Kilgore Manhandles Marshall, 42-0, in Season-Opener [VIDEO]
KILGORE -- Both Kilgore and Marshall looked like they had first-game jitters in the first quarter.
Kilgore got over its jitters. Marshall never did.
The Bulldogs, now competing in Class 3A, routed their former district rival, 42-0, at R.E. St. John Memorial Stadium on Friday night.
Sophomore tailback Kevrin Justice ran for two touchdowns in the Bulldogs' victory, an impressive one for Kilgore against a Marshall team that played three different quarterbacks and couldn't find a rhythm all night.
The Mavericks only committed one turnover -- an interception by Kilgore linebacker Jake Brantley -- but just couldn't get untracked. Kilgore brought back several starters on defense, and it showed: Marshall gained only 59 passing yards and the running game was shut down, finishing with minus-19 yards.
The teams kept putting the ball on the carpet early, with Kilgore fumbling the ball away on its first offensive snap of the season. But the Bulldogs did get on the scoreboard before the end of the first quarter, a 72-yard touchdown on a screen pass from senior quarterback Cooper Coldiron to running back Austin Jordan.
Kilgore would add to its lead early in the second quarter on a 9-yard touchdown run by Aaron Foy -- it was running-back-by-committee for the Bulldogs -- and the extra point by Hector Peralez gave Kilgore a 14-0 lead with 9:25 left in the first quarter.
Cornelius Bell scored on a 2-yard run and Davianta Brown on a 9-yarder to put Kilgore up 28-0 at the halftime break.
Justice scored both of the Bulldogs' second-half touchdowns, one on an 8-yard run and then in the fourth quarter on a 36-yard run. The teams got into a fight with about seven minutes left in the third quarter that caused a few minutes stop in play. It resulted in offsetting personal fouls on both squads.
Kilgore is off next Friday night, but plays Sweeny at Crockett next Saturday, a 6 p.m. kickoff. Marshall also plays next Saturday in Shreveport at Independence Stadium against Shreveport Byrd, a 3 p.m. kickoff.