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Marshals season ends with 49-7 loss to Eastern

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The Marshall defense lined up against Eastern in Friday's Class 6A first round state playoff game.LOUISVILLE - Marshall County didn't allow a single Louisville Eastern second half point but the damage had already been done with the Eagles 49 point first half performance, advancing to the round of 16 in the KHSAA Class 6A playoffs with a 49-7 win over the Marshals.

Eastern's first score came on a 47 yard pass interception for a touchdown from Marshall sophomore quarterback Cole Barnard. Another Eastern interception for a touchdown and drive that resulted in their third first quarter touchdown put them up 21-0 over the Marshals.
Junior quarterback, Clay Allen, took over duties behind the center and threw an interception after the pass bounced off Nolan NIchols and into the hands of Jaylen Johnson for the Marshals third turnover of the game.
With excellent field position inside the Marshall 10 yard line for the second time in the game, Tre Harrison, Eastern's leading rusher and receiver, went the six yards needed for a 28-0 lead with 3:15 still to play in the first quarter.
The quarter ended on an Allen interception, the fourth turnover in the game for the Marshals, putting the Eagles in Marshall territory to start the second quarter.
Eastern's drive resulted in an 11 yard touchdown run by quarterback Cody Wolfe for a 32-0 Eagle lead. Eastern would score three more times in the second quarter on a field goal, seven yard touchdown run and 20 yard touchdown run for a 49-0 halftime lead.
In his halftime comments to WCBL's Jeremy Rose, Coach Ron Barnard said "pride" would be the topic of conversation in the locker room at halftime and certainly pride is what the Marshals showed in the second half of play as their opening drive was capped off by a three yard touchdown pass to Noah Steele to put the Marshals on the board 49-7.
Neither team put any more points on the board after that, but the Marshals certainly controlled the second half of which Coach Barnard in his post-game comments was very proud. Coach Barnard, in his comments, said "There's a lot of pride to be involved in Marshall County High School programs whether it's football or any other sports or activities".
The Marshals, who have been penalized very little this season, committed two in the game against Eastern while Eastern picked up six penalties in the game. Marshall County had 185 yard of total offense, 117 of which were on the ground on 34 carries compared to Eastern with 264 yards, 174 in rushing. Most costly for the Marshals were the four first half turnovers, two interceptions each for Barnard and Allen. Leading the way in rushing was Nichols who carried the ball 18 times for 80 hard earned yards. Hardin Cosner had 17 yards rushing and Marty Holbrook ended the game with 15. Nichols also led in receiving with two receptions for 33 yards followed by Steele with two receptions for 28 yards and the Marshals only touchdown of the game.
The Marshals season ended with a record of 5-6 and Eastern will advance to play Henderson on November 9th at Henderson County.
Noah Steele looked back for the pass in the Marshals game against Eastern Friday. Steele scored the Marshals only touchdown of the game.