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By MIKE SPRAGUE Sports Correspondent TELL CITY—The Tell City Marksmen scored on their first six possessions defeating Forest Park 47-7 in Pocket Athletic Conference football Friday.
Tell City's first possession started on the Forest Park 46-yard line. Elliott Brown was stopped for a 1 yard loss. On second down Reese Miller ran over the right side for a 47-yard touchdown. The Marksmen’s defense forced Forest Park to punt three plays later and the punt was downed at the Tell City 48-yard line. On the next play Brown ran around the right end for a 52-yard touchdown. Tell City forced another Forest Park punt after one first down. Again it took the Marksmen only one play to score, as Brown ran around the left side for a 70-yard touchdown. Tell City Coach Ryan George said, “We came out ran four plays and had three touchdowns.” Brown scored two more long touchdowns in the first half, on runs of 51 and 64 yards. He recovered a Forest Park fumble (after Chris Schaefer knocked it loose) to set up his 64-yard touchdown. Brown carried nine times for 286 yards and four touchdowns, all in the first half. "He wanted to stay in and play in the second half,” said George. (He did play a little on defense in that half). The Marksmen’s running attack continued strongly even without Brown carrying the ball. Miller gained 144 yards on nine carries and C.J. Rowe ran for 48 yards on five carries. Rowe scored a touchdown on a 3-yard run in the second quarter and Miller scored his second touchdown on a 9-yard run in the third quarter. Spenser Beard kicked five extra points. The Marksmen rushed for 432 yards on 19 carries in the first half, averaging 22.7 yards per carry. They limited Forest Park to 37 yards of total offense in the first half. For the game the Rangers had 101 yards of total offense, while the Marksmen had 467 yards of total offense. In the second half both coaches agreed to a running clock. Schaefer intercepted a Forest Park pass to end a Rangers’ third-quarter drive. That set up Miller’s 9-yard touchdown run. “Our seniors came out focused and ready to play,” said George. “They took care of business. We need to do that next week.” Tell City improved to 6-3 overall and 4-3 in the PAC, insuring the Marksmen’s first winning record in seven years. Forest Park fell to 2-7 overall and 1-6 in the PAC. Tell City will host Southridge for a first-round Class 2A sectional game Friday at 7 p.m.