Thursday, October 27, 2005

Jr. high Patriots win bowl game


The Marshall Academy junior high football team has added a bowl championship trophy to the school’s 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 didn’t play real well all the time, but we found a way to win. That’s what I’m 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.

That’s 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 MA’s John Tomlinson intercepted a pass to secure the 16-14 victory and set off a celebration by the visitors.

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