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Marshall stampedes over Hallsville


By NANCY NILES, Sports Editor Marshall News Messenger


Saturday, October 14, 2006


Marshall quarterback Derrick Sneed and running back Andrew Clough combined for more than 400 of the Mavericks' 593 total rushing yards in the teams' 52-27 victory over Hallsville at Maverick Stadium Friday night in a game dubbed the "Harrison County Bowl."


Sneed rushed for 173 yards and four touchdowns on 19 carries, averaging more than nine yards-per-carry while Clough averaged a whopping 16 yards-per-carry off his 228 rushing yard performance including one score in the second quarter. The Mavs racked up a grand total of 619 yards of total offense – a season high – while the 'Cats had 441 yards.


Despite the similarities in the Marshall and Hallsville offenses philosophy-wise, the Mavericks had one huge offensive asset the Bobcats couldn't seem to overcome and that's a superior offensive line. Holes were created and six different ball carriers found those holes with astonishing regularity for the Mavericks. In addition to Sneed and Clough, sophomore Darius Jones toted the ball seven times for 90 yards and one first-quarter touchdown while sophomore Dameon Smith added another 47 yards and a score in the third quarter.


In fact, the running game was going so well for Marshall that Sneed only threw the ball five times, connecting once with Jones for 26 yards in the Mavs's first drive of the night, a nine-play march capped by a 3-yard touchdown by Sneed to give the Mavericks an early 7-0 advantage.


In an apparent attempt to catch the Bobcats off guard, the Mavericks opted for an on-side kick which they conveniently recovered at the Bobcats' 44-yard line. Four plays later the Mavs were up 15-0 thanks to some fancy footwork by Sneed on his 16-yard scoring scurry.


Earlier in the week Marshall head coach Rodney Southern said he believed whomever won the turnover battle would win the game.


He was right on the money as the Mavs extended their lead to 28-6 on a four-play drive following a fumble both caused by and recovered by defensive powerhouse Demetrius Wilder.


Both Jones and Sneed were also able to snag interceptions on back-to-back drives by the Bobcats in the second quarter.


Hallsville quarterback Shane Fry was, however, able to connect with district-leading receiver Darius Valentine for three touchdowns – one each in the second, third and fourth quarters. Fry finished the night 18-of-26 for 286 yards with three touchdowns and two picks.


Hallsville's only other score of the night was a two-yard dash by junior running back Chase Hollon in the 'Cats first possession of the night.


Starting running back Kendrick Survia led the Bobcats on the ground with 22 carries for 147 yards. Valentine hauled in the lion's share of Fry's throws with seven catches for 118 yards while Survia managed four catches for 93 yards off a handful of well-timed screen passes.


The loss was a tough one for the Bobcats who entered the game in a tie with Whitehouse on the district leaderboard but falls to 4-2 on the season and 2-1 in District 12-4A play. The reigning district champ Marshall entered in the middle of the district pack but improves to 4-2 and 2-1 to remain in the thick of the hunt for the district title.

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I'm guessing this was the largest crowd Maverick Stadium has seen outside of Longview coming to town.


Great atmosphere all the way around. You could tell it was a big game.


Congrats to the Mavs on the big win.


And Good luck to the Bobcats the rest of the way. You guys have a great team with about as much speed as any team I've seen.

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Here is the Longview Write up:


Mavs outduel Bobcats in district showdown




Saturday, October 14, 2006


MARSHALL — Turnovers played a big key in Friday night's annual battle between Hallsville and Marshall.


Marshall's defense forced four turnovers, while holding onto the football on offense to steamroll the Bobcats 52-27 at Maverick Stadium.


Of course, piling up 601 rushing yards doesn't hurt, either. Leading the onslaught was Andrew Clough, who finished with 234 yards and one touchdown on 15 carries. Quarterback Derrick Sneed also had his share of big runs en route to 163 yards on 18 carries and four touchdowns. Darius Jones pitched in with 106 yards and one score on eight attempts.


The win puts Marshall (4-2, 2-1) right back in the thick of the District 12-4A race behind Whitehouse (3-0).Hallsville, drops to 2-1 (4-2 overall).


The Hallsville offense was very effective, moving the chains 23 times for 443 yards, but it committed four turnovers in Maverick that proved too much to overcome.


After setting a career-high in passing yards a week ago, Bobcat quarterback Shane Fry again set a personal-best with 285 yards. He connected on 18-of-26 passes with three scoring tosses, but two goal-line interceptions proved costly.


All three touchdowns were to Darius Valentine, who hauled in seven receptions for 116 yards. Kendrick Survia rushed for 144 yards on 22 carries, while also logging four catches for 93 yards.


Marshall took the opening kickoff and marched 76 yards on nine plays. Sneed ran for 31 yards on the first play, before connecting with Jones for 26 yards on third down. The quarterback trotted in for a 3-yard touchdown runto give Marshall the lead with 7:38 left in the first quarter.


The Mavs then perfectly executed an onside kick and regained possession at the Hallsville 44. Four plays later, Sneed scored again, this time from 16 yards out. Clough's two-point conversion run put Marshall on top, 15-0, before Hallsville ever touched the football.


Hallsville responded with a 70-yard touchdown drive,which featured Fry hooking up with J'vonte Crayton and Valentine for gains of 24 and 23 yards. Chase Hollon put the Bobcats on the scoreboard with a 2-yard run at the 3:37 mark.


Marshall came right back with a 55-yard drive in five plays, with Jones scoring on a 25-yard jaunt.


This time it took the Mavs just four plays to increase their lead when Sneed dashed 41 yards to paydirt with 9:38 left before the half.


Hallsville answered, due in large part to runs of 12, 12, and 28 yards from Survia. Fry finished the drive with a 10-yard strike to Valentine in the back of the end zone.


The relentless Marshall attack immediately put up another seven points after Clough carried the ball three times to account for 64 yards. He crossed the goal line dragging Bobcat defenders with him to give the Mavericks a 35-14 halftime lead.


Hallsville got the ball to start the second half and quickly moved inside the Marshall 20 yard-line. However, a fumble marked the third straight possession to end in a turnover.


Marshall then put away all thoughts of a comeback with another swift march.

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Not with 5 sophomores on defense.


They better find a defense between now and December. Otherwise....I'd think not.


And I'm a homer.

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Texas High looms in the wings unless Nacogdoches has a miracle happen. But Texas High is looking a little human.

And that is if Marshall makes the playoffs. It's looking better now but it's still a long season for every contender.

I think I will just keep my prognostications to myself and enjoy this wild and crazy season.


May the best three teams win! and represent our whole district with distinction!

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Don't be bashful Catmaniac! No one knows any better than you how this is turning out.


I can't blame you for wanting to keep your predictions to yourself though, it looks like it's gonna get more crazy before it gets clearer.

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