Thursday, October 9, 2008
Jr. high Pats win district
The Lee Colts never really knew what hit them. It happened so quickly.
The undefeated Marshall Academy junior high Patriots touched the football just four times in the first half and scored on all four. They stunned previously unbeaten Lee with a 28-0 halftime advantage and coasted to the 42-6 win.
MA upped its unbeaten mark to 6-0 (4-0 in the district) and clinched the district championship. The Patriots will travel to district foe Indianola this Thursday for their final regular season contest.
Elgin Lafever returned the opening kickoff 83 yards for a touchdown. The try-for-two failed.
Two minutes later, on the Patriots’ first offensive play from scrimmage, Chase Ferrell raced along the sideline for 73 yards and six more points. The try-for-two was unsuccessful.
Early in the second quarter, Trey Johnson nailed the Lee quarterback for a loss on fourth and goal at the 5.
With the offense taking over, Ferrell took the first snap and darted the distance up the middle for a 90-yard touchdown. Neil Murphy ran for the two-point conversion. It was 20-0.
Lee threatened again late in the second quarter, but Aaron McAlexander intercepted a pass in the end zone and returned it 102 yards for a touchdown. Ferrell added the two-point conversion on a keeper.
After Jake Hurdle recovered a fumble in the third quarter, MA drove down and Murphy scored on a 16-yard run. The try-for-two failed. The lead was 34-0.
Brantley Harris completed the Patriots’ scoring on a 35-yard run midway through the fourth. Zach Pritchett ran for the two-point conversion.
Lee added a late touchdown to make the final 42-6.
Ferrell carried seven times for 180 yards and Murphy four times for 36 yards.
Marshall’s first-team defense has allowed only one touchdown in six games. Leading the way in the win versus the Colts were Tyler Cook and Davis Kelly with eight tackles each and Dustin Allen and McAlexander with seven tackles each. Allen also had a fumble recovery. Lafever and Ferrell had six tackles each.
“We played a great ball game,” said head coach Keith Owens. “We played as a team.”
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