Marshall’s First Win of the Season Comes Against Texas High in District Opener
TEXARKANA -- J.J. Green and the Marshall Mavericks notched their first win of 2017 on Friday night, edging Texas High 35-33 in the District 16-5A opener.
Green threw for 278 yards and three touchdowns in the win, with three completions going to Se'Lah Smith for 128 yards and two touchdowns. Chandler Kelehan caught a 65-yard touchdown for Marshall.
Rodarius Smith rushed 12 times for 70 yards and a touchdown for Marshall, which took an early advantage in district play.
Texas High, which dropped to 2-3 on the season and 0-1 in district, got 204 yards and three touchdowns passing from quarterback Coltin Clack. Chris Sutton rushed for 72 yards and a touchdown on 28 carries, while Tevailance Hunt was once again the Tigers' top receiver with four catches for 64 yards and two scores.
The game was a shootout in the first half, with Marshall taking a 28-21 lead into halftime after Hunt caught his second touchdown of the game with 46 seconds left in the first half.
Texas High cut Marshall's lead to one after Sutton scored on a 6-yard touchdown with 3:57 left in the third quarter. But Marshall responded with Green's 65-yard touchdown to Kelehan to put the Mavericks up, 35-27.
Texas High got back within two after backup quarterback hit Kobe Webster for a 21-yrad touchdown, but Marshall's defense forced Texas High to miss the two-point conversion with 1:35 left in the game.