Thursday, October 20, 2011
Marshall jr. high finishes 7-0
Before his team’s season-opener versus Magnolia Heights, coach Keith Owens made a spur-of-the-moment promise to his junior high Patriots.
“I told them if they won them all, they could shave my head,” Owens said. “Believe me, they never forgot it.”
The Marshall Academy Patriots beat West Memphis (Ark.) Christian 48-14 Thursday at home to finish the season unbeaten at 7-0. At midfield after the game, they gathered around their head coach and all took part in the head-shaving.
“They will never forget it,” Owens said. “It’s always for the kids. They deserve it. They worked hard all year long.”
He said his team did “a great job” throughout the season, but he particularly wanted to give credit to the linemen, who he said “never get in the paper.”
“They’re the ones who helped us score all those points,” Coach Owens said.
An example of the explosiveness of the Marshall offense was definitely on display in the win over the Black Knights last week. The Patriots ran just 13 offensive plays in the game and scored six touchdowns.
Devin McGreger opened the game with a 46-yard kickoff return. He scored the game’s first touchdown, on a 24-yard run, and the two-point conversion.
West Memphis had an 11-play drive, which stalled when Stephen Elgin sacked the quarterback for an 11-yard loss.
Dakota Dailey threw to Tucker Fant for 37 yards and then Dailey ran 35 yards for six points. Hunter Barringer carried for the two.
The Knights ate up all the second quarter clock with a 20-play drive. They scored with 19 seconds left and added the two-point conversion.
MA was up 16-8 at the break.
The Marshall defense stiffened in the second half and the offense lit up the scoreboard with 32 points.
Dailey darted 60 yards for six with 6:16 to go in the third. McGreger cashed in the two-point conversion.
After a fumble recovery, Colt Lindsey caught a 24-yard pass to the 1 and then McGreger plunged into the end zone from there. Fant had the two-point reception.
Still in the third, McGreger scored on a 28-yard run. Lindsey added the two-pointer. The Patriots were up 40-8.
MA closed its scoring with 6:23 to go in the fourth on a 54-yard strike from Dailey to Fant. McGreger ran for the two.
West Memphis scored on the last play of the game to slice the final deficit to 34.
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