Thursday, November 17, 2011
River Oaks next for MA
By BARRY BURLESON
The next challenge for Marshall Academy is to knock off the defending Class AA state champion.
MA must travel about five hours to River Oaks, La., for its next game Friday at 7 p.m. The winner advances to the state championship game Friday, Nov. 25, at 5:30 p.m. at Millsaps College where it will face either Simpson or Trinity for the ultimate crown.
“River Oaks is the defending state champion, and believe me, they looked like it against North Delta last Friday (a 29-27 win in Batesville),” coach Barrett Donahoe said. “We have a great challenge.”
He said the Mustangs, with four good running backs, are “not fancy; they just try to outplay you.”
“They have enough speed to run around the edge and enough power to run right over you,” Donahoe said. “They’re a run-heavy team – fundamentally sound.
“They’re very sound defensively, too.”
“Their coaching staff has been together a long time, and they’ve built a successful program.”
He also believes his Patriots will be prepared, fired up and ready.
“Our kids have been resilient all season long and have done a great job,” Donahoe said.
“Opportunities to play for a championship are very rare.
“Being 11-1 at this point of the season is special, but we have to get better as a football team this week.”
River Oaks is 9-3, with losses to Trinity and Class AAA champions Jackson Academy and Washington.
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