Thursday, October 19, 2006
Junior high Patriots lose by two at Kirk Academy
The Marshall Academy junior high Patriots saw a fourth-quarter rally fall just short Thursday night at Kirk Academy.
They fell to the Raiders 22-20 and their record dropped to 2-3 on the season.
“It was a tough one to lose,” said assistant coach Jimmy Hicks. “Kirk has the best junior high team we’ve played this year. We had an opportunity, but we let it slip by. Our kids played well.”
Kirk led 8-0 at the half.
The Patriots tied the game in the third quarter on a long touchdown run and a two-point conversion by Tyler Childers.
Early in the fourth, the Raiders went up 14-8.
MA turned the ball over and Kirk scored again and also added the two-point conversion to go up 22-8 with 3:53 remaining in the game.
Childers took the ensuing kickoff near the sideline, cut back across the field and raced 65 yards for six points. The try-for-two was unsuccessful, and Marshall trailed 22-14.
A few plays later the MA defense forced a Kirk fumble, which the Patriots recovered.
Quarterback Hank Owens then threw to Joey Brock, who completed the 65-yard touchdown play. The try-for-two and a tie on the scoreboard failed.
“We tried an onside kick and almost got it, but instead Kirk was able to run the clock out,” Hicks said.
The junior high Patriots were scheduled to visit Strider on Tuesday night of this week. They then wrap up the season with a trip to North Delta Thursday, Oct. 26.
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