Bobcat ‘O’ off the board in the second half.”

The Bobcats could not keep star running back Kamron Liggett off the board as the senior ran wild with a career best 250 yards rushing and five touchdowns in the contest.

“Kamron Liggett and our offensive line had one of their best performances of the year,” Osteen said.

Liggett is just 55 yards away from topping the 1,000 yard mark for the second season in a row and almost the third as he ran for 1,294 yards and 22 touchdowns as a junior and just missed the 1,000 yard mark in his sophomore year when he rushed for 996 yards and 18 touchdowns.

The eighth-ranked Tigers are on the threshold of a third consecutive region title with a win tonight over the Raiders and a Maplewood victory at Nolensville.

“The Spring Hill game is no doubt the biggest game of the year to this point, we are the only team that controls their own destiny.”

“I hope it's just a great testament to our total year round program that we have put ourselves in position to win a region championship for the third year in a row.”

Defense will be the key to victory as the Raiders also have one of the best running backs in the state with Georgia Tech commit Dontae Smith, who has rushed for 1,247 yards and 19 touchdowns this season.

“Spring Hill is crazy talented,” Osteen said. “We have faced many talented backs this season, but Dontae Smith of Spring Hill is the most explosive of them all.”

Spring Hill has lost three games this season to Riverdale (6-1), number-three Columbia (6-1), and Maplewood (5-3) and Osteen is keen to not overlooking the talented Raiders.

“They have a plethora of talented players across the board that create matchup nightmares for you,” Osteen said.

Osteen has a simple game plan that has worked throughout his four-year tenure with the Tigers where he has posted a 37-9 overall record and an incredible 17-1 region mark.

“Our game plan will be to control both lines of scrimmage, take care of the football, create turnovers and shut down Dontae Smith.”

Marshall County has not lost a region game since October 17, 2014 to CPA.

The Tigers’ winning ways have re-electrified the Tiger faithful, who continue to come out in droves every Friday night and Osteen is appreciative of the support and is certain it will continue this week as his squad looks to make it back-to-back-to-back region crowns.

“We had an electric home crowd this past Friday and we need that same environment to create a home field advantage for us this Friday,” Osteen said.

Kickoff is slated for 7 p.m.