Tribune-Courier News Editor
CALLOWAY – Big plays by both teams took center stage Friday night as Marshall County dispatched Calloway County 33-17 on the road. Marshal Hardin Cosner had a breakout game, rushing 136 yards on 22 carries. Cosner combined with Jamie Gilland’s 94 yards for the bulk of Marshall’s 325 attack.
Marshall County started the scoring with Brian Dueker booting in a 39-yard field goal for the three-point lead. It was short lived as Calloway’s Josh Friedrich resturned the ensuing kick-off 86 yards for the night’s first touchdown. The Lakers added the extra point for a four point advantage.
But a Laker error early in the second quarter would give Marshall County a short field to work with for their first touchdown. The Marshals recovered a fumble at Calloway’s 28 yard line. With just over 11 minutes to play, Jamie Gilland started the drive with an 8-yard run before Cosner scored his first touchdown of the night with a 20-yard breakaway. Marshall led 10-7.
Marshall would score on its next two drives, the first on a 34-yard field goal with just under six minutes remaining in the second quarter. Calloway struggled on the ensuing drive, going four and out. Noah Steele returned the punt 35 yards to set Marshall up on the 15 yard line. For the second time, Gilland set Cosner up to punch in the score as Marshall County earned its second touchdown of the night, leading 19-7 after a failed conversion attempt.
Calloway went into the break with only one first down under their belt. Their fortunes would improve in the final frame, but not until a relatively quiet third quarter. Gilland scored the quarters only touchdown, breaking a 20-yard touchdown run following a 32-yard reception by Ryan Morris.
The Marshals opened the fourth quarter with a 26-7 advantage. Calloway drove close to the red zone, but settled for a field goal with just under 12 minutes remaining in the contest. Marshall responded with a 43-yard pass to sophomore Austin Spicer, followed by a pair of Cosner runs for a net of seven yards. Gilland again broke away, this time for a 28-yard touchdown run. Marshall County took the 33-10 lead.
Calloway scored the games’ final touchdown with a 69-yard touchdown pass from Tyler Greer to Steven Treadaway.
For the night, Chase Clark connected on 5-of-16 for 111 yards. Morris led the Marshals in receiving with two catches for 51 yards. But Cosner paced Marshall County’s offense with just over a 6 yard per carry average.
Marshall (3-1) returns home Friday to host juggernaut Mayfield (5-0). The Cardinals have carried their win streak from last years, notching their 20th win last week in a 21-7 win over Graves County.