Thursday, September 29, 2005

• District 1-AA
Colonels dominate Patriots


Marshall Academy’s trip to Indianola Friday was one it will quickly try to forget.

The district-leading Colonels rushed for eight touchdowns and scored another on an interception return in a 60-0 victory over the young Patriots. Indianola improved to 5-1 overall and 3-0 in District 1-AA, while Marshall dropped to 2-4 and 0-3.

“It was real disappointing,” said MA head coach Wade Griffin. “We had such a good week of practice.”

Indianola’s first touchdown came on a 32-yard run by Michael Dill on its second possession.

“After that, it’s like we created a monster,” Griffin said. “Tackling became non-existent. If you don’t block and don’t tackle, it will snowball and get bad.”

Indianola’s other rushing scores came on 38- and 12-yard runs by Ben Stallings, two more touchdowns of 17 and 21 yards by Dill, and 4-, 7- and 88-yard carries by Blake Downs. Randle Wells returned an interception 62 yards for six points.

The home team led 42-0 at the half.

“We’re a young team,” Griffin said, “but we’re better than we showed Friday night.”

Marshall had just 58 yards rushing and 51 yards passing against the Colonels. Tyler Sanders carried seven times for 42 yards. Brent Adams caught two passes for 43 yards.

Top tacklers were Jonathan Allen and Jake Paylor with nine each, Justin Gray and Blake Work with eight each, Jarvis Holloway with seven and Buddy Farris with six. Paylor also had a fumble recovery.

The Patriots, thin numbers-wise all season, continue to face injury concerns. Three more players, Cody Anglin, Allen and Work, were banged up in the loss Friday night. Griffin was unsure of their status at press-time.

“We’re getting awfully thin,” he said.

It’s homecoming this week as the Patriots host Carroll Academy, another district opponet. Carroll (2-3) lost 48-12 to Lee last week.

“We won’t roll over and be sorry for ourselves,” Griffin said. “We will go back to work. We have a chance to get this thing redirected. We just have to get better.”

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