Thursday, September 28, 2006
MA takes it on chin at Magnolia Heights
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy stepped out of district and up a classification Friday night and ran into a buzz saw in Senatobia.
Class 3A Magnolia Heights remained unbeaten on the season (5-0) with a 53-6 win over the Class 2A Patriots, who dropped to 2-3.
The Chiefs scored 21 of their points in the second quarter and led 28-0 at the half. Marshall’s lone score, a 1-yard run from Taylor Dempsey, came in the third period.
Magnolia Heights scored 14 in the third and added 11 in the fourth on a touchdown and two-point conversion and a field goal.
Hunter Ferguson scored three touchdowns for the home team on runs of 3, 66 and 25 yards, while teammate Cameron Lawrence scored two on runs of 10 and 15 yards. Getting one touchdown each were Addison Lawrence, on a 3-yard carry, and Kyle Collinson, on an 80-yard interception return. Sam Hong added a 17-yard field goal.
Marshall threw the ball 30 times. Quarterback Brent Adams completed 12 for 166 yards and was picked off three times.
Leading receivers were Hunter Bolden with 53 yards, Wesley Harris with 45 and Justin Gray with 43.
“I was pleased with what I saw up front from our young offensive line,” said Patriot head coach Wade Griffin. “We threw the ball 30 times, and Brent (Adams) was virtually untouched. We didn’t give up a sack.
“With that type of protection we just have to throw and catch.”
The offense produced 101 yards on the ground. Adams was the leading rusher with 49 yards.
“We did some good things offensively; we just have to learn to finish,” Griffin said.
On the defensive side, Griffin said there wasn’t enough fight in his MA squad.
“They (the Chiefs) hit us in the mouth,” he said. “It’s a matter of rolling our sleeves up and hitting somebody. There wasn’t enough fight in the dog. Our guys need to mix it up.”
He said Magnolia Heights made a living of running on the corners.
“We didn’t set a corner all night,” Griffin said. “That was disappointing. We’re better than what we showed Friday night.
“We need more leadership and more intensity. I expect more out of our players, and we didn’t get it Friday night.”
Top tacklers for Marshall in the loss to Magnolia Heights were Chase Samples with eight, Jake Paylor with seven and one sack, Taylor Dempsey with seven and Adams with six.
The Patriots will next play three straight home games – this Friday versus Calhoun Academy, October 6 versus North Sunflower and October 13 versus Kirk. They will go to Lee (Clarksdale) October 20 with a playoff spot likely on the line. Delta beat Lee 22-14 last Friday to put the Raiders in the first place driver’s seat in the district.
“We have a chance to get redirected and get things going back in a positive direction, starting this week with Calhoun,” Griffin said. “We just have to take it one snap at a time. We will go back to work this week.”
Calhoun, a Class A school, is 1-3 after a 40-0 loss last Friday night to Winona Christian.
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