Thursday, August 27, 2009
Marshall steamrolls Rossville
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy scored early, easily and often Friday night in its season opener at neighboring Rossville, Tenn.
The Patriots led 14-0 just 1:11 into the game and reached the end zone six more times in the first half. The final tally, a 56-6 blowout, was already on the scoreboard at intermission. The clock ran non-stop in the second half.
“We jumped on them early with those quick scores and it kept snowballing,” coach Keith Wicker said.
John Tomlinson returned the opening kickoff 30 yards and on first down caught a pass from Hank Owens, broke some tackles and ran 42 yards to the Rossville 11. Tyler Childers scored the first of his four touchdowns on the night - this one on a 2-yard carry.
Kicker Chase Carpenter was a busy man in Rossville. He was eight for eight on extra-point kicks and booted the ball into the end zone on several kickoffs.
On the Wolves’ first possession, they mishandled the ball on first down. Will Patton picked it up and carried it 12 yards for the score. MA had stunned the home crowd - leading 14-0 with 10:49 still left in the first quarter.
The Patriots scored two more times in the first quarter. The next possession started when the Pats foiled Rossville’s faked punt try. Chase Ferrell got the touchdown on a 12-yard run.
Then with 4:21 to go in the opening period, Owens tossed to Childers, who got loose and darted 52 yards to the end zone. Carpenter’s fourth extra-point kick made it 28-0.
The points kept coming for MA in the second half, starting with the first play. Childers raced 78 yards for six more points.
The Wolves recorded their lone points on the night after a Marshall miscue on a punt reception. The home squad concluded the 33-yard drive with a 16-yard touchdown run. The extra-point try failed. It was 35-6 with 8:45 left in the first half.
The Patriots continued to light up the scoreboard - getting their next touchdown just a few seconds later. Childers returned the ensuing kickoff 81 yards for the score. A flag on MA after the play left Carpenter with a 35-yard extra point attempt, which he nailed.
Marshall Academy completed its scoring on Ferrell’s 36-yard run with 3:32 to go in the second quarter and Tomlinson’s 3-yard run with just 54 seconds to go in the first half. The last score was set up by Trey Johnson’s interception and return to the Rossville 13-yard line.
There were no points in the second half. MA missed a 25-yard field goal in the third.
“Winning easily like that can work against you or work for you,” Wicker said. “You can get the big head or you can use it as a momentum builder for the next week. I know one thing - Magnolia Heights this week will be totally different.”
The Class AA Patriots host the Class AAA Chiefs Friday night at 7:30. Magnolia Heights beat North Delta 42-26 in week one.
“Magnolia Heights is always a challenge,” Wicker said. “We just have to believe. We need a good week of preparation.”
MA rushed for 237 yards versus Rossville. Childers had three carries for 89 yards, 29.6 yards per carry. Owens passed for 94 yards on two completions.
The Marshall defense held the Wolves to 81 yards of offense, 45 rushing and 36 passing. The top tackler for the Pats was Jake Delashmit with four.
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