Thursday, October, 2009
Pats race by Raiders
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy, with homecoming distractions and a week after securing a district title, looked lackadaisical at times Friday against Oak Hill but pulled away for the win.
The Patriots never trailed in a 41-13 rout of the Raiders.
“We were not ready to play offensively or defensively,” head coach Keith Wicker said. “But we got the win, and that’s the main thing. They were a large team. Our speed was the difference.”
MA improved to 8-1. Non-district foe Oak Hill dropped to 3-7.
Marshall struck first on the third play of the game. Quarterback Hank Owens threw a short pass to running back Tyler Childers, who made a spin move to avoid some would-be tacklers, and darted 65 yards for the score. The extra-point kick was no good.
Oak Hill answered behind workhorse running back Doss Miller. He carried on seven of the eight plays in the 80-yard march. Miller scored on a 1-yard plunge. The point-after try failed. The game was tied at 6 with 7:53 left in the first quarter.
“They ran it down our throat that first drive and that kind of woke us up,” Coach Wicker said. “We definitely played a little better as the game went on, but we’ve got some work to do.”
MA’s fake punt try failed on its next possession, and the Raiders took over at the Patriot 34-yard line. But the defense, led by two stops from Drew Rappa and one from Jake Delashmit, allowed Oak Hill just 4 yards on four downs.
The Patriots then put together a 70-yard, 13-play drive. Childers carried on seven of those plays, including two runs for 10 yards each. Owens threw to Josh Vanderburg for a 15-yard gain to the Oak Hill 9. Childers got the six points on a 1-yard surge. Chase Carpenter’s kick put MA in front 13-6 with 11:16 to go in the second period.
Marshall struck two more times before the half.
After Owens and John Tomlinson hooked up for 21-yard pass play, Elgin Lafever dashed 43 yards on a reverse for a touchdown. Carpenter added the extra point with 6:11 on the clock.
Less than four minutes later, the Owens to Childers connection was successful again, this time covering 59 yards and putting another touchdown on the board. Carpenter’s kick made it 27-6, and that score held until the half.
Oak Hill opened the second half with a drive reminiscent of its scoring march on its first possession of the night. The visitors traveled 80 yards in 12 plays for what proved to be its last points. Cameron Ellis got the touchdown on a 14-yard carry. Reid Posey kicked the extra point. The score was 27-13 with 5:22 to go in the third quarter.
Marshall Academy produced more points in seven plays. Vanderburg started the 65-yard drive with a 16-yard carry into Raider territory. Childers finished it with a 5-yard touchdown run. Carpenter added the extra point for a 34-13 advantage.
The score stayed the same until late in the fourth period. Zack Pritchett, who moved up from the junior high squad, intercepted an Oak Hill pass and returned it 20 yards to the Raider 25. Four plays later Pritchett scored on a 9-yard run up the middle. Carpenter’s kick gave MA the 28-point victory.
Childers rushed 17 times for 89 yards and caught two passes for 124 yards. Owens was six of nine passing for 170 yards.
The Patriots close the regular season this Friday night by hosting West Memphis, the last place team in the district. Kickoff is set for 7:30 p.m. The next week, November 6, the District 1-AA champions will host a first round state playoff game. Kickoff for the playoff game will be at 7 p.m. at Patriot Field.
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