Thursday, August 30, 2012
Patriots torch Devils with eight TDs
By BARRY BURLESON
Marshall Academy ran about half as many offensive plays as Tunica in the first half Friday night, but five of those 15 resulted in points.
The Patriots were up 20 at the intermission and went on to blast the Blue Devils 54-21.
“We have a lot of playmakers on the field on offense,” said coach Bart Jenkins, whose team upped its early season mark to 2-0. “I saw a lot of positives.”
The defense wasn’t bad either. Aaron McAlexander snatched the momentum for MA early when he made the first of his three interceptions on the night.
The Patriots scored less than two minutes into the game on a 19-yard pass from Dakota Dailey to McAlexander.
Von Watson’s interception halted the Devils’ next possession. He returned it 23 yards to the Tunica 2. Then he took the handoff from there and tallied the six points.
McAlexander picked off the team’s third and his second later in the quarter, but the offense went three and out.
The Devils got on the scoreboard late in the first on a 5-yard run.
MA was up 14-6.
Tunica, after a successful onside kick, got an 8-yard touchdown run and the two-point conversion to tie the game with 11:04 to go in the second period.
The Patriots answered quickly. On first down, Dailey darted 70 yards to the end zone.
They added two more touchdowns in the second quarter – both by Devin McGreger. He scored on a 5-yard run and then caught a 59-yard TD pass from Dailey.
Coach Jenkins saw progress on defense.
“They (the Devils) threw the ball a lot,” he said, “and it sort of slowed us down on defense. But we calmed down and did our jobs.
“We have a new defensive scheme this year, and we have to be extremely disciplined. At times we executed well and a times we didn’t, but overall, we played good on defense.”
Marshall put the win on ice in the third with three touchdowns.
McAlexander reeled in a 10-yard toss from Dailey to start the quarter.
Then on the ensuing kickoff, Tunica fumbled and Watson picked up the loose ball and returned it 23 yards for the score.
The MA defense earned the team’s final points of the night. McAlexander intercepted a pass and raced 80 yards to the end zone.
Tunica added a 3-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
McGreger and Roy Billions kicked three extra points each.
“Our biggest positive in the game had to be the play of our special teams,” Coach Jenkins said. “We were nailing extra points and punting good (McAlexander). Plus, our kickoff team has shown improvement.”
Marshall produced 321 yards total offense. Dailey was eight of nine passing for 177 yards and he ran the ball five times for 100 yards. MA had 144 yards rushing as a team.
McAlexander caught six passes for 112 yards and McGreger two for 65,
Tunica had 246 yards total offense – 131 passing and 115 rushing.
Matt Rappa led the MA defense in tackles with eight. Getting five each were Antonio Love, Hunter Barringer and Watson. Love and Pritchett each recorded a sack.
“We had the opportunity to play a lot of guys and that will help us to see who can provide the depth we need,” Jenkins said.
The Patriots host Immanuel Christian (0-2) this Friday night at 7:30.
“Every Friday night presents a new challenge,” he said. “We have to play at a high level. We have to play the way we’re supposed to play.”
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