CENTERBURG — Donnell Marshall’s game-opening kickoff return touchdown got the Centerburg football team off to a good start against visiting Mount Gilead on Friday, as the Trojans won, 28-7.

Marshall once again led Centerburg (4-2, 2-1) with 62 yards on 11 carries, but his 80-yard kickoff return, which took just 12 seconds off the clock, was his only score, giving the Trojans an instant 7-0 lead.

Centerburg took off from there, scoring again with 8:39 to play in the period on Jack Gregory’s 19-yard TD pass to Hayden Sutton to make it 14-0. Trey Kendrick ran in from 1 yard out with 51 seconds left, and the Trojans’ lead was 21-0.

The Indians (2-4, 1-2) had its only touchdown in the second quarter, as Brady Mermann hauled in a 10-yard pass from Joel Butterman for a 21-7 score, but Gregory and Sutton hooked up again, this time for nine yards, to make the score 28-7.

That proved to the be the final score as well, as neither team was able to score in the second half.

Centerburg gained 341 total yards to 225 for Mount Gilead, with Gregory completing 15 of 21 passes for 177 yards and two scores to lead the way for the Trojans. Marshall, Tyler Johnson (5-48) and Trey Kendrick (10-47) shared the rushing duties, and the team totaled 164 yards on 32 carries. Sutton gained 88 yards on seven catches.

Mermann gained 75 of Mount Gilead’s 106 yards on the ground, and Butterman completed 11 of 17 passes for 119 yards. Owen Blanton was the team’s top receiver, catching five passes for 73 yards.

The Trojans were very good at extending drives, going 6 of 12 on third downs, while the Indians were 2 of 17 on third downs but, more desperate to keep drives going, were 5 of 6 (83%) on fourth downs.

Both teams have another KMAC game next Friday at 7 p.m., Centerburg at first-place East Knox and Mount Gilead at Highland.

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