DRAFFENVILLE -- The stakes were high Friday night as the Marshall football team faced their last Class 6A game of the season. The Marshals fought through the last seconds of the game, the team forcing Luke Wyatt through the Apollo offense for a touchdown to tie the score. Unable to see the ball cross the goal line amid the mass of players, the officials ruled the attempt short, and the final buzzer sounded on a 28-35 loss for the Marshals.
Apollo was quick to score Friday night on a 56-yard run by Harold Hogg in the first minute of play. Marshall took almost 10 minutes of game time to march the ball down the field for their own touchdown by Garrett Parker, but Hogg was back, this time for 46 yards and another Eagle touchdown.
Marshall County took control of the second quarter. They tied the score on a 6-yard touchdown run by Luke Wyatt just two minutes in. The Marshals then settled in to stop Hogg and shut down the Apollo offense.
Ty Buchmeier was back in action on both sides of the ball. A four-yard run by Buchmeier gave the Marshals their first lead of the game. The Marshals then forced Apollo into fourth and 17. Marshall County took over on the 50-yard line and drove the ball down the field into Apollo territory.
The Marshals were set up for their fourth touchdown of the game. Quarterback Quinn Smith needed one yard which was roughly the length of his arm. On a quarterback keeper, Smith stretched the final inches to break the plane of the goal for a 28-14 lead.
Two more touchdown runs by Hogg had the teams tied again at 28-28. With 0:57 left on the clock, Chase Rhinerson's pass to Brandon Husk was good, and Husk was good for 73 yards and a touchdown. Apollo had pulled ahead with less than a minute on the clock.
A kickoff return with penalties against Apollo had Marshall starting the their last possession on their own 40-yard line. With 0:19 left in the game, Buchmeier ran for 55 yards placing the ball on the Eagles' two-yard line. As the last 0:15 ticked off the timer, all Marshals on the field did all that they could to force Wyatt and the ball into the end zone, but in the end, the officials were unable to see the ball cross the plane and ruled the attempt unsuccessful resulting in a loss for the Marshals.
THIS WEEK: The Marshals head to Campbellsville this Friday night to play on the Campbellsville University field against Harrison County.
NEXT WEEK: The Marshals will host the Eagles from Graves County for their final game of the 2019 season.
MARSHALL COUNTY 28, APOLLO 35
Marshals 7 7 14 0 -- 28
Apollo 14 0 7 14 -- 35
APO: Harold Hogg 56-yard run (kick good), 0-7, 11:08, 1st
MAR: Garrett Parker 4-yard run (kick good), 7-7, 2:56, 1st
APO: Harold Hogg 46-yard run (kick good), 7-14, 0:00, 1st
MAR: Luke Wyatt 6-yard run (kick good), 14-14, 9:57, 2nd
MAR: Ty Buchmeier 4-yard run (kick good), 21-14, 9:46, 3rd
MAR: Quinn Smith 1-yard run (kick good), 28-14, 3:25, 3rd
APO: Harold Hogg 3-yard run (kick good), 28-21, 1:40, 3rd
APO: Harold Hogg 22-yard run (kick good), 28-28, 9:39, 4th
APO: Chase Rhinerson 73-yard pass to Brandon Husk (kick good), 28-35, 0:57, 4th
MAR: Quinn Smith 5-7-101
APO: Chase Rhinerson 7-13-130
MAR: Luke Wyatt 24-129-1, Garrett Parker 9-82-1, Ty Buchmeier 9-70-1, Quinn Smith 13-61-1
APO: Harold Hogg 24-263-4
MAR: Ty Buchmeier 3-78, Talon Smothers 1-23
APO: Brandon Husk 4-84-1, Geoffrey Johnson 3-46