October 20, 2005

MA junior high plays in bowl game Thursday

Turnovers proved costly Thursday night for the Marshall Academy junior high Patriots in their trip to Clarksdale.

Lee turned some MA blunders into points and knocked off the Patriots 32-8.

“We hung in there for about a half,” said coach Tommy Gunn. “We were down 12-8 with two minutes left in the half and then turned the ball over.”

The Colts cashed in the mistake, going up 19-8 at intermission.

“We moved the ball, but turnovers hurt us,” Gunn said. “We played hard. We didn’t quit.”

He said Lee, the biggest AA school in the state, dressed 55 players on the junior high, including 21 ninth graders. Marshall has 25 players on the entire team.

Next up for the junior high Patriots (5-3) is the Little Cotton Classic Bowl this Thursday night, Oct. 20, at Sartin Field in Tunica. They will go up against undefeated Tunica Institute of Learning (TIL) with kickoff set for 7 p.m.

“Tunica is 7-0, and it will be a challenge,” Gunn said. “We’re looking forward to the bowl game. I’m proud of this team, and the success we’ve had this season.”

Tickets for the bowl game are on sale at Marshall Academy, and those bought here by Patriot fans will benefit MA.

After the bowl game this week, the junior high team still has one game remaining, Thursday, Oct. 27, at Tupelo Christian, at 7 p.m.

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