Thursday, August 21, 2002
MA ties one, wins one
By BARRY BURLESON
Keith Wicker saw positives and negatives from his Marshall Academy football team during Thursday’s jamboree at Lee (Clarksdale).
The Patriots tied Indianola 12-12 and defeated Lee (Ark.) 12-6, both 20-minute contests.
“We did some good things and we did some bad things, and the bad things will be corrected,” the MA head coach said.
“We made too many mental mistakes. And we did not tackle well. Our inability to tackle will be corrected.”
He hopes to have most of the problem areas fixed this week. That’s because Marshall travels to Marianna, Ark., Friday night to begin the “real season” versus the Lee Cougars. And it’s a district game, too. Kickoff is set for 7:30.
“We’re looking forward to it,” said Wicker, who led MA to the Class AA state championship game last year. “We’re excited about the season.”
Indianola couldn’t stop Marshall and Marshall couldn’t stop Indianola in the first game of last week’s jamboree.
The Patriots, after Michael Nooner’s fumble recovery, unveiled their single-wing offense and scored first on a 10-play, 65-yard drive. It was all running plays from Hunter Bolden and Tyler Childers until MA faced a second and long from the 22-yard line after a holding flag. That’s when Bolden threw to Josh Vanderburg for the touchdown.
“I think we caught them off guard a little bit with the new offense,” Coach Wicker said.
There were no extra point tries in the jamboree.
The Colonels quickly answered with a 65-yard drive of their own. But their’s only took four plays. Caleb Dodson coasted 35 yards for the score.
Another fumble recovery, this one by Vanderburg, put the Patriots in business at the Indianola 23-yard line. Childers ran twice and Bolden twice. Bolden’s second carry of the short drive, from 2 yards out, resulted in a 12-6 lead for Marshall.
Just 2:21 remained, but that was enough for the Colonels. They used pass plays of 8 and 54 yards to reach the MA 3. Dylan Yates scored on a 2-yard plunge. It was the game’s final play and tied the score.
Wicker gave the rest of his Patriots playing time in the jamboree contest versus Lee (Ark.) and they did well, he said. The result was a 12-6 win.
Marshall opened with a nine-play, 65-yard march. The big play was a 35-yard toss from Hank Owens to Joey Brock. Josh Thompson got the touchdown on a 2-yard carry.
The Cougars tied the game at the 10:00 mark on a 4-yard toss from Kolby Ball to Blayne Beene.
The Patriots then ate up six minutes of the clock and recorded the game-winning points. All three first downs in the 65-yard, nine-play drive came on passes - 13 yards from Owens to Brock, 7 yards from Owens to Harris Gholson and then 35 yards from Owens to Brock. The latter pushed the ball to the Lee 5-yard line. On third and goal from the 6, Owens kept for the touchdown.
Brock iced the win in the last minute when he picked off a pass and returned it 20 yards to the Lee 28.
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