Linden shuts out St. Jude

Published 10:48 pm Friday, November 16, 2012

The Linden Patriots defeated the St. Jude Pirates on Friday night in Montgomery by a score of 46-0.

Linden’s defense stood tall all night and did not allow the Pirates to have any success on the ground or through the air.

They opened the scoring with 6:33 to play in the first quarter on a 2-yard run by Christopher Robinson. Linden forced a three-and-out on St. Jude’s next drive and got the ball back. The Patriots missed a 27-yard field goal to end the drive.

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On the Pirates’ next drive, Anthony Robinson Jr intercepted a Tony Minnifield pass and returned it to the St. Jude 4-yard line. Linden scored on the next play with a 4-yard TD run by Christopher Robinson to take a 14-0 lead with 6:30 to play in the half.

With 24 seconds on the clock in the second quarter, Linden scored again. This time on a 9-yard run by Marquise Shelton to make the score 20-0. This score held to halftime.

To start the third quarter, Jalen Lewis had a 62-yard kick return to set the Patriots up on St. Jude’s 28-yard line. On the next play, Anthony Robinson Jr. scores on a 28-yard TD run to put his team on top 27-0.

Another short series by the Pirates gave the Patriots another opportunity. Jamal Lewis scored on a 6-yard TD run and the Patriots went on top 33-0.

Linden head coach Andro Williams began putting in his backups late in the third, and they added two more scores before the game ended.

Terrance Sanders scored on a 21-yard TD run with 6:04 to play in the fourth and Demarcus Gilmore scored Linden’s final TD on a 1-yard run.

Williams said he was proud of how his team played in the game.

“We preached playing with a sense of urgency all week,” he said, “and I think we did that. We played with a lot more moxxy and swagger tonight than we did last week.”

He added that he was proud of his younger players who came in and helped the team.

“The younger guys came in and provided assistance for us,” he said. “We are by no means satisfied with where we are, though.”