J.J. Green’s Seven Touchdowns Lead Marshall Past Mount Pleasant
MOUNT PLEASANT -- Marshall quarterback J.J. Green had a night to remember when he threw for 291 yards and seven touchdown passes to help lead his Mavericks to a 54-35 victory on the road against the Mount Pleasant Tigers.
He threw to five different receivers, three of which scored at least one touchdown and two of which had three touchdowns. Savion Williams had nine receptions for 155 yards and three touchdowns. DeKendrick Bender had three catches for 92 yards and three touchdowns. Tahj Washington had two receptions for 26 yards and one touchdown. In total, the Mavericks finished with 569 yards. They threw for 300 and ran for 269.
Josh Morris completed six passes on 16 attempts for 110 yards, one touchdown and one interception. He threw two completions to Tyke Fluellen for 84 yards and a score. Fluellen also rushed for 62 yards and one touchdown. Shamour Hines had four carries for 62 yards and two touchdowns. The Tigers totaled 298 yards offensively, 182 rushing and 116 passing.
Williams got his first touchdown with 9:41 left in the first quarter but Mount Pleasant responded quickly with a 63-yard run from Glinton to give the Tigers their first and only lead of the game, 7-6.
A touchdown to Savion Williams and another to Bender put Marshall on top 20-7 with 1:13 to go in the first quarter.
Bender scored two more touchdowns in the second quarter and Tahj Washington score one to bring the score to 40-7 at halftime.
The first points of the second half belonged to the Tigers. Fluellen caught a pass from Morris and took in the rest of the way to complete a 78-yard score to make decrease Marshall’s lead to 40-14 at the 10:17-mark in the third quarter.
Green found Savion Williams for his third touchdown with 9:20 left in the third, just moments before Tahj Washington returned a punt 75 yards for a touchdown. That gave the Mavericks a 54-14 lead with 7:57 left in the third quarter.
Marshall’s bench players got some playing time and that allowed the Tigers to score three straight touchdowns. Fluellen ran in from seven yards away and Hines broke loose for a 44-yard run with 4:23 left in the fourth. A fumbled ball by the Mavericks was recovered by the Tigers at the Marshall one-yard line. Hines then scored the last touchdown from a yard out with 38 seconds to go to make the final score 54-35.
Friday night will see the teams back in action when Marshall (4-2, 3-0 District 9-5A Division II) hosts the Jacksonville Indians and the Tigers will travel to Hallsville.