Gilbert leads Indians to win over Hornets
Marked Tree played host to the Harrisburg Hornets last Friday night in high school football action. Bailey Gilbert scored four touchdowns to lead Marked Tree to a 34-13 victory.
The Indians opened the game with an onside kick that hit one of their own players giving the Hornets the ball at Marked Tree 44 yard line. Harrisburg capitalized as Connor Haag tossed a 35-yard touchdown pass to Jeremy Martin for a 6-0 Harrisburg lead. Jarrett Orr added the extra-point making it 7-0 with 10:23 left in the opening quarter. Harrisburg fumbled with 6:07 left as Spencer Parham fell on the loose ball giving the Indians possession on the Hornets 42-yard line. The Indians drove down field with Gilbert scoring from five yards out to make the score 7-6. Josh Simpson added the point after to tie the game with 3:31 left. The Hornets drove down the field before Cam Mitchell stepped in front of a Haag pass for an interception with 1:32 left in the quarter to stop the drive.
Both defenses stepped up in the second period as lots of hard hits were handed out. Marked Tree got a lucky break as Kedrick Tyler took a sweep around the right side, broke free, fumbled the ball and got a perfect bounce as he never broke stride in recovering the fumble and went 68 yards for the score. Simpson again was good on the extra-point to make it 14-7 with 2:32 left before half. The teams went to the locker rooms at half with the score remaining the same.
The defenses kept up their good play in the third quarter. Marked Tree got a score in the quarter as Gilbert took a hand off up the middle and found pay dirt from 20 yards out to make it 20-7 with 4:12 left. Simpson's point after was no good.
Gilbert struck again as he raced 75 yards for a touchdown with 8:07 left in the game making it 26-7. Simpson made it 27-7 with the point after. Haag scored on a five-yard run with 5:59 left to make it 26-13. The extra-point was no good. Marked Tree scored the final points of the game as Brody McCrary found Gilbert for a 26-yard touchdown pass with 1:05 left in the game. Simpson set the final score at 34-13 with the point after.
"It was one of those nights that they (Marked Tree) played well," Harrisburg coach Keith Davis said after the game. "We missed some opportunities and they made big plays where we did not," Davis added.
No stats for Harrisburg were sent in to the Democrat Tribune.
Gilbert led the Indians with 150 yards rushing on 12 carries with three touchdowns. Gilbert also caught three passes for 40 yards and a touchdown. Tyler finished with 68 yards rushing on three carries and a touchdown while catching two passes for 32 yards. McCrary completed nine of 12 passes for 107 yards and one touchdown.
Mitchell had an interception and Parham recovered a fumble for the Indians defense.
"I thought our defense did a great job of containing Harrisburg tonight," Marked Tree coach Waylon Dunn said after the game. "Coach Wages did a great job getting the defense," Dunn added. "I thought we executed pretty well and didn't give up the big plays. We did a good job all the way around with the offensive line doing a better job of blocking," Dunn said.