Thursday, August 26, 2010
MA tunes up in jamboree
By BARRY BURLESON
The Marshall Academy junior high football team split a pair of 20-minute games in the District 1-AA Jamboree Thursday.
The Patriots, who hosted the preseason contests, downed North Delta School 6-0 and then lost to Indianola Academy 18-0.
The MA defense flexed its muscles early versus the Green Wave when Logan Liddy tackled the quarterback for a loss and later Jacob Driggers recovered a fumble.
After the teams swapped punts, the Patriots got their offense in gear.
Starting from their own 25-yard line, Brian Novarese ran for eight yards on first down and then quarterback Dakota Dailey broke free on a bootleg to the right and raced 43 yards to the North Delta 24.
Dailey threw a quick pass to Thomas Faulkenbery, who got loose along the sideline for 22 yards to the 2. From there, Dailey scored on the quarterback keeper.
The Marshall defense then held the Green Wave on a fourth and 10 with 53 seconds left to secure the win.
The Patriots were no match for Indianola in their second and final game of the evening.
The Colonels scored on the first play of the game. Michael Sykes ran up the middle for 70 yards and six points.
MA fumbled on its first play. Indianola recovered at the Patriot 22.
Tristan Tackett put the Colonels on top 12-0 with a 6-yard touchdown carry.
Indianola got is final points when Wheeler Timbs darted 45 yards for a touchdown.
The junior high Patriots, with a roster which features just six ninth graders, hosts Magnolia Heights this Thursday at 7 p.m. to kick off the regular season.
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