DRAFFENVILLE – In a game with much to be gained or lost, Marshall County rose to the occasion Friday night.
The Marshals got two first-half touchdowns and packaged that with a consistently stingy defense to record a 16-0 victory over Daviess County at Carroll Traylor Stadium, claiming second place in the Class 6A, District 1 standings and assuring themselves of a home game in the first round of state playoffs.
Hardin Cosner and Brian Dueker got the touchdowns and quarterback Chase Clark ran for a pair of two-point conversions.
Meanwhile, the Marshal defense yielded 206 total yards, but kept the Panthers out of the end zone to record their third shutout of the season.
Meanwhile, the offense ran up 312 yards, 267 of it on the ground, with senior Nathan Anderson carrying 17 times for 107 yards.
“We had a lot of kids step up tonight,” Marshals coach Ron Barnard said.
The outcome of Friday night’s game separates the two teams in standings in the four-team district. Both defeated Muhlenberg County and both lost to Henderson County.
The Marshals played a businesslike game, overpowering a team that had figured to be a more even match. Against common opponents, the two had achieved similar results, with big victories over winless Muhlenberg and lopsided losses to Henderson, both on the Colonels’ home field.
After a scoreless first quarter, the Marshals scored with 5:03 left before halftime on a 13-yard run by Cosner. Then, with only 52 seconds left, Dueker broke loose for a 57-yard gallop to the Panther end zone.
The Marshalls gave the ball away twice, once on a fumble and another on an interception. But Daviess was unable to capitalize and never mounted a serious threat to score.
The victory sends the Marshals in to their regular-season finale Friday night at home against Graves County.
The playoff opponent for the first-round game Nov. 4 will be determined by Friday night’s other Class 6A games.