Thursday, August 16, 2012
MA tunes up; Chiefs visit Friday night
By BARRY BURLESON
The preseason football jamboree is a measuring stick.
“We’ve come a long way,” said Bart Jenkins, head coach at Marshall Academy, “but we definitely have some work to do, too.”
The Patriots beat the host school, Carroll Academy, 8-0 Thursday night and then lost 13-0 to North Delta School.
The Patriots were on offense first versus Carroll and moved the ball almost at will down the field. But penalties kept pushing them backwards and an interception followed.
The Rebels took over at their own 1, and on first down, the MA defense made the tackle in the end zone for a safety.
The Patriot offense later got on the scoreboard when Dakota Dailey threw a quick pass to Devin McGreger, who darted down the sideline for a 50-yard touchdown. The extra-point try failed.
In its second jamboree contest of the night, MA could not slow down the Green Waves, who got 47- and 1-yard touchdown runs.
The Patriots also played a pair of 10-minute B-games. They beat Carroll 6-0 on a 23-yard scoring toss from Zack Pritchett to Tucker Fant. They tied North Delta 0-0.
The biggest disappointment for Jenkins Thursday night in the jamboree was the lack of hustle by his squad.
“I think there was a lot of standing around and depending on someone else to make a big play,” he said. “Hustle should not be an issue.”
He said MA’s new sophomore quarterback, Dailey, operated the offense well and the backs ran the ball good.
“We have some things up front (in the offensive line) that we have to work on this week,” Jenkins said. “We blew some blocking schemes. We felt we had that fixed, but we didn’t, and that’s what the jamboree is for. The amount of penalties we had is also unacceptable.”
Defensively, he said his Patriots are “behind.”
“And I take the blame for that,” he said.
“The good thing is we can look at film and make corrections. We have this week to fix some things before we go against Magnolia Heights Friday night.”
The Class AA Patriots host the Class AAA rival Chiefs at 7:30 p.m. to kick off the new season.
“It will be a hard-hitting football game,” Jenkins said.
“It’s hard to play down a rivalry, but most importantly, we need to focus on executing and getting better.”
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