Round 1 of the 6A playoffs in 2007 was the last time Marshall County beat Henderson County and since that year they have lost 10 straight. The Colonels are currently one of the top 6A teams in the state, entering Friday’s home game against the Marshals with a 4-1 record. Their only loss to 4A power Boyle County who are also rolling with an undefeated season.
Last week, the Colonels held Paducah Tilghman to just two rushing yards in their 30-13 win thanks in part to senior linebacker Saadiq Clements, who had four tackles and five sacks. Clements ranks first in 6A stats in sacks and is verbally committed to Purdue.
After their own tough rush week against Daviess County with less than 10 yards, the Marshals unofficially picked up 22 against Henderson County but were much better through the air Friday with 147 yards on five passes.
Senior Jordan Wright, who entered Friday’s game with 483 rushing yards and one of the top 10 rushers in the state, scored the Colonels’ first touchdown on a 31-yard run and senior Jaheim Williams scored the second from the two-yard line and with four minutes left in the first quarter, the Colonels’ lead was 14-0.
A fumble on the Marshals’ next possession led to another Henderson County touchdown when Luke Dalton picked it up and brought it back to the 11 yards to give the Colonels a 21-0 lead.
The Marshals got the ball back on an interception of Trajdon Davis by Gavin Clark and ended the first quarter with some first down runs from Aiden Dunigan. Practice ended to start the second quarter and the Marshals had to clear.
On the Colonels’ next possession, a long pass from Davis to Turner Mattingly was denied the touchdown when Gavin Clark pushed it over the three-yard line, but Wright scored his second touchdown on the next play for the put up 28-0.
The Colonels scored two more touchdowns before halftime – the first on a nine-yard pass to Koien Banks and the second, Wright’s third touchdown of the game from the yard line after a kickoff return. clearance to the six by Williams. The lead was 42-0 at halftime.
Henderson County opened the second half with the ball, but not long after Dunigan forced a fumble. A few fine receptions from Parker Gibbs moved the ball to the Colonels 34-yard line before the quarter ended quickly with a clock up.
With Dalton Hartman taking the snaps, the Marshals moved the ball to the five and Landon Utley’s touchdown capped an 89-yard drive to put them on the board.
A Colonels final touchdown came on a five-yard run from Anthony Burrus after an 80-yard drive for the final 49-7.
After a bye week on Friday, the Marshals (3-4) will look to their Oct. 14 game at Apollo for one last chance at a win in 6A District 1. Apollo is 1-5 and down 34 -14 Friday against McCracken County. They will face Henderson County next Friday.
Some Class 6A stats going into Friday’s game, the Marshals had three players in the top 30 rushers in the state. Ranked 26th, Kameron Bowerman had 285 yards on 31 carries. Landon Utley, ranked 27th, had 336 yards on 57 carries and Aiden Dunigan with 311 yards on 32 carries was ranked 29th. Logan Parker was ranked fifth in tackles after attempts with 23 of 26. Utley ranked 14th in tackles with a total of 47 solo and combined with assists.
Marshall County 0 0 0 7 – seven
Henderson County 21 21 0 7 – 49