Thursday, October 6, 2011
Junior high Patriots claim district championship
For the third time in four years, the Marshall Academy junior high Patriots are District 1-AA champions.
MA dismantled rival North Delta 46-28 Thursday night at home, setting off a big celebration. The Patriots finished their district slate at 4-0 and improved to 5-0 overall.
Two non-district games await – this Thursday at Winston Academy and October 13 at home versus West Memphis (Ark.) Christian.
The Patriots ran 15 offensive plays in the first half and scored 20 points.
On the second play of the game, Devin McGreger raced 34 yards to the end zone. A try-for-two was not successful.
Thomas Faulkenbery intercepted a North Delta pass on the Green Wave’s first possession.
Dakota Dailey and Colt Lindsey hooked up on a couple of pass completions – one for 18 yards and another for 24. Then McGreger recorded his second touchdown, this on an 8-yard carry, with 4:30 to go in the first quarter. Dailey kept the ball for the two. It was 14-0.
North Delta cashed in a 50-yard drive to end the opening period. Bailey Sullivant scored on a 4-yard run, and Ridge Simmerman kicked the extra point.
The Patriot defense held twice inside its 35 later in the first half.
Then the offense quickly drove 67 yards to pad the Marshall lead. Dailey called his own number and dashed 23 yards up the middle for the six points and a 20-7 lead. The try-for-two failed.
With three seconds to go until intermission, Faulkenbery batted down a North Delta pass attempt in the end zone.
The MA defense stopped the Green Wave at the Patriot 33 to begin the second half.
On second down, Dailey released a long pass for Tucker Fant, who made a leaping catch and completed the 67-yard touchdown. A try-for-two was foiled by the North Delta defense.
With 1:09 to go in the third, the Green Wave’s Sullivant carried for another score, and Simmerman kicked the extra point.
The Pats’ lead was trimmed to 26-14.
Whitt Rodgers of Marshall recovered an onside-kick attempt for the second time in the game. Then on first down, Dailey hit Faulkenbery behind the secondary for 53 yards and a touchdown. Hunter Barringer carried for the two.
MA had run only three plays in the third quarter and scored twice.
Hunter Baker got additional points for the visitors when he ran 11 yards up the middle for six. The point-after try failed. Marshall’s lead was 34-20 with 7:40 to go in the game.
The Patriots added two fourth-quarter touchdowns – both coming on keepers by Dailey, one for 15 yards and another for 39. Both two-point tries failed.
The Green Wave picked up one more score with 36 seconds remaining. Will Hartzell got loose for a 53-yard touchdown carry. He also ran for the two.
Head coach of the Patriots is Keith Owens. Assistants are Rick Hickman and Gary Hickman.
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