By Pat Turner
So far things are going to Clark coach Steve McGhee’s liking in District 27-6A Zone B play. After ending non-district with two losses, the Cougars have quickly rebounded are in the hunt for the Zone B title and a playoff spot. There’s still a good deal of football to play before even reaching that pinnacle, including contests with pre-season favorites O’Connor and Brandeis. However, the Cougars are taking care of business and doing whatever it takes to stay in the picture. Clark (4-3, 2-0) helped its cause this past week by grinding out a 27-7 win over Marshall. The Cougars had to hold off early threats from the Rams, but things started running smoothly as the game went on. A big boost came from a couple first-half heroics from William Young. After Clark’s defense held off a Marshall threat, Young put the Cougars on the scoreboard with an 8-yard touchdown pass to Devon Bloom for a 6-0 lead. Marshall, backed by the running of Tre Scallion, who rushed for 161 yards, the Rams powered their way downfield. Scallion then bolted over from 2 yards out and Mickael Hall added the PAT to give Marshall a 7-6 lead with 7:37 remaining in the first half. Marshall’s advantage didn’t last long. On the ensuing kick, Young bobbled the ball in the end zone and elected to run it out instead of taking a knee for a touchback. It worked in Clark’s favor. The speedy Young zipped downfield, avoided a defender, saw an opening and galloped 102 yards to the end zone for a 13-7 Clark lead. The Cougars finished the half with Brandon Govan scoring on a 4-yard touchdown run to increase the margin to 20-7. Clark struck for its final touchdown in the third quarter when Julian Dusau scored from 8 yards out. From that point, the Cougars relied on the defensive help from players like Carl Williams, JC Gutierrez, and Fernando Amezcua to hold off Marshall. Scallion still had his moments, but the Rams were unable to return to the end zone. Clark tries to improve its status even more Saturday when the Cougars face O’Connor at Farris Stadium.