After three consecutive weeks of being on the road, Marshall County returned to Carroll Traylor Stadium and Jim Shelton Field Friday and found “Home Sweet Home” wasn’t that sweet.
In a five-game losing stretch, the Marshals suffered their first shutout, 20-0, at the hands of Henderson County. The loss dropped Marshall County to 2-5 overall and 0-3 in 1st District Class 6A.
Turnovers were the main culprit for Marshall. Quarterback Conner Nix, filling in for the injured Quinn Smith, threw three interceptions; one of which got the Colonels (5-1, 1-0 in district) on the board just 1:38 in the first quarter. His second came right before halftime.
The Marshals also accounted for two lost fumbles.
Henderson made its first of two field goals on the night early in the second quarter for a 10-0 lead at halftime, then repeated its scoring scenario in the second half.
It marked the Colonels’ second straight 20-0 game after defeating Paducah Tilghman by the same margin a week earlier.
Nix was 4-for-21 passing for 16 yards, while Landon Utley led Marshall’s ground game with 62 yards off 17 carries.
Despite the loss, the Marshals showed a defensive spark with disrupting Henderson County and accounting for 49 tackles (led by Aiden Dunigan and Keadon Ford), which was above their 41 average this season.
Marshall County will be off this week for fall break and return to the home field Oct. 15 to host Owensboro Apollo in another district tilt. After an open date last Friday, Apollo (4-2, 1-0) will travel to Henderson Friday.