Thursday, September 24, 2009
Monday night football
The Marshall Academy junior high football team built a 14-0 halftime lead, then made it hold up for a 14-6 victory over Kirk Academy Monday night.
The game, originally scheduled for last Thursday, was postponed due to the thunderstorms that came through the area.
Patriot head coach Keith Owens summarized the game like this.
“We didn’t play very well but we did come out with a victory,” he said. “Give Kirk credit. They played with heart and came in with a good game plan.”
Marshall received the opening kickoff and methodically moved the ball down the field. The Pats went 60 yards on six plays, all on the ground. The big play of the drive was Chase Smith’s 35-yard run which placed the ball on the 7. On the next play, Zack Pritchett scored. The point after attempt failed but Marshall led 6-0.
After the two teams traded possessions, MA got the ball with just under three minutes remaining in the half. On the first play, Pritchett connected with Aaron McAlexander for a 36-yard pass play, placing the ball on the 16. Three plays later Pritchett again found the end zone from 8 yards away and also added the two-point conversion to give the Pats a 14-0 lead with 1:46 remaining in the half.
Marshall would keep Kirk off the scoreboard through most of the third quarter. But, with four seconds remaining, the Raiders’ Garner Vance would score on a 6-yard run. The point-after attempt would fail as Vince Hoyt and John Wesley Ray teamed up to sack Gunner Hudspeth. MA would lead 14-6.
Marshall’s next possession would not result in any points but they were successful in running the clock to under four minutes before Kirk would gain possession. The Raiders would move down to the Pats’ 30 and had a fresh set of downs. Here is where the defense stiffened. Freshman Stephen Pannell came up with a quarterback sack on second down and McAlexander batted a pass away on third. Facing a fourth and 11, the Raiders put the ball in Vance’s hands. He came up just short of the first down as McAlexander and Dustin Allen stopped him 1 yard short of the marker.
The Patriots would then run the clock out and improve their record to 4-0. This was also their second conference victory of the year.
Marshall will have a quick turnaround as they travel to Batesville to face North Delta Thursday. Game time is 7 p.m.
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