Thursday, October 12, 2006
MA junior high team drops close one at Delta
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall and Delta were tied at the half Thursday in junior high football action at Marks, but the Raiders grabbed a lead after intermission and held on for the 20-16 win.
Coaches Wade Griffin and Jimmy Hicks said the Patriots kept battling despite injuries to two key players, running back Tyler Childers and quarterback Hank Owens.
“We did not lay down,” Hicks said. “We fought the whole way. You always want to win, but I believe our kids grew up. We had a lot of young kids who came in and contributed.”
MA went up 8-0 in the first quarter on Childers’ 5-yard run and a two-point conversion pass from Owens to Joey Brock.
Delta returned the ensuing kickoff to the Marshall 2-yard line and scored two plays later and then added their own two-point conversion.
It was 8-8 at the half.
The Patriots then fell behind 20-8 in the second half before Childers raced 70 yards for a touchdown. He also ran for the two-point conversion to wrap up the night’s scoring.
“It had to be a great game to watch,” Griffin said. “This group has done some great things. They’re playing hard, and I’m very proud of them.
“Delta gave us some problems with the option. Their quarterback did a great job of handling the football.”
Childers became disoriented during the contest, Griffin said, and Owens turned his ankle.
“That’s two pretty big bullets for us who were not at full speed,” he said.
The Patriots, 2-2 on the season, travel to Grenada this Thursday night to face Kirk Academy.
The final two games of the season will also be on the road. The junior high football team goes to Strider on Thursday, Oct. 19, and then visits North Delta on Thursday, Oct. 26.
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