Nov. 3, 2003 – It was another "mercy rule" football finish on Saturday, as the Private School Arawaks soundly defeated the Central High School Caribs, 42-0.
The game, played at the Education Complex field on St Croix, officially ended at the beginning of the third quarter, when the score reached that point, triggering the mercy rule, which is invoked when one team attains a lead of at least 40 points over its opponent.
Both teams agreed to continue play unofficially, however, and they did so late into the fourth quarter, when the contest was called on account of rain.
On the second down of the Arawaks' first charge, John Marsh scored the first of his three touchdowns. And after a strong successive stand by their defense, the Arawaks' Miles Davis slipped through to score the first of his two touchdowns. Early in the third quarter, Matthu Barry picked off a pass and returned it for an extremely well run touchdown, avoiding several tackles as he hopped and juked his way into the end zone.
It was Central's first football game of the season, due to equipment and practice problems. Unfortunately, the Caribs became an appetizer for the St. Thomas private school team, which will be facing the recently victorious Charlotte Amalie High School Chickenhawks on Friday at Lionel Roberts Stadium on St. Thomas.
After their 8-0 victory over the Ivanna Eudora Kean High School Devil Rays on Oct. 24, the Chickenhawks are the top contenders to dethrone the defending champion Arawaks, who are undefeated for the season.
Editor's note: Antilles High School senior Marcus Jackson is a member of the Arawaks football team.
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