Thursday, October 27, 2005
Patriots win bowl game
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy junior high football team has added a bowl championship trophy to the schools display case.
The Patriots traveled to Sartin Field in Tunica Thursday night and knocked off the previously unbeaten Blue Devils 16-14 in the inaugural Cotton Classic Bowl.
Tunica has a good team, and our kids played hard, said MA coach Tommy Gunn. We didnt play real well all the time, but we found a way to win. Thats what Im most proud of.
The junior high Patriots improved to 6-3 with one game remaining this Thursday, Oct. 27, at Tupelo Christian. Kickoff is set for 4 p.m. Tunica fell to 7-1.
Taylor Dempsey got MA on the scoreboard first against the Blue Devils. He raced 45 yards to the end zone midway through the second quarter. Trey Lindsey scored the two-point conversion.
The host school bounced back to knot the game at halftime on a 60-yard touchdown run and the two-point conversion.
The 8-8 score held until about midway through the fourth period.
Thats when Lindsey ran 12 yards for a Patriot touchdown, and Dempsey carried for the two-point conversion.
But again the Blue Devils fought back. They rebounded to score on a 40-yard run, but the Marshall defense rose to the occasion and stopped the two-point attempt.
Tunica got the ball back again and tried to mount a drive late in the game but MAs John Tomlinson intercepted a pass to secure the 16-14 victory and set off a celebration by the visitors.
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