HENDERSON – Perennial kingpin Henderson County jumped out to a three-touchdown lead and never looked back, rolling to its fourth straight win with a 59-21 decision over Marshall County Friday night at Colonel Field.
Clay Allen caught one touchdown pass and threw one to Nolan Nichols, and Marty Holbrook scored a TD on the ground for the Marshals.
Marshals coach Ron Barnard was not satisfied with the overall effort of his team, which slipped to 1-7 and 0-2 in District 1 6A.
“Too many ‘my bads,’” Barnard said. “My bad blocks, my bad routes, my bad not closing the gaps, and that’s what’s getting us beat.”
The Marshals ran into a juggernaut in Henderson County, ranked eighth in the state by the Associated Press and now 7-1, 2-0.
Junior quarterback Daniel Steiner threw four touchdown passes, three of them to tight end Brennan Farley, and reserve quarterback Jacob Beard threw a fifth TD pass.
Once again, the Marshals faced an opponent with superior athletic talent.
“We’re having trouble getting receivers open,” Barnard said, because opposing defenses have the edge in speed.
The Colonels got three rushing touchdowns, a punt return for another score and a field goal by placekicker Nick Gregory.
With Henderson County leading 21-0 after scoring on its first three possessions, Justin Robinson had an interception that set up the first Marshall County TD, but the Marshals had to work for the score.
On third-and-goal at the 7, a bad exchange from center to quarterback left the Marshals in fourth down at the 15, but junior quarterback Cole Barnard found Allen in the end zone to put Marshall County on the board with just under 30 seconds left in the opening period.
Ethan Mensch’s conversion kick was blocked and Henderson led 21-6 at the first quarter stop.
The margin was 38-6 at halftime and grew to 52-6 before Marshall County scored in the third quarter.
Allen took over at quarterback after Barnard was shaken up by a block in the back that did not draw a penalty for the Colonels during Kobe Carter’s 56-yard punt return and on the second play from scrimmage, he connected with Nichols for a 73-yard TD strike. Nichols ran the two-point conversion to make it 52-14 with 4:12 left in the third period.
The Marshals put together a drive that ended in a 7-yard run by Holbrook with 1:55 left to play.
The drive was fueled by a long run by Chris Goard, an acrobatic catch by Austin Spicer of a pass from Allen that was deflected by a Henderson County defender and some hard-nosed running by Robinson and Holbrook.
Holbrook also caught a pass from Allen during the drive.
It was the fourth straight win for Henderson County since an 18-0 loss to Covington Catholic on Sept. 13.
The Marshals suffered their second straight loss since a 43-0 win over Crittenden County Oct. 4.
Goard had eight carries for 76 yards. Nolan Nichols only 27 yards on the ground, but caught two passes for 78 yards, one of them for his second receiving TD and ninth overall this year
THIS WEEK: The Marshals finish their district slate by entertaining Daviess County Friday at Carroll Traylor Stadium. The Panthers, 4-4 overall, lost 49-12 at home to McCracken County last week. Both the Marshals and Panthers are 0-2 in the district.