GREENVILLE – It wasn’t perfect; there were, after all, two lost fumbles.
But there was very little else wrong with a 57-0 victory Marshall County hung on winless Muhlenberg County Friday night.
Nathan Anderson and Logan Taylor scored two touchdowns apiece and Chase Clark threw TD passes to three different receivers, Taylor being one of them. The defense held Muhlenberg to 59 yards of offense.
The win came in the Marshals’ first game against a district opponent. It came on a night of explosive offensive production by a number of western Kentucky teams, including another Class 6A, District 1 game in which Henderson County beat visiting Daviess County 50-0.
Marshall County travels to 4-3 Henderson County Friday.
The Marshals sputtered at first. Clark drove the offense downfield sharply on the team’s first possession, but Chase Buchanan coughed up the ball after a 16-yard catch deep in Muhlenberg territory.
The Mustangs were pinned in, though, and had to punt out of their end zone. The Marshals took possession four yards inside midfield. Four plays later, they were on the scoreboard, with 235-pound senior offensive lineman Christian Roberts taking the handoff and rumbling the last two yards.
Clark tossed a two-point conversion pass to Hardin Cosner and the Marshals, with an 8-0 lead, had all the points they would need.
But they added three more touchdowns in the second period, with Anderson going in from two yards out early in the frame, at the 10:47 mark. Clark ran the conversion himself and the lead was 16-0.
Just a little over a minute later, after a bad snap on a punt gave the Marshals the ball on the Mustang 2-yard line, Dalton Greenfield ran to the right corner of the end zone and Clark lofted a perfect pass to him. Noah Steele booted the first of five extra points for a 23-0 lead.
With 48 seconds left before intermission, Clark hit Josh Joyce on a 15-yard scoring strike and the score at the half was 30-0.
Taylor opened the second half by taking the kickoff at the 21, darting to his left and going untouched 79 yards for the TD. About five minutes later, he hauled in a 21-yard pass from Clark for another touchdown.
Austin Spicer caught a short pass from Clark for a third TD in the third period. Steele’s PAT was blocked, but the Marshal lead bulged to 50-7.
The final tally came on a 29-yard run by Anderson with 9:02 remaining in the game.
In improving to 5-2, the Marshals rolled up 124 yards rushing and 141 passing. Anderson and Cosner each had 55 yards, Anderson on six carries and Cosner on four. Clark accounted for all the aerial yardage, completing 10 of 17 passes.