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Marshall County V Murray High Game Preview

Some final thoughts about the comeback win over Calloway County…I'll admit, after a turnover and a stalled drive resulted in two early Calloway touchdowns, I thought the Marshals might be in for a same song, different verse type of scenario. The first 6 to 8 minutes of the game was unnervingly similar to what had happened in the losses to Trigg County and Allen County-Scottsville. Then a few things happened to give the Marshals a little momentum; the offense found some rhythm, the defense stiffened and the Marshals were able to flip field position back in their favor. Perhaps most importantly, the Marshals continued to believe in their coaches and themselves.             

The Marshals still need to find some consistency in their running game. They did have their best rushing night of the season thus far against Calloway, and while 101 yards is a respectable outing, I think bigger rushing numbers will be vital for this team to have a chance against many of the teams left on the schedule, including Murray this Friday.            

The Marshals also need to take advantage of the majority of the short field opportunities they get. Their final four possessions of the first half against Calloway all started in Calloway territory, but the Marshals only managed 10 points. A possession that started at the Calloway 29 and one that started at Calloway's 18 yielded no points. I do think the Marshals will get better at taking advantage of those situations as they gain more experience, and finding more consistency in the running game will help in those scenarios as well.             

Having said all of that, it was a great win with a determined effort that gives me optimism going forward.            

And a few thoughts about the Murray High game…To me, Murray is without question the best team the Marshals have seen so far this season, so they'll have their hands full.  Now, that's not to say it's an unwinnable game. But, the Marshals will have to make very few mistakes and take advantage of each break they get. Murray's junior dual-threat quarterback Des'Jahvanni Miles will be one of the best playmakers the Marshals will see all season. However, Miles is not the only Murray player the Marshals will have to be concerned about.  Peyton Glynn, Jonathan Curd and Tre Hornbuckle are all among the top players in 2A, District 1. And all of them were key contributors on last year's team that upset Caldwell County and advanced to the 2A state semifinals.            

The Marshals will need a quick start. If they could force a couple of early Murray turnovers and turn those into points, things could be interesting. Another slow start and their chances against Murray will be pretty slim.

Marching Marshals named Grand Champions at UT-Martin

The Marching Marshals began their 2014 competition season on Saturday at the Skyhawk Marching Band Invitational held on the campus of the University of Tennessee at Martin. Competing in Class 2A, the Marching Marshals won their class, besting the 2nd place band by over four points. In overall competition, the band competed in the Small Division, which combines all bands in Class 1A and 2A, and won Grand Champion of this division. They also won Best Field Commander in the Small Division. Next on the schedule for the Marching Marshals is their annual competition, Starfest, on Saturday, September 20 at Carroll Traylor Stadium. The contest will feature six local bands, plus the Marching Marshals. The event begins at 5:15 pm, with the Marching Marshals taking the field in exhibition at 7:15 pm. Admission is only $5 and a concession stand will be available.

Check Presentation

WCBL presents Marshall Co. football with annual donation

WCBL Sports recently made their annual $500 contribution to the Marshall County football program. The money is part of the ad proceeds from the Marshall County Schedule Posters. This is the fourth consecutive season that WCBL Sports has produced these glossy schedule posters that contain a team picture and the complete schedules for the freshmen, junior varsity and varsity teams. The schedule posters are available at WCBL in Benton, the Marshall County High School athletic office and at area businesses. Pictured is WCBL Sports Director Jeff Waters presenting Marshall County head coach Evan Merrick the check for $500.

Wain'0' is just 'W'right as Birds on the Bat heat up late to even up series with Brewers

Adam Wainwright posted his 19th win, pitching a shutout Wednesday night as the St. Louis Cardinals beat the Milwaukee Brewers 2-0 to hold their 2 1/2-game edge in the NL Central. Wainwright (19-9) worked around seven hits and tied for the major league lead in wins and shutouts. St. Louis (84-68) has won four of five and kept its advantage over second-place Pittsburgh. Milwaukee (79-73) dropped 2 1/2 games behind the Pirates for the second NL wild-card spot. Mike Fiers (6-3) held the Cardinals hitless until Wainwright singled up the middle with two outs in the sixth. It was Fiers' first start since beaning Miami's Giancarlo Stanton last week, ending his season. The Cardinals didn't get a hit off of Fiers until the sixth when Wainwright singled up the middle. The runs would come in the next frame when Matt Holliday walked, was doubled in by Matt Adams, who then got knocked in by Jhonny Peralta. The Cards will look for the series win on Thursday when Shelby Miller (10-9, 3.75 ERA) takes on former teammate Kyle Lohse (12-9, 3.81 ERA). Pregame at 6:20 pm, first pitch at 7:15 pm on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.

How 'bout them Cowboys?!?! Big "D" keeps Titans offense at bay in Music City opener

The Dallas Cowboys avoided an 0-2 start by bouncing back in a big way thanks to a dominating performance from DeMarco Murray and their beleaguered defense. Murray ran for 167 yards and a touchdown, Dan Bailey kicked four field goals, and the Dallas Cowboys beat the Tennessee Titans 26-10 Sunday. The loss spoiled Tennessee first-year coach Ken Whisenhunt's home debut. The Cowboys haven't started 0-2 since 2010 when Wade Phillips was fired midway through the season and Jason Garrett was promoted to head coach. They didn't come close to staying winless Sunday, jumping ahead 16-0 in the first half to kick off a two-game road swing strong. The Dallas defense had two sacks and two interceptions that led to 10 points. Romo easily shook off his three interceptions in the season-opening loss to San Francisco. With Murray running so well, Romo was 19 of 29 for 176 yards and a TD. The Titans (1-1) struggled in all areas after winning their opener at Kansas City and missed on their first 2-0 start since 2008. Dez Bryant had a 3-yard TD catch in a game where he went to the locker room after the opening drive to get his shoulder checked out. Murray lost a fumble for a second straight game but he topped 100 yards in the second quarter. He wound up averaging 5.8 yards a carry for the game. The Cowboys held the ball for 41 minutes, 11 seconds and finished with a 368-314 edge in total offense. Rolando McClain, who starred in college at Alabama, ended one Tennessee drive slipping his hand just underneath a Locker pass for an interception early in the fourth. He might have had a touchdown if not for an official whistling the play dead as an incompletion, which was overturned after a review. The Cowboys also forced the Titans to turn it over on downs after facing first-and-goal at the Dallas 6 with 6:22 left. Whisenhunt is the Titans' third head coach since their last playoff berth in 2008, and hope was high for a team coming off a big win at Kansas City. It didn't last long as the Titans could not have looked much worse for the first 30 minutes. The only highlights were Jurrell Casey coming up with two of three sacks. Jake Locker, who had a 111.4 passer rating in the opener, struggled missing receivers both too short and too high. He had only 26 yards with a passer rating of 7.6 at halftime. After Barry Church intercepted a Locker pass, Murray ran four times and ran 40 yards and capped the drive by shoving the ball over the goal line on a 3-yard TD run for a 10-0 lead early in the second quarter. Bailey added field goals of 48, 44 and 51 for a 16-0 halftime lead. Tennessee finally got going scoring 10 points in the third quarter, including a 61-yard TD pass from Locker to Delanie Walker. The tight end bounced off Cowboys cornerback Morris Claiborne and outran defenders to the end zone for a 61-yard TD with 7:45 left. Locker finished 18 of 34 for 234 yards. After a short, and disappointing home stand, the Titans head north to Cincinnati for a Sunday match-up with Bengals (2-0). Pregame at 11:00 am, kickoff at noon on K95.7 WCCK Sports.

So close, but so far away...Cats nearly shock the Swamp, only to be chomped in triple-OT

Matt Jones' 1-yard plunge in triple overtime gave Florida a 36-30 victory over Kentucky on Saturday night, extending the Gators' winning streak in the Southeastern Conference series to 28 games. Kentucky's Austin MacGinnis, who hit a 51-yarder to tie the game late in the fourth quarter, missed a 41-yarder to start the third extra frame. Jones had consecutive big runs that put Florida at the 1 and then slammed through the line on second down for the game-winner. The play of the game was Florida's fourth-and-7 conversion in the first overtime. Jeff Driskel floated a ball to the back corner of the end zone and found Demarcus Robinson for a 9-yard score. Robinson finished with 15 receptions for 216 yards and two scores. He tied Carlos Alvarez's school record for catches in a single game. No other Florida receiver caught more than two passes. Driskel completed 25 of 43 passes for 295 yards, with three touchdowns and an interception. Jones finished with 29 carries for 156 yards and a score. Florida (2-0, 1-0 SEC) was an 18-point favorite in the game, no surprise given how lopsided the series has been. The Gators haven't lost to Kentucky (2-1, 0-1 SEC) since 1986 and haven't lost a game against the Wildcats at Florida Field since 1979. The streak looked to be in jeopardy several times late in the SEC opener for both teams. On Kentucky's first play of overtime, Stanley Williams reversed field, outran several tackles and scored from 25 yards out. The Gators struggled to answer, but eventually did on the fourth-down play. The teams exchanged field goals in the second overtime. Florida could have found the end zone, but Driskel was late delivering the ball to Robinson near the front pylon. Frankie Velez hit from 20-yard out to send it to the third extra frame. Velez missed from 39 yards out in the fourth quarter that would have given Florida a little breathing room. Austin Hardin, Florida's stronger-legged kicker, had a chance to win it regulation. But he pushed his 52-yarder wide right. Florida trailed twice in the third quarter, falling behind 10-6 and then 17-13 on touchdown passes from Patrick Towles to Garrett Johnson. Towles picked apart Florida's inexperienced secondary, throwing for 369 yards and three touchdowns. Johnson was his top target, finishing with six catches for 154 yards. He burned the Gators for a 60-yard touchdown, and then added a 33-yard score on the next drive. Florida and coach Will Muschamp, who entered this season on the hot seat, looked to be in big trouble. But Robinson bailed them out. He caught a ball that ricocheted off Fred Tiller's hands and turned it into a 33-yard gain. Driskel found Tevin Westbrook for a 10-yard score on the next play. Robinson was even better on the next drive, catching three passes for 42 yards, including a 9-yard score that put Florida ahead. It looked like it would be for good, but Towles put the Wildcats in position for the game-tying field goal. The Gators pulled it out in overtime. After a hard-fought loss, the Cats will return home to the friendly confines of Commonwealth Stadium on Saturday, September 27, for a conference match-up with the lowly Vanderbilt Commodores (1-3, 0-2 SEC). Pregame at 9:30 am, kickoff at 11:00 am on 99.1 FM WCBL Sports.

Comeback Cards come up short as Cavs pull off the conference upset

Greyson Lambert threw for one touchdown and ran for another and Ian Frye kicked a 42-yard field goal with 3:41 remaining, giving Virginia a 23-21 victory against Louisville on Saturday. The winning points came after Louisville's James Quick fumbled a punt and Kelvin Rainey recovered for Virginia (2-1, 1-0 ACC) at the Cardinals 25. Four plays later, Frye's third field goal of the game allowed the Cavaliers to end an 11-game slide against FBS-level competition. Louisville (2-1, 1-1 ACC) had tied the game midway through the quarter, but the Cardinals' fourth turnover was too much for them to overcome. On the fumbled punt, Quick was bumped into by a teammate. The victory was the first for Virginia against a ranked team since a 14-13 triumph at Florida State on Nov. 19, 2011, and was their first in their last 11 games against ACC competition. Lambert played most of the way for Virginia, hitting Miles Gooch for a 15-yard touchdown to tie the game at 7, and scoring on a 10-yard run to give the Cavaliers a 17-7 lead in the third quarter. Frye's 47-yard field goal made it 20-7, but then Louisville came back. Gardner, who was pressured heavily and lifted in favor of more mobile freshman Reggie Bonnafon, returned in the fourth quarter and led consecutive touchdown drives. He hit Keith Towbridge for 28 yards on one third down play, and got help from a pass interference call on linebacker Henry Coley to convert a third-and-8 play. Dominique Brown ran it in from the 6 three plays later to make it 20-14. After a three-and-out for Virginia, the Cardinals drove again with a huge assist from the Cavaliers. On third-and-goal from the nine, Gardner had Coley and defensive end Eli Harold converging on him when he threw the ball right into the arms of linebacker Max Valles for an interception. But Harold gave Gardner a shove after he got rid of the ball, was called for roughing and the Cardinals had new life. Gardner found James Quick from 4 yards on the next play for a a 21-20 lead with 6:59 left. Virginia took over at its 21, reached the 39 and punted, and the turnover kept it alive. Gardner's first interception of the season set Virginia up with a short field. Anthony Harris made the pick, giving the Cavaliers the ball at the 15. Three plays later, Lambert hit Miles Gooch from 15 yards out to tie it. After a hard blow, the Cards will fly south on Saturday for its annual match-up with Florida International (1-2). Kickoff at 2:30 pm on K95.7 WCCK Sports.


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Boys Soccer: Marshall Co. 3 Murray 2 Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: Calloway Co. 4 St. Mary 0 Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: Christian Co. 1 Caldwell Co. 0 Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: Ft. Campbell 1 Hopkins Co. Cen. 1 Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: Graves Co. 6 Trigg Co. 0 Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: Henderson Co. 3 Madisonville-NH 1 Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: Mayfield 4 Lyon Co. 2 Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: McCracken Co. 12 Ballard Mem. 0 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: Marshall Co. 2 Murray 0 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: Caldwell Co. 6 Hopkins Co. Cen. 0 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: Calloway Co. 8 St. Mary 0 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: Hopkinsville 9 UHA 0 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: Mayfield 11 Lyon Co. 1 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: McCracken Co. 4 Ballard Mem. 0 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: McLean Co. 10 Dawson Springs 0 Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: Trigg Co. 3 Webster Co. 3 TIE Final (9/16)

Girls Soccer: Union Co. 8 Crittenden Co. 1 Final (9/16)

Volleyball: CFS 3 Marshall Co. 2 (25-22, 25-23, 23-25, 24-26, 15-13) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: Ballard Mem. 3 Graves Co. 0 (25-21, 25-14, 25-20) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: Caldwell Co. 3 UHA 0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-22) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: CCA 2 Calloway Co. 0 (25-15, 25-17) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: Fulton City 3 Fulton Co. 0 (25-5, 25-16, 25-10) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: Henderson Co. 3 Webster Co. 0 (25-2, 25-5, 25-5) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: Hickman Co. 3 Carlisle Co. 1 (25-9, 18-25, 25-18, 25-12) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: Livingston Cen. 3 Crittenden Co. 0 (25-6, 25-7, 25-17) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: Madisonville-NH 3 Union Co. 0 (25-17, 25-18, 25-14) Final (9/16)

Volleyball: McCracken Co. 2 St. Mary 0 (25-8, 25-14) Final (9/16)

Boys Soccer: Lyon Co. 8 Ballard Mem. 2 Final (9/15)

Boys Soccer: Massac Co., IL 4 St. Mary 2 Final (9/15)

Boys Soccer: Trigg Co. 4 Mayfield 1 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Ballard Mem. 3 Lyon Co. 0 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Calloway Co. 3 Graves Co. 2 PK Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Christian Co. 6 Dawson Springs 0 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Ft. Campbell 2 Logan Co. 1 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Henderson Co. 10 Webster Co. 0 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Hopkins Co. Cen. 5 Muhlenberg Co. 0 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Madisonville-NH 3 Ohio Co. 0 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Murray 8 St. Mary 0 Final (9/15)

Girls Soccer: Tilghman 10 Crittenden Co. 0 Final (9/15)

Volleyball: Madisonville-NH 3 Webster Co. 0 (25-21, 25-10, 25-10) Final (9/15)

Volleyball: Marshall Co. 3 Livingston Cen. 0 (25-17, 25-13, 25-16) Final (9/15)

Boys Soccer: Hopkinsville 8 Marion Co. 0 Final (9/14)

Boys Soccer: Male 2 Graves Co. 0 Final (9/14)

Boys Soccer: Pendleton Co. 2 Madisonville-NH 0 Final (9/14)

Football: Covington Cath. 49 Henderson Co. 28 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Barren Co. 2 Christian Co. 1 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Tilghman 4 Bullitt East 4 TIE Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Hopkinsville 3 Tilghman 2 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Hopkinsville 6 Bullitt East 0 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Christian Co. 2 Marion Co. 2 TIE Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Eastern 8 Madisonville-NH 0 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Graves Co. 10 Pendleton Co. 1 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Graves Co. 7 Eastern 0 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Male 2 Madisonville-NH 0 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Calloway Co. 2 Murray 1 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Elizabethtown 7 UHA 0 Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Henderson Co. 1 South Warren 1 TIE Final (9/13)

Boys Soccer: Marshall Co. 1 McCracken Co. 1 TIE Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: UHA 7 Warren Cen. 3 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: UHA 3 Warren East 1 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: UHA 9 Franklin-Simpson 1 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: Assumption 4 Hopkinsville 0 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: Caldwell Co. 4 Apollo 3 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: Christian Co. 4 McLean Co. 1 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: Hopkinsville 7 Eastern 0 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: Murray 3 Calloway Co. 2 Final (9/13)

Girls Soccer: Ohio Co. 5 Tilghman 1 Final (9/13)

Volleyball: Murray 3 CFS 1 (25-19, 25-20, 22-25, 25-7) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: Murray 2 Fulton City 0 (25-14, 25-16) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: CCA 2 Carlisle Co. 0 (25-15, 25-20) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: CFS 3 Fulton City 0 (25-18, 25-15, 25-23) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: Fulton City 2 Carlisle Co. 1 (25-20, 11-25, 25-18) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: CCA 2 Fulton City 0 (25-23, 25-11) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: Graves Co. 2 Bryan Station 1 (18-25, 25-23, 15-10) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: Graves Co. 2 Caldwell Co. 0 (25-15, 25-21) Final (9/13)

Volleyball: Madison Cen. 2 Graves Co. 1 (25-12, 23-25, 15-11) Final (9/13)

Football: Marshall Co. 17 Calloway Co. 14 Final (9/12)

Football: Caldwell Co. 50 Trigg Co. 20 Final (9/12)

Football: Mayfield 21 Murray 10 Final (9/12)

Football: Tilghman 36 Graves Co. 22 Final (9/12)

Football: Apollo 47 Hopkins Co. Cen. 12 Final (9/12)

Football: Christian Co. 45 Ft. Campbell 7 Final (9/12)

Football: Union Co. 42 Crittenden Co. 12 Final (9/12)

Football: Grayson Co. 27 Daviess Co. 26 Final (9/12)

Football: South Fulton, Tenn. 50 Fulton Co. 0 Final (9/12)

Football: Russellville 55 Logan Co. 12 Final (9/12)

Football: Madisonville-NH 60 Hopkinsville 42 Final (9/12)

Football: Warren East 63 Ohio Co. 0 Final (9/12)

Football: Bowling Green 42 Owensboro Sr. 34 Final (9/12)

Football: Ballard Mem. 64 Webster Co. 27 Final (9/12)


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