Marshall Takes Out Lindale at Home, 47-21
LINDALE -- Lindale didn’t get the homecoming game it wanted Friday night as the Eagles stuck with the Marshall Mavericks in the first half, only to see the Eagles fall 47-21.
The Eagles had 265 total yards to Marshall’s 484. Lindale Quarterback threw for 176 yards, one touchdown and one interception. Dylan Worrell was on the receiving end of his touchdown pass. The wide receiver had three catches for 37 yards and one touchdown. Jordan Jenkins rushed for 80 yards and two touchdowns.
Marshall had 260 passing yards. J.J. Green had 222 of those along with five touchdowns and one interception. He found Tahj Washington four times for 64 yards and three touchdowns. He also connected with DeKendrick Bender six times for 68 yards and one touchdown. Savion Williams had five catches for 77 yards and one touchdown.
Two plays into the the first quarter saw Washington score his first touchdown of the night on a 65-yard route to draw first blood. The PAT failed and the Mavericks lead was just 6-0 with just 24 seconds taken off the clock.
The Eagles responded with a four-yard touchdown from Jenkins to tie the game up. That tie didn’t last long as Landon Love’s PAT sailed through uprights to give the Eagles their first lead. Six minutes showed on the clock.
The next score came with 7:03 left in the second quarter. Washington’s reception went 18 yards for a score. Still unable to convert the PAT, the Mavs led 12-7.
Then with 1:18 left in the half, Heinaman’s pass was caught by Worrell for a seven-yard touchdown. That put the Eagles back on top 14-12.
Marshall had a response of its own when Washington scored for third time by snagged Green’s pass to complete the 24-yard touchdown play. Green found Washington for the 2-point conversion to put the Mavericks back in the lead 20-14 with 20 seconds in the first half.
Not even a minute into the second half, Green found Bender for a 19-yard touchdown pass. That gave Marshall 27-14 lead with 11:04 in the third.
Washington cashed in his last touchdown of the game with 2:07 left in the third when he snagged Green’s pass to score from nine yards out, making Marshall’s lead 34-14.
Bender, who’s normally on the receiving end, decided it was better to give as he tossed a pass to his quarterback who grabbed the ball before it had a chance to hit the ground. That gave the Mavericks a 40-14 lead with 41 ticks in the third quarter.
The Eagles managed another trip to the end zone on a 21-yard run by Jenkins. They still trailed 40-21 at the 9:37-mark in the fourth quarter.
The clock showed 6:42 when Marshall scored the final touchdown. Savion Williams hauled in Green’s pass to make the final score 47-21.
Marshall (2-2, 1-0) will return to Maverick Stadium Friday for homecoming against Hallsville while Lindale (1-3, 0-1) will take on Nacogdoches on the road.