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Huge 1st half sends Tigers to region championship

Posted on Wednesday, October 25, 2023 at 4:45 pm

Post File Photo by Chris Siers Kamariq Perryman has established himself as the go-to back out of the Tiger backfield, having rushed for 534 yards and averaged 6.4 yards per carry.

Post File Photo by Chris Siers The Tiger defense has been firing on all cylinders during the team’s seven-game win streak.

By Chris Siers
NASHVILLE — The stage is set.
Following a rocky start to the 2023 season, the Marshall County Tigers (8-1, 6-0) have now rattled off seven-straight wins following a Week 2 loss to Shelbyville Central and have positioned themselves to play for a region championship, following Friday night’s 60-18 blowout win at Whites Creek.
The Tigers imposed their will against the Cobras and piled up 46 points in the first half alone.
Senior quarterback Silas Teat completed just 5-of-9 passes, but three completions went for touchdowns and the Tiger gunslinger threw for 123 yards, with his longest completion of the night going to Jayden Randolph.
Aja Jones made a pair of grabs for 34 yards and a score, while Randolph caught the one pass on a 51-yard touchdown strike.
Freshman Kel Hightower added a 14-yard touchdown grab as well.
After building a 22-0 le

Post File Photo by Chris Siers Silas Teat turned in another masterful performance at Whites Creek, completing just 5-of-9 passes for 123 yards, but scored three touchdowns in the process.

ad in the first quarter, the Cobras struck back with 12 points in the second quarter, only to be overshadowed by the Tigers’ 24 second-quarter points.
Kamariq Perryman provided the balance in the Marshall County offense, rushing nine times for 66 yards and a score, while senior Antomme Cowthorn also scored on a 17-yard touchdown run.
Senior kicker Wyatt Joyce was a perfect 6-of-6 on extra points and added a 41-yard field goal to the scoring fray as well.
The win puts the Tigers on a collision course with the No. 1 Class 4-A team in the state—Pearl Cohn.
While known for its athleticism and ability to score at will, the Firebirds’ biggest storyline has been their defense this year.
Pearl Cohn has allowed just six points in the last five games, which includes four-straight shutouts as well.
This year, the Firebird offense is averaging 43.1 points per game and allowing just 5.9 points per game.
The Tigers have been no slouch on the defensive side of the ball, either.
Aside from the Week 2 non-district matchup against Shelbyville Central, the Tigers have allowed just 6.9 points per game.
Marshall County has also been extremely efficient on the offensive side of the ball as well, averaging 48.3 points per game over the last six games.
Teat has been the spark plug to make the offense go.
He’s thrown for just over 1,400 yards this season and has 25 touchdowns and no interceptions, while completing 65% of his passes.
Randolph has emerged as one of Teats’ top two targets, making 28 catches for 552 yards and six touchdowns.
Jones has been the other top downfield threat for the Tigers in the pass game, having made 30 catches for 437 yards and 12 touchdowns this season.
Perryman has established himself as the workhorse out of the Tiger backfield, rushing for 534 yards and averaging 6.4 yards per attempt to go along with six touchdowns.
Marshall County will need all hands on deck on Friday night at Pearl Cohn.
The win over Whites Creek secured at least a first-round home playoff game in two weeks, but a win on Friday night at Pearl Cohn (9-0, 6-0) would guarantee the Tigers host throughout the playoffs.
Kickoff is set for 7 p.m. in Nashville.

Marshall Co. 22 24 7 7 — 60
Whites Creek 0 12 0 6 — 18