Thursday, September 25, 2008
MA eases by Green Wave
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy scored early and often Friday night.
The Patriots, playing at home, led 28-0 at the half and added two quick third-quarter touchdowns on their way to a 49-14 shellacking of non-district foe North Delta. MA improved to 3-2 on the season.
“We’re improving,” coach Keith Wicker said, “and I was pleased with the effort Friday night. We were ready to play, and that can be attributed to our seniors. The effort has been there every game.”
The Patriots never punted. Both Tyler Childers and Hunter Bolden rushed for more than 100 yards.
John Tomlinson got things rolling early when he blocked a Green Wave punt, and Joey Brock recovered.
It took MA just five plays to cash in the 44-yard drive. Tomlinson scored on a 17-yard run up the middle. Chase Carpenter’s extra-point kick made it 7-0. He was seven of seven on the night.
The Patriots’ other first-quarter scoring drive traveled 76 yards. Childers had runs of 13 and 15 yards, the latter moving the ball into North Delta territory. Hank Owens threw to Childers for the 27-yard touchdown on the 10th play of the possession.
The Green Wave tried to bounce back early in the second quarter – putting together a long drive that reached the Marshall 6-yard line. Then on third and goal, Bolden sacked quarterback Bateman Greenlee and forced a fumble which teammate Tomlinson recovered.
On second down, Childers found running room, cut back across the field and cruised 80 yards for the touchdown.
MA added more points before halftime following North Delta’s shanked, 10-yard punt that rolled dead at the Patriots’ 37-yard line. Owens tossed to Childers for 17 yards and a first down. Three plays later Owens scored on a quarterback keeper from the 1.
Marshall then put the win on ice early in the third quarter.
On the first offensive play of the second half, Bolden darted straight up the middle for a 68-yard touchdown run.
“We exploded right after halftime,” Wicker said. “We didn’t even run that play right, but Hunter (Bolden) didn’t even get touched.”
Just over a minute later, Childers intercepted a pass and returned it 30 yards for a score. With 10:12 to go in the third quarter, the Patriots led 42-0.
The home team wrapped up its point production later in the third. Facing a third and 12, Owens went back to pass but instead tucked the ball and ran 62 yards down the sideline for the touchdown. Carpenter’s seventh extra-point kick made it 49-0.
North Delta added two fourth-quarter scores – one on Greenlee’s 1-yard keeper and the other on Michael Magee’s 7-yard run. Bill Gurley kicked both the extra points.
The Patriots dominated the game’s statistics, too. They had 406 yards total offense – 333 rushing and 73 passing. Childers carried four times for 111 yards. Bolden carried 11 times for 107 yards.
The Green Wave was limited to 211 total yards – 140 rushing and 71 passing.
Childers and Casey Shaw had six tackles each. Josh Vanderburg had five tackles.
The Patriots hit the road this Friday night to Columbus. They will face another team of Patriots. Class AAA Heritage Academy is 2-3 after a 40-7 loss last week to Jackson Academy.
“They’ve got basically their entire team back from last year,” Coach Wicker said. “They’re a pretty good football team. They like to stay on the ground – running the football. It’s a bigger school, and it will be challenge for us.”
He said Marshall needs the win over a Class AAA team to boost its power points, which plays a key role in the Mississippi Private School Association playoff system.
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