Thursday, February 10, 2005

Junior varsity Patriots bring home district championship
  • Team finishes unbeaten 26-0

By BARRY BURLESON
Editor

The Marshall Academy junior varsity boys used a championship win to cap a perfect season last week.

The Patriots downed Kirk Academy 67-50 Tuesday, Feb. 1, in the final game of the District Tournament at Bayou Academy and finished the superb 2004-05 campaign with a 26-0 record.

“It is very difficult to go an entire season without losing a game,” said head coach Keith Taylor. “Our goal was to play hard every game, and we did that. Our motto was ‘refuse to lose.’ I’ve been told it’s the first undefeated junior high boys team in school history.”

Marshall led Kirk by just four, 26-22, at the half, but increased the lead to 11 points at the end of the third quarter before winning by 17.

Brent Adams poured in 23 points for the Patriots. Spenser Autry was also in double digits with 16. Tyler Sanders and Kyle Young added nine each.

The junior varsity Patriots had advanced to the championship game with a 78-48 rout of Clarksdale Lee in the semi-finals.

Sanders was the offensive sparkplug with a game-high 34 points. Adams followed with 10.

“We really only had two or three close games all season,” Taylor said. “This was a great bunch of kids to coach. They bought into our system – what we’re trying to do.

“There were no selfish players. They simply hit the open man. It was a total team effort.”

The junior varsity Patriots scored almost 1,500 points for the season, while allowing just over 500.

“This team was good on defense, too,” Taylor said. “It was a special season.”

Last year’s JV team finished as district runner-up, and only one starter returned.


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