Thursday, August 31, 2006
Indians drop opener
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians did a little “giant slapping” last Friday in their first regular game under new head coach Devin Rutherford but came up short.
The Lake County, Tenn., Chiefs football program is a solid one, having vied for the state title in their division last season.
The Indians were excited and anxious to hit the field. Marcus Thomas was the signal caller and he went the total distance.
Although the first quarter was plagued by mistakes and missed assignments, they held their opponents to eight points in the first quarter. But the Chiefs came back and tacked on another eight points in quarter two.
Byhalia had first possession to open the second half of play. They opened with Thomas hitting Noreko Harvey with a 42-yard toss that went to the 8.
Thomas called a quarterback draw and sneaked it over for the first score. He called the same play and picked up the two-point conversion.
The Indians scored again in the third to pull even at 16 all.
Lake County tacked up another seven to make it 23-16 at the end of the third. They scored an additional 21 points to take the victory of 44-16.
Coach Rutherford identified Thomas as the most valuable player of the game.
“You are never pleased with a loss but you have to be pleased with the way these guys played,” he said. “They(Indians) had an 0-10 season the last time out and came out and tackled a powerhouse like Lake County. I am elated with the overall manner in which we managed the game.”
Rutherford said the Indians will have have to keep trying to perfect the things which are working well.
Thomas hit 28 of 40 through the air for 372 yards and one touchdown. He also had 30 yards rushing and one touchdown. He also carried for two two-point conversions.
Wide receiver Noreko Harvey had three grabs for 81 yards and one touchdown. The other wide receiver, Darrell Malone, had three snags for 131 yards.
The Indians will travel to Ackerman for their next game of the season this Friday night, Sept. 1. Ackerman lost 33-26 to Carthage in week one of the season.
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