Thursday, September 14, 2006
victory for Indians
By CLAUDE VINSON
New Byhalia Head Football Coach Devin Rutherford got his first Gatorade bath and his first win last Friday night.
And he got both on the road and across the border. The Indians had traveled to Chester County, Tenn., for their third game of the season. This one was part of a pair of away games before the Indians return home to open up district play this Friday, Sept. 15, against M.S. Palmer.
Marcus Thomas was the signal caller, however, the first possession went to the Chester County Eagles. That first quarter proved to be a defensive struggle with the Eagles controlling the pigskin for most of the period. The Byhalia defense caused it to be a 0-0 stalemate.
When the Eagles gave up the ball, and the Indians started to run their offense in the second quarter, things began to click. Marquise Green took a handoff from Thomas and skirted the end, going 89 yards for an Indian touchdown, and what would prove to be the lone touchdown of the game. Byhalia tried a two-point conversion which failed. The Indians had a six-point lead at intermission.
The third quarter was another see-saw scoreless battle with neither team having a decisive advantage.
The Indians effectively kept the Eagles off of the board. But they could not mount a passing offense because their premier wide receiver, Noreko Harvey, was triple covered.
“They must have taken a long hard look at the game film,” Coach Rutherford said. “The Eagles’ pass defense gave Noreko no breathing room.”
The final quarter was going pretty much the same way until Terrion Smith burst through and stuffed the Eagles’ signal caller in his own end zone to claim the safety and add two more points to the Indians’ tally.
The Indians had penetrated the red zone twice and were in position to score again from the 10 when a dubious call took the ball away. The questionable penalty was for holding and the Indians tried on fourth down but didn’t make it.
Coach Rutherford said his team was eager and excited as were all of the fans who made the trip.
“You could really feel the excitement,” he said. “The players were charged up. Throughout the whole game they never let up. I am happy for them and really proud. We are making progress.”
Rutherford said it was hard picking a most valuable player.
“When you look at the play of Chris Hines, Terrion Smith and Marquise Green, it is a hard choice. Green scored the touchdown, racked up 145 yards and one interception. So I have to go with him.”
He said Hines made the interception that killed the Eagles’ scoring threat in the waning minutes of the fourth quarter. That was Hines’ third interception of the season.
Smith has made a total of 25 solo tackles and three sacks. According to Rutherford, Smith has also shown on-the-field leadership.
“This team got this win by a solid effort,” Coach Rutherford said. “They took out a good team on the road.”
Byhalia (1-2) hopes to get another win this Friday night when Marks Palmer (also 1-2) comes calling. Marks Palmer lost 20-7 to West Tallahatchie last Friday night.
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