Toren Redmond presents a unique dilemma for the Marshalls entering the ’22 season. He’s green. He’s raw. He is built, frame wise, closer to what the position requires at the 6A level in Kentucky than the other candidates on the present roster and Redmond has all the intangibles to play QB very well. We believe Toren gets his shot, under center, this coming Fall.Fletcher W. Long, Senior Scout and Editorial Board, KPGFootball
Last year’s predominant QB for the Marshalls, Quinn Smith, has graduated. His back-up, Conner Nix, is back for a senior campaign.
Nix didn’t get too much run in ’21 (pardon the pun). He completed five (5) of his 28-passing attempts for only 28-yards (what are the chances) with zero TD-passes versus three (3) INTs.
Clearly, the Marshalls have to get better production from the position. That is if the Marshalls are to compete at the classification at which its enrollment requires.
This begs the question, what about Toren Redmond, class of ’25? Sure, Redmond didn’t get any PT a year ago; but he has the frame (6’2,” 170-pounds), the intelligence (4.0 GPA), and skills (one of QB Hit Lists top Pro-style QBs, commonwealth-wide) to be proficient in Coach Etheridge’s offense.
Now Marshall County was 3-8 in ’21. That is eerily similar to the 3-6 posted in the pandemic shortened ’20 but superior to the 2-9 it posted in ’19.
Two of Marshall’s three wins in ’21 were blowout victories over 1A Fulton County and 2A Ballard Memorial. The other win was over a 4A Warren Central squad which hasn’t won a single football game since besting Warren East on October 16, 2015. Marshall County escaped the Warren Central game, a year ago, by a single point.
Marshall County has to find a way to field sufficient talent to challenge its district rivals in 6A, District 1. Looking at last year’s results against Henderson County, McCracken, Apollo, and Daviess County, the answer appears centered around finding more consistent offense.
Among its District foes, the only team against whom the Marshalls scored more than once was Apollo. The Marshalls came close to beating the Eagles, dropping that game 35-28.
Things are looking up for the program. Steve Etheridge is doing what he was brought to town to do and that is resurrect a once proud program and tradition.
One of the first steps has been finding the talent in the hallways and getting it out for the football roster. Toren Redmond is the type of physically gifted athlete which has been “answering the call.”
The effort to field a team comprised of the area’s top talent must continue. The Redmond-types have to continue to put in the time, in and out of season, required to field a competitive football team at Kentucky’s highest classification.
Is it Toren Time in Marshall County, Kentucky? We believe it just may be!
This is Coach HB Lyon, reporting for KPGFootball, and we’re JUST CALLING IT LIKE WE SEE IT!
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