Thursday, October 13, 2005

Byhalia Indians lose at home to Pontotoc

Sports Editor

The Byhalia Indians found themselves facing a familiar offense when they hosted the Warriors of Pontotoc last Friday.

According to Gaylon Jones, head coach of the Indians, they had played against the “shotgun spread” last season when they contested St. Benedict’s of Memphis.

The Indians’ inability to adequately defend the system allowed the Warriors to enjoy a 40-12 advantage at intermission.

Coach Jones said during the break counter measures were discussed.

“I think we found some answers,” he said. “Our team did a much better job on defense in the second half.”

The Indians’ first half points came on scores from Cordaryl Pigues and Nareka Harvey. Pigues scored on an interception in the first quarter, but the Indians didn’t convert the extra point. Harvey scored after receiving a short pass from Montrell Hardaway. This time the extra point try was for two, but failed.

Coach Jones said he had to go to his bench often in the second half because of injuries.

“Our reserves turned in good performances,” he said. “They really mixed it up in there. They slowed the Warriors’ offense when they got to the quarterback.”

Jones said the Indians still field a young team that is improving all the time.

In light of injuries in the second half, Byhalia went to the one slot back formation with Kelvin Chew in the slot. The Indians were able to score twice more before game’s end.

Unfortunately, the Warriors added 20 more points to make the final score 60-24.

Coach Jones named Pigues the most valuable player for his “all around performance” against the Vikings.

The Indians, 0-5 on the season, go to North Panola this Friday night for a district contest.

(Sports Editor’s Note: In last week’s coverage of the Indians, a couple of comments were attributed to Coach Brown. The quotes should have been ascribed to Coach Jones. Coach Bubba Brown is one of the assistant football coaches and the head baseball coach for the Indians. We regret the error.)

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