Thursday, September 7, 2006
Byhalia falls in battle of Indians
By CLAUDE VINSON
The Byhalia Indians headed a long distance southeast Friday to the home of the Ackerman Indians. This was the first of a pair of road trips for the Indians before returning home to Byhalia on Friday, Sept. 15, to host M.S. Palmer.
The Indians took the defensive side of the field first in the battle of the tribes, and Ackerman scored on its first play from scrimmage, a 50-yard run.
Byhalia turned the ball over on its first possession, and the host Indians quickly struck again to make a 16-0 score very early on in the first quarter.
The Byhalia Indians met the Ackerman defense on their next series, but couldn’t break through and had to punt away.
Ackerman tacked on more points, going up 32-0 after one quarter.
But Byhalia’s Marcus Thomas went to work in the second quarter, teaming with wide receiver Noreko Harvey for a spectacular 80-yard scoring strike.
The Thomas arm was still working later in the second quarter when the quarterback hit Harvey, who wasn’t brought down until he reached the 5-yard line. Thomas threw a short pass to Chris Hill for the score.
A two-point conversion after one of the touchdowns came on another successful toss from Thomas to Harvey.
The Indians from Marshall County trailed 32-14 at the half.
Ackerman tacked on six more points in the third quarter and seven in the fourth to go up 45-14.
In the fourth quarter, Terrion Smith struck from seven yards out for the visiting Indians’ last score of the game.
The final score was 45-20.
“We can see progress being made,” said Byhalia Head Coach Devin Rutherford. “We are gaining experience and confidence. The improvements are constant. We were so far behind the eight-ball when we started.”
Coach Rutherford named Noreko Harvey player of the game against Ackerman. He caught eight passes for 173 yards. On defense had six tackles and two sacks. Also, Terrion Smith had 13 tackles and two sacks.
The Indians will travel to Chester County, Tenn., for their next game. Chester County also has an 0-2 record.
“Hopefully we can win this one and get some momentum going,” Rutherford said.
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