Tribune-Courier News Editor
LONE OAK – One week after handing McLean County a 48-0 whooping, the Marshals were on the other side of the blanket. Homestanding Lone Oak (2-1) kept Marshall County’s offense silent Friday night as they picked up a 26-0 win in the Graveyard.
The Marshals were able to move the ball through the second quarter and into the second half, but were rarely able to get into the red zone.
The trouble started early and occurred often for the visitors. Lone Oak’s defenders spent most of the night in Marshall County’s backfield, including a 14-yard sack on 3rd-and-10 that ended Marshall County’s first drive of the night back at their own six yard line. Marshall punted to midfield.
Lone Oak used the short field to their advantage. Quarterback Cole Ousley started the drive with a 22-yard run to the 24 yard line. Ousley pitched it to Felix Colon on a swing pass for Lone Oak’s first touchdown. The Flash missed the extra point attempt.
Lone Oak had its defense to thank on Marshall County’s second possession. Jared Hill picked quarterback Chase Clark on a 3rd-and-6 throw at midfield. Lone Oak’s offense returned to the field, putting together a 32-yard run and an 11-yard pass for their second touchdown of the night. The two-point conversion attempt failed as Lone Oak led 12-0.
Colon picked up Lone Oak’s third score of the night, a 28-yard pass in the second quarter.
Lone Oak scored one final time in the third quarter, Ousley connecting on a 34-yard pass to Derek Collier for the 26-0 final.
Marshall County, despite moving the ball better in the second half, was never able to get on the board. Clark connected on 10-of-25 for 103 yards through the air, but the most telling stat may be his 14 carries for a negative seven yards.
Turnovers also slowed down Marshall’s progression. The Marshals recovered both of their fumbles, but Clark was intercepted twice, including once in the end zone by defender Cole Wommack.
Jamie Gilland led Marshall County’s rushing attack with 39 yards on six attempts. Nathan Anderson had 31 yards in 10 attempts.
Marshall County (1-1) will have a week to lick its wounds before hosting Ballard Memorial (2-0) in the Patriot Bowl Friday.
Calloway County is scheduled to face off against Webster County at 6 p.m. to open the night, with Marshall and Ballard Memorial expected to start at approximately 8 p.m.