Thursday, August 27, 2009
Jr. high Pats shine in jamboree
The Marshall Academy junior high football team had an impressive showing in jamboree action last Thursday.
In the first 20-minute scrimmage against the host school North Delta, the Patriots came away with a 16-0 victory.
MA’s first score came on a 24-yard pass from Zack Pritchett to Aaron McAlexander. The two-point conversion was successful on a pass from Pritchett to John Wesley Ray.
After the two teams traded possessions, the Wave looked to get on the scoreboard. But, Ray intercepted a pass and returned it 26 yards for the score. Pritchett added the two-point score on a quarterback keeper to give the Patriots the final margin of victory.
In the second scrimmage versus Kirk Academy, Marshall again rolled to a 16-0 win.
The Patriots scored first on a quick, two-play drive. Pritchett connected with Ray for a 34-yard pass play, and Chase Smith scored on the next play, a 26-yard run. Pritchett added the two-point conversion.
After the defense forced a punt, Pritchett again connected on a pair of passes, the first to Stephen Pannell for 14 yards and the second to Ray for 16. Pritchett completed the drive with a 15-yard run and then added the two-point conversion on a pass to McAlexander.
The junior high Patriots will travel to Senatobia for their season opener against Magnolia Heights on Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.
“We hope for a good following to Magnolia Heights this week,” head coach Keith Owens said. “These kids have worked awfully hard in preparation for this.”
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