ND vs. Marshall

Published 12:00 am Friday, September 25, 2009

ND and Marshall to battle in key game

By Brad Greer

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After taking last week off, the North Delta School Green Wave will jump back into action tonight as they travel to Holly Springs to face Marshall Academy in a key District 1-2A matchup. Kickoff is set for 7:30.

Both teams enter tonight’s contest with 3-1 records. North Delta is 1-0 in district play after defeating Indianola 12-7 at home two weeks ago. Tonight’s matchup will be Marshall’s first district game of the year. The Patriots started off the season by downing Rossville, (Tenn.) 56-6 before dropping a 34-7 decision to Magnolia Heights then rebounding with a victory over Faulkner (21-12). Last week, Marshall rallied from a 18-0 deficit to down Clarksdale Lee 43-26 in a driving rainstorm.

The Patriots are led by quarterback Hank Owens (5’10”, 165 pounds). The junior signal-caller tossed three touchdowns on six-of-10 passing for 137 yards in last weeks’ victory over Lee.

Running back Tyler Childers (5’11”, 170) rushed for 186 yards on 26 carries while John Tomlinson caught three passes for 101 yards and a touchdown. Jake DeLashmit also hauled in a touchdown pass from Owens.

Through four games this season,  junior tailback Tres Brasell leads the Green Wave in rushing with  516 yards on 87 carries and five touchdowns while quarterback Derek Shawn is 26-of-81 passing for 372 yards and three touchdowns to go along with five interceptions. The Green Wave has rushed for 675 yards this season.

Bryan Nickle leads the receiving corps with 13 catches for 240 yards and one touchdown.  Corbin Baker and Chris Reeves have the other two touchdown receptions. Nickle also has  played a key role on defense by intercepting a pair of passes on the season.

After giving up 347 yards rushing in a 42-26 season-opening  loss to  Magnolia Heights, the North Delta defense has been rock solid . The Green Wave has  surrendered 303 yards on the ground and 269 yards through this air in the last three games.