Thursday, October 19, 2006
Byhalia scores 30, loses to Blue Devils
By CLAUDE VINSON
In a game which saw a total of 85 points on the board, the Byhalia Indians did their share in the eighth game of the season and came up short.
This was also a district game for both teams, Byhalia and Water Valley.
The hosting Blue Devils were in possession first and they went right to work. They had nailed up two scores early, one on Ronnie Ferrell’s 10-yard run and another on Antonio Hoskins’ 6-yard carry. The extra-point try after the first touchdown failed, and then Ferrell got the two-point conversion following the second score. The home team clearly won the first quarter 14-0.
The Devils would open the second quarter with another score, this one on Jarvis Robertson’s 18-yard run. The kick failed. It was 20-0.
With Marcus Thomas calling the signals, the Indians were on the board soon after they took possession. Thomas called an option and sprinted seven yards into the end zone after splitting the Devils’ coverage. He then converted for two with a strike to Noreko Harvey.
They followed with a 12-yard toss to Zacarian Rayford, backed up with another two point conversion, this one from Thomas to Brandon Rayford.
Water Valley added one more first-half touchdown. Ferrell traveled 20 yards to the end zone. The try-for-two was unsuccessful.
The Blue Devils were on top 26-16 at the halftime recess.
The Indians picked up another touchdown in the third with Thomas scoring on a 3-yard keeper. They failed on the try-for-two.
They were still battling on defense but the Blue Devils managed a three touchdowns in the third to make it 48-22. The scores came on 8- and 11-yard runs from Ferrell and a 10-yard carry by Jarvis Robertson. Jeffery Vance kicked two extra points, and Eddie Mister caught a pass from Robertson for a two-point conversion.
The Indians were still trying to climb back into it in the final quarter, with Thomas hitting Harvey on a 40-yarder and then a 22-yard pass to Harvey to finish it off. Thomas also tossed to Harvey for the two-point conversion.
But once again, they failed to stop the Blue Devil scoring machine which put up one more score to make a final of 55-30. That Devil touchdown was the result of Marcus White’s 52-yard run. Vance added the extra point.
Byhalia head coach Devin Rutherford tapped Marcus Thomas as the MVP of the game, citing his stellar performance.
“Marcus ran for two touchdowns, passed for two, and also passed for three conversions,” Rutherford said. “He really did his job.”
In assessing the game further, Rutherford said the Indians are still fighting mental battles on the field. He said the mental balance will catch pace with the physical as the team continues to mature.
The Indians will prepare for homecoming and a contest with Senatobia this Friday, Oct. 20.
“This is a traditional program, a traditional winning program,” Rutherford said about Senatobia.
“Of course they are going to play us tough. And we expect to play them tough, also.”
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