GREENVILLE - Marshall’s rushing attack helped lead the Mavs to a 42-14 win over the Greenville Lions Friday night, advancing their record to 4-4 overall and 3-1 in District 16-5A play. The Lions are now 1-6 overall and 0-3 in District play.
Marshall finished the night with 360 yards total offense, 324 of which came on the ground while 36 came through the air. Cameron Haller led the Mavs rushing attack with 14 carries, 111 yards and two touchdowns. Demarcus Alexander rushed for 105 yards and three touchdowns. Hunter Herrington went 3-of-6 for 23 yards through the air. Haller went 2-for-2 passing with 13 yards. The Mavs finished the night with 17 first downs.
Greenville had 223 yards total offense with 15 coming on the ground and 73 coming through the air. Cadamion Hale had 22 carries for 123 yards and one touchdown in the loss for Greenville. Caleb Jarvis went 8-of-14 with 73 yards, one touchdown and one interception. The Lions came away with 11 first downs on the night.
On fourth-and-5 of the game’s first drive, Haller punched it into the end zone for the first points of the game. Jacob Suarez tacked on the extra point to give the Mavs a 7-0 lead with 8:28 left in the first quarter.
Marshall’s defense gave it back to its offense moments later, and Alexander ran in untouched from 14 yards to give the Mavs a 14-0 lead with 5:56 to go in the opening quarter.
The Mavericks were faced with another fourth down when Haller scored his second touchdown, this one coming from nine yards out, spreading Marshall’s lead to 20-0 with 7:32 to go in the first half.
Once again, the Mavs’ defense forced the Lions to bring out the punting team when the punt sailed over the punter’s head and Marshall’s Devante Carlisle recovered it in the end zone to boost Marshall’s lead to 27-0 with 6:07 left until halftime.
Greenville got on the scoreboard on the final play of the first half. Jarvis ran for eight yards before the Lions called a timeout with one second remaining. Jarvis connected with Luis Garcia in the end zone to make it 27-7 heading into the break.
Hale scored the Lions’ second and last touchdown of the game on the opening drive of the second half. His 21-yard run cut Marshall’s lead to 27-14.
Alexander found the end zone again on a 10-yard run. The Mavs were successful on a two-point conversion to make it 35-14. Moments later, Alexander rushed for the final touchdown of the night from 18 yards to put the nail in the coffin and seal up the 42-14 win.
Marshall will return to action Friday when they play host to the Hallsville Bobcats in a Harrison County matchup. Greenville will travel to Texarkana to take on Texas High.