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3 Owls sign with MIAA programs

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

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Three Marshall teammates may be glaring at each other from opposite sides of the gridiron in the future.

On national signing day for high school recruits of NCAA members, (from left) seniors Matt Buford, Nathan Cato and Matt Jacobs -- starters for out-going Owls head coach Paul Thomas (right) -- are headed to Division II MIAA programs.

Buford and Cato are going to Missouri Western State University in St. Joseph, while Jacobs signed a letter-of-intent with Truman State University in Kirksville.

Jacobs, the son of Charles and Loreen Jacobs, led Marshall in rushing the past two seasons -- twice voted all-NCMC and all-Central Missouri and earning Missouri Sportswriters and Sportscasters Association all-state honors as a junior. During those campaigns, he carried the ball 622 times for 3,061 yards and 27 touchdowns. He plans to major in accounting.

Cato has also made the all-conference and --district teams twice, also being named to the Missouri Football Coaches Association all-state team last year. The 6-foot-5, 270-pound offensive lineman, the son of Cliff and Sheila Cato, anchored the blocking unit for Jacobs. Last year Cato -- who wants to major in physical education -- led the Owls' defensive linemen with 54 tackles, 12 for losses.

Buford was an all-NCMC and --district wide receiver, catching 20 passes in 2009 for 363 yards and four TDs. The son of Terry Butler and brother to former Marshall player Michael Baker, Buford is a two-time conference 100-meter dash champion who hopes to study electrical engineering.

The Griffons (9-3, 6-3 MIAA) tied for second in the league standings to Division II national champion Northwest Missouri State last season, while the Bearcats (2-9, 1-8) shared the cellar.

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I'm proud of the accomplishments of these guys. I will have to say, one of the things I liked best about Paul Thomas was he always seemed to encourage his players to continue their education after graduation by trying to connect them with a college or junior college program where he felt they could excel. That's really what counts.

I would like to see our next athletic director promote some school spirit among our students. I don't know how to do it, but I think it needs to start when they are young!!

-- Posted by oneofmany on Sat, Feb 6, 2010, at 12:11 AM

Never mind...I see it. I guess the site was a little messed up.

-- Posted by cjay on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 12:50 PM

Why was my post deleted?!?!

All I said was that I understand how aikman8 feels and that if the school board makes the right selection for the new HS football coach things will turn around.

-- Posted by cjay on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 12:49 PM

Latham was canned for not following guidelines as far as the Thomas elimination.

Latham is not a fair person. This is the guy that tried to take away the swimming program without notifing the parents or athletes that were involved with the program to try and "save money."

He also tried to waylay the success of the cross country and track programs not allowing the athletes to run on streets.

BUT he didnt succeed with the xc program. The kids were smarter then him and ran on their own and eventually, even if it was towards the end of the season, got limited streets to run on.

He just didn't do things in a fair manner.

As for the main reason for the artical:

Marshall always has a stand out athlete in every program. Whether it be Alex McKinney in wrestling, these fine young men for football, whom had a wonderful coach, Katie Wells in track and xc, Mason Webber in swimming, and now Chris Ward and Tyler Nichols, Morgan Lamberson in golf or some of the fine young ladies in the tennis program.

Marshall has great athletes all around. We do have some outstanding coaches as well.

Congratulations you guys! Well deserved!

-- Posted by get a clue on Fri, Feb 5, 2010, at 12:00 AM

Aikman8, get yourself right back down to the Lighthouse Shelter and get your old Owl gear back (even if you have to pay for it)! Sports in Marshall always seem to run in cycles, but the community's support for sports has always been steady and strong. Heck, I bleed red and black and still have old Owl gear from my time at MHS. I can't fit into any of it any more, but I cannot bring myself to get rid of it! Support MHS, whether it is band, academics, forensics, FFA, all sports, etc. GO OWLS!

-- Posted by OldOwl on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 3:36 PM

Congrats to these athletes for landing scholarships. Speaks to thier academic abilities as well as athletics as they at least had to qualify for the D-II scholarships.

And on to the commentary..... I have no idea why we got rid of Scott Latham who seemed to be easy to work with and good at the job. Rumor has it he told too many friends and relatives of board members "no" once too often.

As far as Coach Thomas, I always found him to be a good role model, a very mature person, and a fine example of what a high school teacher should be about. I guess we are still thinking we have what it takes in the community to be champions and somehow he was in the way. Sad logic if you ask me.

But on a brighter note, we do have some success these days. Our tennis program, both boys and girls is outstanding, soccer seems to be enjoying sucesses, cross country always seems to have several good performers, our volleyball program doesn't suck, and I am cautiously optomistic that we are going to see great improvement in our baseball team the next couple of years.

So, to me we are doing ok, just not in football, basketball, or wrestling, two of which are heavily dependent on teamwork, hmmmmmmmmmmmm.

-- Posted by Smart Dog on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 2:40 PM

aikman8, I understand how you feel! It does seem that way sometimes, but if the board makes the right move then things can and most likely will get better for the football team. Hopefully they will pick the right football coach and things will improve.

-- Posted by cjay on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 10:04 AM

aikman8 The Fair weather fan..............

-- Posted by OldOwlFan on Thu, Feb 4, 2010, at 9:55 AM

just proves they shouldn't have gotten rid of da coach. he produced good players with what he had. paul thomas is a good man and old school ... guess the parents just couldn't handle that. i predict the next guy will have even less success given the mess that is marshall high school athletics and all the parents and crap they represent. who even cares anymore? i certainly don't care. every parent is the same ... you only care while your child is in school and involved. after that .. fuggedaboutit!

i see where they are throwing latham under the bus now ... what's he not doing? i'd like to know.

everyone is just looking for a job these days ... no one wants a career, always looking to move on, no one ready to settle down and make a statement in a town and school like naylor did ... this athletic program died when cecil naylor resigned, when martin kugel resigned, kevin hart decided he had had enough of the crap, charles guthrey and wayne o'neal resigned over the years ... i'm afraid the marshall owl sports program is faaaaar from what it used to be ... maybe that's why i just donated my owl t-shirts and sweatshirts to the lighthouse shelter today.

-- Posted by aikman8 on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 10:57 PM

Congrats to you guys and to coach for your accomplishments. and hats off to coach for having the good sense to give these talented seniors the playing time they deserved.

-- Posted by WickedWitch on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 4:02 PM

Congrats to these young Owls. I know you will make us proud as you continue to represent MHS. Also, congrats to Coach Thomas, Having three players in one year move on to the college ranks is quite an accomplishment for you and your coaching staff. GO OWLS!

-- Posted by OldOwl on Wed, Feb 3, 2010, at 3:23 PM

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