Coach Ben Durham says Marvell Academy's 30-8 loss to Delta Academy was much closer than the score might indicate.
On the surface that sounds like an old football cliché, but a closer look at the events leading up to the final score indicate this was an accurate assessment of the contest.
The Raiders led just 6-0 at the half before returning the opening kickoff of the second half to go up 14-0. However, before the end of the third quarter the Eagles mounted a successful 70-yard drive that culminated with a touchdown run by Josh Mullinax. The TD and successful 2-point conversion quickly closed the gap to 14-8.
And that was where the score stood through the third quarter.
Delta Academy did not break the game open until midway through the final quarter when the Warriors tallied 16 unanswered points.
“From the jamboree to where we are now is quite a difference,” commented Durham. “We just don't have much depth.
“Delta is good,” Durham continued. “They have 10 seniors and they have been waiting for this season for quite a few years.”
The Eagles had several standout performances on offense and defense. Besides his touchdown, Mullinax gained 57 yards on 6 carries. Defensively, Mullinax had five tackles and one forced fumble.
Caleb Gannon was the Eagles' leading ground gainer with 105 yards rushing on 13 carries. On defense, Ethan Littleton had four tackles from his defensive tackle post.
On Friday, the Eagles, 1-2, travel to Drew, Mississippi to tangle with the North Sunflower Academy Rebels, 1-2. The Rebels are coming off a 12-6 victory over Calhoun Academy last Friday night.