October 20, 2005

Indians lose on trip to Panola County

Sports Editor

The woes continued for the Byhalia Indians as they traveled to Sardis last Friday to do battle with the Cougars of North Panola.

The Indians had possession first in the Region 3-3A game and moved the pigskin steadily down the field being led by their signal caller, Montrell Hardaway. Byhalia made it to the 11-yard line, well inside the Cougars’ red zone.

They couldn’t punch the ball in and missed what head coach Gaylon Jones would call later as a “golden opportunity to strike first.”

North Panola got the ball and drove the length of the field, scoring on their initial possession.

Coach Jones said this had a demoralizing effect on the Indians, both offensively and defensively.

“We just couldn’t find the remedy after that,” he said. “They practically had their way with us.”

The Cougars scored in each quarter.

The Indians didn’t get on the board until the last quarter when Jeraldo Lesueur ran one in. The Indians converted for two with Kelvin Chew doing the honors.

Byhalia had another bright spot, almost. They intercepted the Cougars and ran it back for a score, but the officials threw a late flag and the play was ruled void because of a clipping penalty.

The final score was 34-8.

The Indians (0-6) must now prepare for homecoming against Water Valley this Friday, Oct 21.

Coach Jones said that the Indians are looking toward making some adjustments.

Water Valley, always a formidable foe, has been plagued by injuries. However, the Blue Devils are 5-2 overall after a 28-20 win Friday over Independence.

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