September 6, 2012
It takes only two words to sum up Marshall Academy’s third straight win to start the season – total domination.
MA gained 464 yards, while limiting Immanuel Christian to just 60. The result was a 48-0 win for the home team at Patriot field.
“We’re getting to a point where we’re executing at a higher level,” coach Bart Jenkins said. “We’ve come a long way in a short period, but there’s still plenty of room for improvement.”
Two MA running backs ran for more than 100 yards each versus the Rams – Devin McGreger 151 on six carries and Artemus Boyd 121 on nine. The Pats had 336 yards rushing.
Dakota Dailey was eight-of-11 passing for 128 yards. Aaron McAlexander led the receivers with three catches for 57 yards.
Two Patriots had eight tackles each – Matt Rappa and Von Watson. Three others had seven apiece - Hunter Barringer, Antonio Love and Zack Pritchett.
“From a defensive standpoint, we’re playing very good – polished and crisp,” Jenkins said.
The coach told his players after the game that he isn’t proud of all the penalties – 13 for 110 yards.
“We have to eliminate those by next week,” he said. “We will play a very good football team (Lee Colts).
He later called the flags “senseless,” saying many happen on “ridiculous” blocks behind the play.
“We have to be much more disciplined,” Jenkins said.
The Patriots led the Rams 41-0 at the half – scoring two touchdowns in the first quarter and four in the second.
MA opened its point production on a 25-yard completion from Dailey to McGreger, who also kicked the extra point.
Later in the first, MA drove 63 yards in just four plays. Dailey ran untouched into the end zone from 17 yards out for more points. The point-after try failed.
Marshall touchdowns in the second period came on Watson’s 2-yard plunge, Dailey’s 5-yard keeper, McGreger’s 60-yard burst and McAlexander’s 39-yard reception from Dailey.
The latter score of the half was set up by Watson’s interception.
In the second quarter, MA got a two-point conversion, Dailey’s pass to Colt Lindsey, and had an extra-point try blocked before Roy Billions was successful on a pair of kicks.
McGreger capped the Marshall scoring with 10:20 to go in the third quarter. After Boyd got loose for a 33-yard gain, McGreger traveled through a huge hole provided by the offensive line and went 47 yards for six. Billions added the extra point.
The second half was played with a running clock.
The Patriots’ schedule suddenly gets tougher – starting with a ride to Clarksdale this Friday. Then District 1-AA play begins with road trips to Carroll (September 14) and Indianola (September 21) and a home date with North Delta (September 28).
“It’s time to polish up,” Jenkins said. “We’re doing some great things, but we have to play smarter. There will come a day when those mental mistakes could really hurt us.”
Lee, a larger Class AAA school, stands 2-1.
“It’s going to be a big challenge for us,” he said. “When you mention Clarksdale Lee football, you know they will hit you. We must play a physical football game.”
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