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Marbury upends Tigers

By Michael Butler

Tallassee lost a heartbreaker on Friday that extended its losing streak to three games. Marbury jumped out to an early lead and held on to win 22-20.

The Tigers had a chance to grab their first lead with 3:36 remaining, but Alec Carswell's 30-yard field goal try hit the right upright and bounced off the goalposts and onto the J. E. "Hot" O'Brien Stadium turf.

On the ensuing drive, a 15-yard unsportsmanlike penalty on Tallassee's defense extended the Bulldogs' final possession. Jerrel O'Neal sealed the deal with a run for a first down on third down. Marbury then ran out the clock.

"They came out here ready to play," Tallassee head coach Mike Battles said. "We had a lot of foolish penalties. We played very selfish at times. You're not going to win ball games playing like that."

Tallassee (2-3) committed 10 penalties for 85 yards. One erased a long touchdown run by 'Lil Josh Griffin off the board.

"Every time we did something good, we did three things bad," said Battles. "It was uncharacteristic, a very sloppy ball game. I'll take the blame for that."

Marbury (2-3) built a 13-0 lead into the second quarter before Tallassee's first score, a one-yard run by Tyler Ellis. Ellis had two rushing touchdowns with 135 yards on the ground.

Down 13-6, Tallassee tied the game early in the third quarter on DJ Leonard's 31-yard scamper. Leonard had 81 yards on 10 carries and an interception on defense.

For every Tallassee response, Marbury had an answer. The Bulldogs scored on a three-yard run by Carsyn Cobb to make it 19-13. Baylor Cannon's 20-yard field goal made it a two-possession game in the fourth quarter.

"We're going to reevaluate," Battles added. "I'm very disappointed because we're not doing things like we normally do. We've got to figure out why, and we've got to get it corrected."

Tallassee travels to Chilton County (2-3) in Clanton on Friday night. It will be the first meeting since 2009. Tallassee leads the series 12-8.

Kickoff will be at 7 p.m. Score 94.7/Hit 106.9 will have live coverage beginning at 6. Audio streaming is available at: with an audio simulcast on Spectrum Cable Channel 340. Video is streamed on Tallassee Times TV through YouTube.

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