Thursday, October 5, 2006
Jr. high Patriots beat Colts
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy junior high football team downed district foe Lee (Clarksdale) 30-14 Thursday night at home.
The Patriots improved to 2-1 on the season. Next up is a trip to Delta Academy Thursday, Oct. 5.
“The overall effort was impressive,” MA head coach Wade Griffin said. “Lee has beat up on us quite a while. It was a tremendous team win.”
Marshall took the lead at the 5:26 mark of the first quarter, thanks to a 1-yard touchdown plunge by Tyler Childers. It capped a 60-yard drive. Hank Owens threw to Joey Brock for the two-point conversion.
Brock’s interception in the second quarter led to more points. The touchdown came on a 16-yard pass from Owens to Brock with just 19 seconds to go in the first half. Childers ran for the two-point conversion and a 16-0 advantage.
The Colts bounced back to score on a 55-yard run with just 8 ticks left on the first half clock. A try-for-two failed. It was 16-6 at intermission.
The third quarter was scoreless. Lee reached the MA 10-yard line once but fumbled the ball away.
Brock intercepted another pass early in the fourth period at the Lee 37, but the Patriots couldn’t cash in the good field position.
Marshall Academy’s defense stopped Lee on a fourth and seven with 2:09 to go in the game, and then the Patriot offense scored in just two plays. Childers ran for 24 yards and then 21 more for the touchdown. He also carried for the two-point conversion.
On Lee’s ensuing series, Brock picked off his third pass of the night and returned it 28 yards to the Lee 12-yard line.
Childers scored from there to give MA a 30-6 lead. The Patriots “took a knee” on the two-point try.
The Colts completed the scoring with 18 seconds remaining, the touchdown coming on a 45-yard run. They added the two.
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