Leader Blues

Saturday, November 08, 2008

SPORTS>> Devils rout Patriots,finish third

By KELLY FENTON
Leader sports editor

There was no hangover, just maybe a little bit of anger left over from Jacksonville’s senior night loss to West Memphis last Friday night.

The Red Devils took it out on Marion in a thoroughly dominating 48-22 road win to conclude the regular season and earn the No. 3 seed heading into the state playoffs. More importantly, they will open up at home, most likely against Sheridan next Friday night.

“I’m really pleased because the kids understood how important it was to bring that show back home,” said head coach Mark Whatley, whose team improved to 5-5 and finished the conference at 4-3. “It’s been a long season and these kids have done a lot of hard work to set us up for this.”

Patrick Geans erupted for 225 yards rushing on just 14 carries and scored 4 touchdowns. Quarterback Logan Perry was 8 of 12 for 205 yards and two scores — one, a 23-yarder to Demetris Harris and the other a 31-yard strike to Devin Featherston.

Jacksonville opened up a 28-6 lead at intermission.

“We gave up some big plays tonight, but we kept them out of the end zone,” Whatley said.