New Marshall County head football coach Steve Etheridge told his team Friday night “you win or you learn.” He went on to say that Monday they would be doing a lot of learning.
Friday night’s matchup with Calloway County revealed fundamental issues on which the young Marshals will be focusing in upcoming practices.
The Marshals graduated 14 seniors last year, leaving this year’s roster more than half filled with freshman and sophomores. This year, the young team took the field with only minimal practice due to COVID-19 and fell to the Lakers, 33-0.
Talon Smothers’ kickoff put Calloway County on the Marshall 35-yard line to start the game. A quick sack by the Marshals put the Lakers at a five-yard loss on second down. The Marshals slowed the Calloway County offense, taking nearly seven minutes off the clock before the first points were on the board. Calloway County’s Kanyon Franklin took a three-yard run for the first Laker touchdown.
Marshall County controlled the ball to the end of the quarter. Garrett Parker pushed to the Marshall 48-yard line. Quinn Smith gained another yard on a quarterback sneak, followed by an 11-yard pass to Logan Reese. The quarter ended on a one-yard run for Kameron Bowerman to the Laker 40-yard line.
Six seconds into the second quarter, Smith’s pass was intercepted by the Lakers. A minute-and-half ticked off the clock as Calloway moved the ball and crossed the goal line on a 53-yard run by Kanyon Franklin for a 13-0 Laker lead at 10:21 in the second quarter.
Calloway County scored a second second-quarter touchdown on a 17-yard pass to Drew Hudgin from Franklin.
A fumble on a Marshall punt ended in Calloway County’s fourth touchdown of the game. Timarion Bledsoe ran for a six-yard touchdown midway through the third quarter giving the Lakers their final scoring play of the game, setting the final score at 33-0.
The Marshals will travel to McCracken County this weekend. Coach Etheridge will lead the Marshals back to his former home to take on the Mustangs. Etheridge said, “Right now, the focus is on us…focus is on getting us better, getting the team better. It’s not about the opponent. It’s about us.”
In their last meeting, Dylan Rayburn took the single Marshall touchdown into the end zone on a 29-yard pass from Quinn Smith. The Marshals rushed for 135 yards with Smith leading with 80 rushing yards. Rayburn’s 29-yard touchdown reception made up more than half the Marshal’s 40 passing yards.
Marshall County will host Daviess County Sept. 25 with another 7:00 p.m. kickoff.