Tribune-Courier News Editor
MARION – Marshall County gained more than 300 yards Friday, but relied on two short field situations to take a 15-0 lead over Crittenden County. The Rockets would fall short in the rally attempt, falling 15-10 in Marion.
The Rockets (2-4) strung together three plays after the opening kick, but fumbled at their 22 yard line. Marshall County (4-2) recovered the ball. Runs by Hardin Cosner and Nathan Anderson set up a 2-yard scoring run by Cosner. Chase Clark punched in the two-point conversion for the 8-0 lead.
Fumbles would be costly for the Rockets all night, dropping the rock three times and turning it over twice.
Crittenden couldn’t get things moving on their next drive, punting the ball away. Facing third down with 11 yards to go, Marshall went to the air. Clark connected with Casey White on a 36-yard touchdown pass. Noah Steele booted in the extra point for the 15-0 lead.
The Rockets answered back on the ensuing kick-off with Dustin Hernandez taking the ball 75 yards for what would be Crittenden County’s lone touchdown. The home team would score again with a 28-yard field goal in the second quarter. It would be the final notch on the scoreboard as both defenses dug in through a scoreless second half.
The visitors led the way in total yards (314). Anderson (89 yards on 24 carries) and White (94 yards on six receptions) led the orange attack. Clark was 10-for-18 with 118 yards through the air.
For the night, Crittenden County just couldn’t seem to get anything going on their own grass, managing just five first downs. Marshall County’s defense held the Rockets to 116 yards.
The Marshals will continue the slate of road games Friday at Muhlenberg County (0-6) and then Oct. 14 at Henderson County (3-3) in Class 6A action.