Thursday, October 6, 2005

Indians fall to Wildcats in district game

Sports Editor

The Byhalia Indians dropped their second straight district game Friday night.

The Indians, playing at home, dropped a 36-13 decision to the Independence Wildcats.

The Indians had first possession but didn’t make a first down. They went three and out.

They didn’t get off a long punt, but the Wildcats couldn’t make any progress either.

The Indians got the ball back but Montrell Hardaway, the quarterback for the Indians, was picked off by the Wildcats.

This time the visitors didn’t relent until they had worked their way into the end zone.

“They practically ran over us after that,” said Byhalia head coach Gaylon Jones. “They didn’t let up. They scored on two pass plays and went on to lead 30-0 at the half.”

The Wildcats started playing their reserves before the Indians could get on the board.

Hardaway teamed with Rico Harvey for Byhalia’s first scoring strike. The extra point was good.

Then later Hardaway threw a touchdown toss to Bubba Brown, but this time the extra point try was unsuccessful.

It cut into the Wildcats’ lead but not enough. The score was still 30-13.

Independence would score again, a touchdown turned in by their second unit, for a final score of 36-13.

In assessing the game, Coach Brown said turnovers in the first half really hurt the Indians. One example was when the Indians were down 14-0 in the first half and had the Wildcats stopped at their own 10.

“We had the opportunity to swing the momentum our way,” he said. “We knocked the ball loose but couldn’t hold on to it. It was plays like that which hurt us.”

Brown selected Jeraldo Lesueur as player of the week.

“He does a good job for us, and he never gives up,” the coach said. “But, you know, that is a quality of this team. They have suffered some disheartening defeats, but they have never quit.”

The Indians dropped to 0-4 overall and 0-2 in Region 3-3A with the loss. Independence improved to 4-1 on the season.

Byhalia hosts Pontotoc on Friday at 7 p.m. The Warriors fell 40-14 to Shannon last week and dropped to 1-4 on the year.

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